At Marist180, a young person’s positive change journey commences with a search for and eventually discovery of self-identity – where they want to be. We provide assistance to create the steps to get there, and the opportunity to build the skills to reach their personal goals.
Once the person arrives at their goal, we want them to be able to ask ‘what next’ and be able to take charge of their own planning, have the contacts to make these hopes a reality, and the confidence to reflect on where they were, and recognise the strength it took to get there – to be the person they are now and are yet to become.
At Marist 180 we don’t only pride ourselves on our mission, we live it every day in the way we speak, act and celebrate the successes of the children and young people we serve. Using our evidence-based recovery oriented therapeutic framework, we aim to support each and every person through to trauma integration and mastery of the skills they wish to grow.
Whether it be a short sharp program set to build skills or a longer term journey towards recovery and permanency, Marist180 seeks to create positive change by working with all our stakeholders towards targeted, tailored, outcomes-driven service delivery through several means:
Highly qualified and experienced staff who are well trained in trauma, attachment, positive behaviour support and how to help children and young people develop emotional regulation, and a voice to be able to actively contribute to their lives. Our dedicated therapeutic team of multidisciplinary professionals provide training, coaching, on site mentoring as well as treatment to support staff and clients in advancing towards their goals.
Aftercare planning that starts well before someone leaves our programs. Not only are we planning the journey whilst Marist180 is engaged, but after leaving us, we want to stay in touch, make sure things keep working and be there in case someone needs us a little while longer, or even better, wants to give back to others through employment, volunteering or mentoring.
Systems design has been contributed to by children and young people, evidence based, drawing from leading international research, feedback from current people in our services, and by working with external agencies that help us keep in touch with what people want and need within our services, and within the broader community of Australia.
Environments which are welcoming, therapeutically informed, and purpose specific to the tasks being completed, are also located within the communities we all work and live in to help maximise connection and long term relationships.
All planning is driven by children and young people and clearly outlines long term goals, the steps to get there, and how each person contributes to the end goal. This way we have a roadmap to where we are going and we all know what part to play to help a young person get to where they want to be long term, and to know how each step contributes to this plan. These plans seek to establish relationships, develop skills, and improve wellbeing in people’s lives so success carries on well after the program at Marist180 finishes.
Assessments are embedded in our intake and orientation program which help to identify a person’s strengths, which are then used as the starting point to understanding their worth, and what skills they may wish to grow. Using existing strengths helps us get to where we want to be faster because everyone has skills they can use to be an active person in their world.