Authors: Gillian Holt, Gabriella Holmes and Linda L. Viney, NSW
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: For Young People
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Over the past few years there has been increased discussion about the need for effective treatment programs for young people with dual disorders (mental illness and substance use). This paper will provide a brief overview of Triple Care Farm, a non-government organisation in rural NSW operated by Mission Australia, and the model for service delivery to a population of young people, for whom there are few treatment options. The residential treatment program combines psychotherapeutic treatments and rehabilitation, including accredited vocational training. Mental health treatment is provided in partnership with local medical practitioners. This innovative program has successfully provided interventions to young people throughout NSW and from other states for many years. Our client group include young people with major depression, a psychotic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, with significant associated substance use, and often with criminal offending issues as well.
We will discuss the approach to engaging young people in the program, ways of working with the client’s family, and the transition from the farm back to the client’s community.