Therapeutic Community

One on one counselling.

Life style patterns and behaviours are addressed with one on one supervision with a trained counsellor. Underlying issues of AOD addiction is identified and plans put in place to assist the recovery process. This is also time for the resident to discover themselves and find who they are as an individual, a mum etc.

The following strategies are also addressed;

  • how to deal with cravings
  • how to deal with the change of lifestyle,
  • dealing with the crises
  • managing stress.
  • integration strategies for return to community living

Group Therapy

Group Therapy uses the Therapeutic Process to bring out the internalised issues of the resident.

As topics are discussed often one person’s experience can trigger a response in another and great discussions take place which hold the healing keys to recovery.

Courses Undertaken

Throughout the program education, observation, role modelling is provided to mothers, both through external organisations and by Fresh Hope staff in the following areas

Parenting Education

Through tools such as Boundaries for Kids, Star Charts, Night Routine, mothers are shown effective and positive ways to interact and foster healthy development and relationship within their children thus restoring a balance to the relationship.

Boundaries

Provides mothers with the skill of learning where their responsibilities lay and education on how to say ‘no’ to requests outside their responsibilities. As the culture from which mothers have come is often a very pleasing one, it is essential for the residents to discover the freedom of ‘Boundaries”.

Drug & Alcohol Education

Understanding the effects of substance abuse on families, particularly children, and education on how to become a ‘straight mum’.

Anger Management / Self Esteem

Mothers attend Anger Management & Self Esteem courses run by the Salvation Army.

Fresh Hope also provides ‘hands on’ practical education on anger management.

Life Skills

Throughout the program the mothers are taught to manage the home. Cooking, maintenance, painting, gardening moving furniture, cleaning, purchasing food, catering for gatherings develops essential life skills along with self confidence, time management skills and decision making.

Budgeting

A local retired financial manager volunteers her time once a fortnight visiting Fresh Hope to work with the mothers in developing a budget, which includes a fortnightly spending budget, paying off any existing debts, developing goals for their life after Fresh Hope and saving towards those goals. By the end of the program mothers are able to develop a Budget, have develop a habit of saving, and are debt free or paying off large debts and have saved money towards bond guarantees and rent required after their graduation.

Craft

Card making, fabric painting, sewing, and scrap booking give the mothers an opportunity to be creative, learn new skills and create items and presents for the children and others, fostering their self esteem and creative skills.

Vocational Assessment & Further Education>

During the third stage of the program the mothers are required to find part time/ casual employment and/or commence further education.

Relationship Counselling

Relationships are discussed early in the program. This often takes place in group and individual sessions. During the third stage of the program the resident’s family or support persons are invited to attend the “Family Fun” program. This involves six (6) sessions held once a month.

Topics covered are:

Session 1:

Welcome.

  • Explanation and overview of Fresh Hope Program
  • Overview of RFSP program
  • Explanation of counselor/facilitator role.
  • Group guidelines (If more than one family present)
  • Education on communication (I messages etc).
  • Summary of session.
Session 2:

  • Communication Role plays
  • Discover addictive personality.
  • How do I set up a safe environment
Session 3:

  • Self Esteem
  • Boundaries setting and receiving
  • Humor – fun or damaging?
Session 4:

  • Managing conflict.
  • Learning to trust
  • Is the conflict fear based?
Session 5:

  • Family as a team.
  • It will never be the same (BUT it can be better)
  • Letting go but staying together.
Session 6:

  • Family moving forward.
  • Where do I go from here?
  • What is the role of Fresh Hope now I’ve graduated?
  • Presentation of Certificates.