A prevention and intervention program for children aged 6 to 13 years, who are affected by addiction or untreated mental illness in the family system, is being run on selected weekends throughout the year at South Pacific Private Hospital, in Curl Curl.
The Children’s Program emphasises helping children to identify and express their feelings, to talk openly and freely about what living with these family problems is like. They learn new skills to express their feelings in healthy and safe ways.
The two-day program also teaches youngsters a variety of problem solving, coping and self-care tools. Children realise that they have self-care choices in how to respond to life events and it is OK to ask for help along the way. It is run in conjunction with a parenting program for approved parents and/or carers of the children.
Goals of the Program
The program, through a number of carefully designed games and activities, will support children with undeveloped social and verbal skills to express themselves, to learn self-care concepts and to work together as a team. The goal is to sow the seeds of health and wellness and empower the children.
Children have the opportunity to:
· Explore and express feelings in a safe and supportive environment
· Understand addiction and co-dependency in an age appropriate way
· Learn a variety of problem solving, coping and self-care strategies
· Build self-esteem, self-worth, and positive feelings about themselves
· Trust themselves and others
· Realise they are not alone
· Simply be kids by learning to have fun in safe and healthy ways
The 2018 dates for the program are:
March 10/11; April 7/8; May 5/6; June 2/3; June 30 – July 1; August 4/5; September 8/9; October 27/28 and November 24/25.
Above all else, the program allows children to be kids, to laugh, play, be curious, and explore.
To find out more about the program call 1800 063 332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org