We are a residential program situated on a several farms for young people who have entered the juvenile justice system or are at risk of, due to their behavioural issues. The age of the young people ranges from 17 to 35 depending on the mix of young people currently residing at the farm.
In addition, we offer a transitionary support for guardianship children. This would entail the provision of a detailed plan of support, skills development and linking with community and employment.
Support to manage complex behavioural issues that have become a barrier to living independently.
As the young person works towards transition to independence the we offer support in a step-down model approach which involves transition to living in the community with reducing supports.
Post care support is provided and we encourage the young people to retain connections with the organisation.
We provide a therapeutic wrap around service involving access to Psychologists, Clinical Social Worker and a Developmental Educator.
Our support workers are highly trained in the SA Living Solutions therapeutic model and focused on evidence and relationship based support.
We are outcomes focused and regularly review progress and adapt services as needed.
The farms themselves are functioning farms with farm animals, as well as produce the young people are encouraged to become involved in. Tthis provides a structured routine that staff adhere to, to support residents to have predictability in their day and contact with nature and animals.
Providing opportunities to meet educational and recreational needs and have positive life experiences to build resilience by providing a sense of achievement and belonging are key aspects of providing Trauma Informed Care. These are also key aspects of the Good Life Model, which focuses on replacing activities that the young person partakes in to meet certain needs with legal and socially acceptable activities to meet these same needs - a model we draw from when working with young people with forensic histories. We therefore provide assistance to access educational supports, to develop a regular routine, learn life skills and work ethics on the farm, and provide assistance with finding and keeping employment in the local community.
For reactional activities that provide positive experiences, we offer:
• skiing on the Murray river (occurs weekly in summer)
• art therapy
• anger management group therapy work
• in house gym
• movie nights
• quad bike riding • fishing
• 3-4 regular camps through the year
• Proposal for Aboriginal specific camp for return to lands
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