The newly opened South West Therapeutic Family Services is located in the heart of Bunbury and provides both early intervention and specialist psychological services to children, young people and families. The establishment of this service centre was developed based on the increase in demand for our services from schools throughout the Bunbury area.
We now offer both targeted specialist services and some early intervention and prevention services for schools and the community.
Trauma and Assessment Treatment Service
The centre which was opened in August with the support of set up funds from Lotteries West, provides a child and family friendly space for our Trauma Assessment and Treatment Services (TATS). The TATS programme offers;
- Specialist Psychological services including assessment and individual counselling for children, young people and adults,
- Individually tailored treatment plans utilising a wide range of evidence based and evidence informed interventions,
- Specialist assessment and treatment for children and young people who have experienced trauma from abuse including those who no longer live with their family.
The service accepts self-referrals and referrals from other community and government agencies. Our Psychologists are also registered with Medicare and can provide a bulk billed service under a valid Mental Health Care Plan, with no out of pocket expense for clients. Alternatively sessions are $143 per 50 minutes.
For further information or to make a referral please contact Emily Russell Clinical Services Manager on 0437 883 819.
School Based Support Services
In addition to our specialist psychological services the South West Therapeutic Family Services has also begun operating early intervention services in 8 primary schools in the South of Bunbury.
These School Based Support Services (SBSS) aims to provide support to families, increase the resilience of children and strengthen links between schools and their local communities. Services are easily accessible for children and families within the school campus.
The programme provides a range of activities individually tailored to meet the needs of each school based on consultation with school staff. Services may include;
- Individual brief supportive counselling for children,
- Small group and class group programmes focusing on Protective Behaviours, emotional regulation, anger management, social skills, healthy eating, bullying and making friends etc.
- Professional development training for school staff,
- Provision of information and assistance to families to ensure they feel supported within the school community and to link parents to relevant community and support services. This may be facilitated through parent drop in, parent morning teas and/or consultation with SBSS staff.
For further information and to find out how to get SBSS in your school, please contact Louise Hanna Early Intervention and Prevention Manager on 0459 134 292 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org