Seasons for Growth and Stormbirds
Companions can be teachers, psychologists, chaplains, nurses, counsellors, social workers or anyone who feels that they are well placed to offer the programs within their community.
To become a Companion, individuals participate in a two-day training program for Seasons for Growth and one day for Stormbirds, facilitated by a skilled and accredited trainer. This involves engaging with the theory and principles underpinning the programs, experiencing the content, practicing the skills necessary to implement it well, and reflecting on the possibilities and limitations of their role so as to ensure a safe, quality learning experience for the participants they companion.
The recommended group size is 4 to 7 participants. This is to ensure Companion and participant safety and to support the development of effective group dynamics. The small group programs are not designed to be used in one-on-one counselling, or as a larger group or whole class program.
All potential Companions must be endorsed by their employer or organisation (school, government or non-government organisation, parish etc.). They also need to agree to a criminal background check within their state or territory and have clearance to work with children if facilitating the Stormbirds or Seasons for Growth children and young people's program.
Only trained Companions can order and use the Seasons for Growth program materials.
Seasons for Healing
When considering becoming a Companion for Seasons for Healing, it is important to ensure that, where possible, a Companion is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or if co-Companioning, that at least one of the Companions is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is to ensure that the continuing integrity of the program is upheld by acknowledging the wisdom and experiences of First Nations people around culture, community and their experience of grief and loss.
A Companion can be a teacher, social worker, Aboriginal health worker, counsellor, chaplain, or anyone in the community who has the endorsement of their organisation or community leaders. It is recommended that anyone who is applying to be a Companion has had opportunities to be able to process some of their own grief in response to losses they have experienced throughout their life; that they are of good standing in their community; and are authorised to run the program in the setting they are planning to offer it.
To become a Companion, individuals participate in a two-day training program which is facilitated by experienced accredited trainers in a face-to-face setting. This involves engaging with the theory and principles underpinning the program, experiencing the activities related to the content, practicing the skills necessary to implement the groups and reflecting on the possibilities and limitations of their role to ensure a safe and comprehensive experience for the participants they will companion.
Companions will be able to offer Seasons for Healing to small groups (4-7 participants) with appropriate resources for use in a range of settings. The program is not designed to be used in a one-on-one setting.
All potential Companions must be endorsed by their employer, organisation or leaders within their community. They also need to agree to a criminal background check within their state or territory.
Only trained Companions can order and use the Seasons for Healing program materials.