Authors: Christine Edwards and Liz Mullinar, NSW
Event: 2010 TheMHS Conference
Subject: ACROSS THE LIFESPAN,COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH, Healing Trauma & Abuse
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Heal for Life Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based at Quorrobolong NSW. It aims to provide safe, affordable places for survivors of child abuse to heal from childhood trauma. A Healing Week involves a five-day program under the leadership of a highly trained facilitator who has access to two supervising psychologists and is supported by 3 trained carers. Each team works within a non-hierarchical, peer support model. In 2008-2009 an independent evaluation of the Heal for Life Program was undertaken. The evaluation used pre and post program validated measures including The Kessler Psychological Distress Scale, the Short Form (36) Health Survey, the Abbreviated Dyadic Adjustment Scale and The Parenting Scale, to assess changes in the psychological well being of 98 program participants. Improvements in participants’ scores were found on all measures, with the percentage of respondents who were likely to have a severe mental health disorder reducing significantly from 64% to 35%.