Authors: Brooke Giudice and Christopher Lawrence, VIC
Event: 2013 TheMHS Conference
Subject: IMPLEMENTATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, SOCIAL INCLUSION, Trauma Informed Practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Sandridge (Mind Australia) provides supported accommodation to young people who are identified as homeless and have experienced significant trauma or abuse, in both residential and home based settings. Currently 90% of all referrals and over 70% of the current residents come from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This client group includes a large number of young people who are asylum seekers or from a refugee background. This paper will present how Sandridge adapted service provision to have more of an individual approach to allow for greater diversity of clients and the experiences they may have had prior to arriving at our service. Through collaboration with a range of other experienced service providers our Community Mental Health Practitioners are providing creative and innovative individual support. This support is trauma informed, culturally sensitive, and creates opportunities for social inclusion. It is an environment that brings together young people from a range of families, beliefs, cultures and experiences, and facilitates a process of learning and growing with each other.