The Youth Reconciliation program offers short term, one-to-one, strengths-based, solution focused counselling as well as family mediation. It is a non-pathologising model centering around collaborating with the young person to identify goals and find workable solutions.
The program assists young people to:
- talk about family difficulties and/or life experiences
- work through personal issues (such as anger, separation, loss and grief)
- explore options for positive change
- develop strategies to resolve conflict
- strengthen relationships
- access family mediation
What does the program offer?
- One-on-one and family counselling support that is confidential, free, voluntary, short term and solution focused
- Living skills workshops that are designed to promote personal growth, responsibility and self management
- Community Development in the form of networking, presentations, workshops, and provision of information related to homelessness, early intervention and prevention
- Mediation and facilitation of family meetings that support young people to re-establish contact with family, and/or to maintain and strengthen significant relationships
- Secondary Consultation and team support for Hope Street staff to ensure an holistic approach to service delivery
How can young people enter this program?
Young people must be:
- 16 - 25 years of age
- linked to the North and North-West Metropolitan region of Melbourne
- able to identify any family member (or appropriate person) as having a significant influence on their close relationships, wellbeing or security
Please contact your nearest access point(s) listed on this page to find out more about entering this program.
OUTCOMES SUMMARYThe program provided 41 support episodes, with 40 exits during the 2016-17 period. The majority of clients received formal counselling support and others attended life skill development group workshops.
Outcomes for young people in the program included:
- improvement in self-esteem
- enhancement of interpersonal life skills
- increased connections to community
- improved engagement with education and training
- increased access to specialist mental health support