In its history, the Seasons for Growth program has been adapted to meet the everchanging needs of children, young people and adults. These adaptations have been developed to help children and young people following experiences of suicide, forced migration, home-based care, pandemics and natural disasters.
There are five core adaptations of the Seasons for Growth program:
- Stormbirds: Growing through natural disasters;
- Seasons for Growth: Parents;
- Seasons for Growth: Adults;
- Seasons for Growth: Children and Young People; and
- Seasons for Healing.
The Stormbirds: Growing through natural disasters program was developed from the foundations of the Seasons for Growth program in 2009 to support children and young people to adapt to experiences of change and loss following natural disasters. In response to the Australian bushfire disaster in 2020, Stormbirds 2nd Edition was launched, incorporating recent research, evidence and best practice. Stormbirds has supported over 10,000 children and young people in Australia and New Zealand following bushfires, floods, storms, cyclones, monsoons and earthquakes.
In 2014, the Seasons for Growth Parent program was developed to complement the Children and Young People’s program. It was developed to provide parents and carers with an opportunity to better understand the experiences of death, separation and divorce from a child’s perspective and to explore the ideas and strategies they may wish to consider as they support their children to transition through family change.
Support for adults in their experiences of change, loss and grief is a critical part of our work. The Seasons for Growth Adult program was specifically developed in 1999 to address the needs of adults to understand and respond to significant change, loss and grief events in their lives. While the adult program reflects the same underlying theory as the children and young people’s program, it incorporates adult learning principles and a wider range of life experiences. Now in its 3rd Edition, it has supported adults in community agencies and correctional facilities since its inception.
Seasons for Healing was developed in 2012 in partnership with Aboriginal Family Support Services, South Australia, with funding provided by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation. The program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, replying to requests from Aboriginal communities for respectful, collaborative support in responding to the impact of intergenerational loss and grief.
Our suite of Seasons for Growth programs has been evaluated by Australian universities on numerous occasions since their inception in 1996. The Children and Young People’s program is recognised in evidence-based program directories with the Australian Government’s Australian Institute of Family Studies Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles and the national mental health in education initiative - Be You Program Directory. In 2019, the program was recognised with a ‘high impact’ rating in the in Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018–19 National Report and in Research Impact NSW report by the NSW Education Department.
We acknowledge and are grateful for the ongoing support of Professor Anne Graham AO and the Sisters of St Joseph in supporting the programs to meet the needs of over 350,000 children, young people and adults in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales. We are committed to a continued focus on research and evaluation of the Seasons for Growth programs to ensure they respond to the growing needs of children, young people and adults.