Launceston City Mission staff and volunteers deliver this program working within local primary and secondary schools in and around the Launceston area.
The course has seen approximately two hundred and fifty participants through the program in 2012.
INSIDE OUT 4 KIDS
About Inside Out 4 Kids
The Inside Out 4 Kids program is a program funded by City Mission and delivered in schools at no charge.
Inside Out 4 Kids (IO4K) is a unique program designed to specifically address the trauma, grief and loss experiences of young people. Operating in schools across northern Tasmania, the program delivers a holistic approach through early intervention.
The impact of trauma, grief and loss on children can have a profound effect on their their journey through life.
When trauma is experienced as a child, it can be associated with developmental difficulties; mental health difficulties; physical health difficulties; substance abuse; and involvement with police and judicial system. As these young people mature into adulthood, trauma can continue to impact their ability to regulate behaviour and sustain healthy relationships in society.
Children meet weekly in small support groups with a trained facilitator. In this safe, confidential and caring environment, children can talk, share, cry, listen and participate in activities and games while learning strategies to deal with their grief
The IO4K program runs for eight weeks, incorporating a weekly 45 minute session. As part of the program, each child receives a journal and folder to take home, along with their choice of a 'buddy' which is a soft toy. For many children, this can be their first soft toy.