Working with ACES & Preventing Adverse Outcomes

ACES: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Whāraurau is committed to supporting the infant, children and youth mental health and AOD workforces across sectors to deliver quality practice aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of infants, children, young people and their families/whānau.

By enhancing the delivery of practice by the Children’s Workforces we aim to support children, young people and whānau wellbeing.

While many children who have a parent with mental health and/or addiction issues do well, a proportion are vulnerable to a range of poor outcomes, including increased risk of developing wellbeing issues.

The Parent and Teacher Team | Te Taunaki Mātua Pouako provide workforce training and support for the Incredible Years® Teacher and Parent programmes, Triple P: Positive Parenting Programs and PCIT programmes.

These programmes provide evidence-based parenting support to whānau and aim to strengthen relationships between mātua and their tamariki.

The responses of children/tamariki to a traumatic event vary. Even children/tamariki exposed to the same traumatic event may have different responses. Nearly all children/tamariki express some kind of distress or behavioural change following a traumatic event.

The responses of children/tamariki to a traumatic event vary. Even children/tamariki exposed to the same traumatic event may have different responses. Nearly all children/tamariki express some kind of distress or behavioural change following a traumatic event.

A series of eLearning modules are available for Raising trauma awareness for caregivers and people working with children and whānau.

While many children who have a parent with mental health and/or addiction issues do well, a proportion are vulnerable to a range of poor outcomes, including increased risk of developing wellbeing issues.

This initiative aims to increase the capability of health professionals to identify and attend to the needs of these children and their family/whānau. This may include the development of resources for the sector(s), identification of the pathways for support, and a strategic plan regarding the implementation of best-practice COPMIA initiatives. It builds on Ministry of Health scoping (Williment, MOH 2012).

This project is led Whāraurau in collaboration with the other workforce centres: Te Pou, Matua Raki, Abacus and Te Rau Ora (formerly Te Rau Matatini). MORE...

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In assisting the move towards family/whānau-centred mental health and addiction services, the Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) National Project Team have partnered with The Bouverie Centre, Victoria’s Family Institute to implement the Single Session Family Consultation Model across the mental health and addiction sectors in New Zealand.

The Single Session Family Consultation model (SSFC) is a brief process for engaging and meeting with families/whānau that aims to clarify how the family/whānau will be involved in the individual’s care or support, and to help family/whānau members identify and address their own needs.

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Supporting Parents

Parent & Teacher team