Children and young people aged 6-18 who are living with the effects of change and loss. Many factors can cause change such as:
Change affects everyone differently, as does grief. It’s the impact of the change, not the event itself that Seasons for Growth focuses on.
We suggest that anyone affected by bereavement wait 6-12 months before participating in a Seasons for Growth program.
"I loved the different seasons and how they can relate to losing someone"
Seasons for Growth is a small group program that combines psychology and education with peer support, within a person centred learning approach. It uses the metaphor of the seasons to explore the cyclic nature of grief, and is underpinned by William Worden’s tasks of grieving.
The Children and Young People’s program contains developmentally appropriate discussions and activities. Seasons for Growth normalises participants’ experiences, and can increase protective factors (including building personal resilience and social skills) while minimising some risk factors (including isolation) that influence mental health and wellbeing. The program also supports the development of communication, decision making and problem solving skills.
The program is run over 8 sessions with groups of 4-7 participants and is facilitated by trained adults called “Companions”. Teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, chaplains and health professionals are endorsed by their school or organisation to undertake a two-day training workshop to implement the program and to qualify to become a Companion.
The children and young people participating in the group are provided with a safe space to learn, share and reflect and are supported by richly illustrated participant journals.
Seasons for Growth provides the support and space for children and young people to:
MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.