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Post Crisis Support

POST CRISIS SUPPORT

Family Camps inTouch

FAMILY CAMPS

Therapeutic Counselling & Group Work

Our camps aim to provide families who have experienced family violence with an opportunity to spend time together in a safe and engaging environment. Recognising the impact of trauma on families, and in particular on the attachment between mothers and their children these camps are a chance to strengthen relationships.

Families enjoy a few days away, taking part in camp activities, nature walks and visiting local attractions. Other activities include meeting members of Victoria Police, Welcome to Country by Aboriginal Elders, drumming, dancing, storytelling, painting and talent shows.

“In my life I have never felt so happy and safe, that nobody is watching me. When I was asleep in my room with my kids I felt so peaceful. It was like 100 days of holiday. It’s the best time and I have never been so happy. I loved the water, the beach was great”…Young 21 year old mum of two.

“I liked the Aboriginal man who came to welcome us – I saw similarities to my culture and I enjoyed the storytelling”.

Family holiday program inTouch

FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

Therapeutic Counselling & Group Work

At inTouch we recognise that for some families it’s difficult to plan fun things together on the school holidays. While mothers have some separate time to build friendships, focus on their strengths as well as some difficult issues, children explore similar themes through play, stories and drawing. Then they get together and share what they’ve learnt.

Topics covered include:

    • Journey and life in Australia
    • Exploring trust
    • Healthy families/relationships and communication
    • Adjusting to changes in family relationships
    • Resolving conflict
    • How to express and manage angry feelings
    • Respectful relationships
    • Gender roles and expectations
Children's program inTouch

CHILDREN'S GROUPS

Our children’s holiday program invite 8-12 year old’s to participate in activities over the school holidays. We explore some deep topics lightly through play, dance, drama and story-telling. We have taken children out on excursions to children’s farms, the aquarium, museums, art play and even a circus workshop.

Some of the topics we cover include:

    • Migration and life in Australia
    • Changes in relationships
    • Gender roles – expectations on men and women/girls and boys
    • Living between cultures
    • Healthy families/relationships
    • Respectful communication
    • Resolving conflict and building trust
    • Learning about emotions
    • Building emotional resilience and regulation
Women's Group inTouch

WOMEN'S GROUPS

Our women’s groups are usually ethno-specific engaging bilingual counsellors. Themes are developed specifically to ensure cultural sensitivity and relevance.

These groups engage varied strength based therapeutic frameworks including:

    • Drumming and dance therapy
    • Art therapy and textile art
    • Discussed based support
    • Parenting programs

 

Typically we explore issues around:

    • Living in Australia
    • Communication between generations
    • Understanding family violence
    • Motherhood and parenting
    • Social isolation
    • Strategies to manage stress, anxiety and depression
    • Respectful relationships
    • Assertive communication
Mens behaviour change program inTouch

MEN'S BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAM

Since 2009, inTouch with ongoing support from a reference group comprising of different stakeholders have been conducting Vietnamese men’s group (now recognised as Vietnamese Men’s Behaviour Change program). inTouch has recently received funding from the Department of Justice to continue two rounds of Vietnamese MBC groups and to explore establishment of a new (language specific) culturally and linguistically diverse MBC program. inTouch will work closely with various stakeholders and the Family Violence and Sexual Assault unit from the Department of Justice in the course of developing this program.

To download the Vietnamese Men’s Family Violence Program Evaluation Report, click here.

Update: With Relationships Australia Victoria as a lead agency, inTouch will be offering two rounds of Vietnamese Men’s Behaviour Change Programs this financial year. inTouch provides partner contact through its Vietnamese Family Violence Case Manager. Please click the link for more information Vietnamese MBC Flyer

For information on inTouch’s Arabic Men’s Behaviour Change Program email info@intouch.org.au