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Family Wellbeing Services awarded a new five-year contract

Baptist Care SA is pleased to announce that our Family Wellbeing Services Program (previously known as Family Mental Health Support Services) has been awarded a new five-year contract.

The new contract rolled out as of 1 July 2021, includes significant changes to the model including a focus on early intervention and prevention.

A team of seven counsellors will continue to work with children aged 7 and younger, young people and their families for an average of six months, both onsite and through outreach into Early Learning Centres, kindergartens, schools and community centres.

Group programs will also be offered in response to genuine needs identified through group supervision, individual counselling sessions or specific school requests. This means the team can work flexibly and collaboratively with clients and stakeholders to deliver interventions that are timely and relevant.

The new model prioritises establishing a ‘community of care’ around children and young people, using the holistic and evidence-based model that has been rolled out by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) as the common approach.

To achieve the goal of establishing these ‘communities of care’, mini workshops and education sessions will be rolled out across the community. This will help raise awareness around young people’s well-being and identifying risk factors and warning signs. Additionally, we’ll be working together with children’s identified support people to build a sustainable support network for them and reduce reliance on counsellors.

Through these activities, young people will gain the skills and knowledge they need to successfully navigate their lives, as well as a caring network around them to support them in their endeavours.

Ultimately, we’re working towards the day when a young person can tell us “We don’t need you anymore!”

 

Equipping Talia for success

Soon after her family moved to Adelaide, 7 year old Talia became very anxious when meeting new people and going to strange places. She stopped enjoying school, sports and even playtime.

After her medical assessment ruled out any physical or mental health diagnosis, Talia and her family were referred to Baptist Care SA’s Family Wellbeing Service. After a thorough assessment, Talia’s case plan focussed on psychoeducation, counselling and family capacity building.

Together, they learnt what happens in an anxious brain, what triggered Talia’s reactions and some new and practical tools for them all to manage these challenges successfully.

Things changed and Talia began to feel hopeful again.

 

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