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Seasons for Healing

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities know grief, and for many it is a complex, multifaceted and often overwhelming experience.  Seasons for Healing is a new small group grief and loss education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults who are managing experiences of change, loss and grief.  The program has been developed by Good Grief in partnership with Aboriginal Family Support Services (SA) with funding provided by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation.

Seasons for Healing is based on the successful Seasons for Growth Adult Program, and has been developed in response to requests for a culturally appropriate program to support Aboriginal adults in responding to their often complex experiences of change and loss.

The Seasons for Healing small group program is facilitated by two trained ‘Companions’ over 4-8 sessions to small groups of 4-7 participants, and where possible an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Companion should be one of the two co-facilitators supporting each group. Companions need adequate time to plan, deliver and debrief together to ensure a safe, culturally appropriate small group experience for participants.

Seasons for Healing Companion training will be available to interested agencies in 2013.  For more information about training or the program contact Kerry Stirling (kerry.stirling@goodgrief.org.au) or Melinda Phillips (melinda.phillips@goodgrief.org.au).