Skattle will support any children, teenagers, and their families who are experiencing difficulties arising from life changing events. We aim to facilitate personal growth by recognizing , nurturing , developing and utilizing the knowledge, strengths, skills and expertise of the children, teenagers and their families. This will be achieved using processes that are respectful, collaborative, non-discriminatory and family inclusive.
Our individual and family support involves the use of creative mediums such as art, movement, music and play to assist the children, teenagers and their families with any immediate difficulties associated with significant changes.
Our 3-5 year old, 6-12 year old and teenager groups are facilitated by a team of buddies trained in playful approaches to grief counselling.
Story-telling, art, meditation, music, clay, guided imagery and movement are all used to ensure that the experience captures the attention of the children and teenagers.
A Buddy is a person who contributes positively to the support of the child, teenager and their family through journeying with them through their experience at SKATTLE.
The Buddy comes to SKATTLE with prior counselling skills/knowledge and while here learns techniques that draw on the expertise of the child, teenager or family member while incorporating tools such as art, play, music, sand tray therapy, yoga and meditation. The buddy’s goal is to assist the child, teenager or family member to:
A buddy can be involved in group, individual or family sessions depending on their level of training and experience.
The ‘Tree of Life’ is a 7 week program for children aged 6 to 12 years, who are experiencing difficult changes in their lives. The Tree, Forest, Storms, Sun and Rainbow metaphors are used to create a story of change and resilience, in the hope that the children will walk away feeling stronger.
‘Sophie and Sam’s Journey’ is a 7 week journey for children aged 6 to 12 years, who are experiencing difficult changes in their lives. Sophie and Sam are characters who take the children on a journey through their own change, in the hope that the children will walk away feeling strong.
While the children journey with Sophie and Sam, parents and carers share their own stories of parenting through these times and explore ways of supporting their children.
Supporting children and young people aged 6-17 through life changing experiences
SKATTLE acknowledges that many children and teenagers may have difficulties coming to our Greenslopes house and consequently offer the program in schools.
The schools program uses a ‘Tree of Life’ concept developed by the REPSI Organisation in South Africa and the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide. It uses the Forest metaphor to assist children and teenagers to draw upon their own skills and knowledge as resources through difficult times.
The idea is based on the belief that children and teenagers are the experts in their own lives and may not be aware of their skills and knowledge due to the difficulties that are facing them. The program aims to acknowledge these skills and knowledge and create stories of resilience that are shared with an audience.
The children and teenagers come together for an hour each week for seven weeks in a school environment. Trained ‘Buddies’ facilitate the group by using resources which support the children and teenagers to acknowledge and author their own stories of resilience in ways that have them feeling stronger and more connected to their peers.
Program Cost: $1,200
SKATTLE (formerly Paradise Kids Brisbane) is excited to announce their third visit to Kutumb Orphanage in Varanasi, India in January 2014.
This rare opportunity will have participants being mentored and supervised in the application of Narrative Practice and how Art can be used as a resource.
The Tree of Life developed by REPSI and Centre Foundations, and community documenting developed by David Denborough, will be tools used to apply these ideas.
The entire experience includes five days of theory in Brisbane and a 10 day field practicum in Kutumb orphanage, Varanasi.
This rich cultural experience will have participants working away with an understanding of how Narrative Practice and Art can be blended together to assist children and woman living with the effects of loss. It will also highlight the usefulness of the approach in working with people who have different languages and cultures than our own.
SKATTLE provide training and mentoring opportunities to students, counsellors and human service workers. Explore how conversation and creative mediums such as art, yoga, mediation and metaphors such as the Tree of Life can be used to support families through loss.