Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP) snap shot
by FRMP.
9th July 2015

Between July 2014 and February 2015 , the Bouverie Centre  were commissioned to deliver eight 'Single Session Family Consultation' training sessions in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

The training provided a framework to help practitioners make the most of each encounter with clients (whether it be an individual, couple or family session). It also offered key strategies to engage families/affected others, who may seek out a support service only once or twice at a time.

A total of 150 sector workers have completed the two day training across Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. FRMP is keen to bring the workers back together and has engaged the Bouverie Centre to deliver five sessions of 'reflective practice' to focus on:

Reviewing the key ideas from the training undertaken by the workers

Reviewing any activity with families since the training

Case discussion regarding families seen for Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC)

Implementation barriers and supports to SSFC.

The first session was delivered on 18 June at the North East Support & Action for Youth Inc (NESAY) in Wangaratta. The next sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

July 9 – Metropolitan Melbourne workers – Frontyard Youth Services

July 16 – Metropolitan Melbourne workers – Frontyard Youth Services

July 22 – Barwon region – Brophy in Warrnambool

The reflective practice session will provide an important opportunity to identify barriers and the effectiveness of implementing the Single Session framework. In the meantime, FRMP will continue exploring future training needs to enhance workers' skills in supporting young people and their families/significant ones.

Brokerage ($)

FRMP has funding that can be accessed by case managers across Victoria to support young people (aged 16–25) experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. If you are supporting a young person who is ready to engage in some form of therapy/respite/group work as part of their case plan, consider applying for one of the options below:

Individual Therapeutic Interventions such as family mediation, family therapies or individual counselling (provided by psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, art and music therapists, and accredited mental health social workers)

Psychological Assessment by a psychologist

Respite Care – to assist with living costs (e.g. staying with extended family or other short term option)

Group Work Participation – to participate work

Group Work – to assist an agency to run an established group, or create a new program.

For more information about how to apply for the brokerage, please click here.

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The FRMP Team

Yin Zhang: 03 9611 2416
Poppy Fotiadis: 03 9611 2406
Linda Schwan: 03 9611 2460