Get started on your journey to becoming trauma – informed
Over the last 35 years, the ACT Group has worked in partnership with a range of organisations, providing trauma informed support services to:
Have a look at some of our longest partnerships below, including some information about our student placement opportunities:
Permanent Care and Adoptive Families (PCAF)
The ACT Group and PCAF have worked together since 2009 supporting foster carers and workers by addressing their training and support needs.
We provide support to the child, carer and system for as long as it takes to stabilise the placements. Support plans are developed with the child’s case manager, and often include:
- a comprehensive assessment, including cognitive assessment if required, and development of a Therapeutic Change Plan
- therapy for the child
- secondary consultation to the carer and child’s teachers
- skill development for those significant contributors to the child’s life, such as teachers.
During our partnership with PCAF we have prevented 91.5% of placements from terminating, with cost savings to the community of more than $5 million.
St Albans Primary School
We have been working with St Albans Primary School for nearly five years; helping to develop their staff’s capacity to understand and manage challenging student behaviours.
We provide a combination of:
- our learning and support programs
- two embedded ACT Group clinicians
- and a variety of other support services.
This has resulted in improvements in learning outcomes each year since the program began.
Burrun Dalai Aboriginal Corporation Incorporated
We partnered with Burrun Dalai, a foster care organisation for Aboriginal children and young people, over a five-year period to support them in becoming trauma-informed.
- extensive professional development including the Homes that Heal Program
- comprehensive cognitive and bio-psycho-social assessments, from which we developed Therapeutic Change Plans (TCPs) for the children and young people.
We were honoured to become an integral part of the Burrun Dalai community, and we learnt as much from them about Aboriginal history and their experience of standing up against oppression and racism in their country as their staff learnt about trauma from us.
Every year, we provide opportunities at the ACT Group for a number undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our dynamic and rewarding placements provide supported experience for students in child therapy, educational needs assessments, bio-psycho-social assessments and systemic work. They are also a unique opportunity to attend training on the effects of childhood trauma.
We have current student placement partnerships with the ACU, RMIT, Deacon University and Charles Stuart University. If you, or your university is interested in our placement opportunities, please get in touch.