At Play Therapy Melbourne we have pledged to support a number of children each year through our ‘Giving Back’ program through which we provide low or zero fee support to this children and families most in need. Supported by our wonderful Interns, this program is the cornerstone of our Practice. If you are interested or know someone who could benefit from this program please complete the following form as an expression of interest. Although we may not be able to offer a full course of therapy to all Clients, we will endeavour to provide some level of support.
Experiences of trauma are common and international studies suggest that between half to two-thirds of young people will have been exposed to at least one traumatic event by the age of 16 years. For young people in contact with the justice system or in the care of family and human services, from refugee backgrounds, those working in armed forces or emergency services, or young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the likelihood of having experienced trauma is much higher.
Early intervention for the impact of trauma is critical, particularly in instances where mental ill-health onsets, or is exacerbated, asa consequence. However, many young people do not have an opportunity to access support. The waitlist for accessing low cost or free support from organisations can often be 5 months or longer. This is just not good enough. Reasons include multiple systemic barriers which hinder professional help-seeking for trauma, such as personal financial limitations and a lack of service or clinical specialist availability (also well documented across a range of mental health issues).