It’s like winning the lotto.Louise Challis, Principal Hampden Park Public School, a KidsXpress partner school
Promoting children's mental health in school communities
Schools play a vital role in reducing mental health stigma and supporting the mental health needs of students and their family. But they can’t do it alone.
Our acclaimed School Partnership Program combines our Expressive Therapy and Education Services and involves dedicated trauma-informed therapists and consultants who move into a school for three years. They work closely with students, families and staff to improve emotional wellbeing and provide mental health support for the whole school community.
Schools who’ve partnered with us report the following outcomes:
- A reduction in teacher secondary trauma and compassion fatigue
- Improved teacher attrition rates
- Significant improvements in classroom behaviour
- Fewer suspensions/expulsions
- Improved student attendance and learning outcomes
- Improved parent/carer engagement
Support for Students
The program is comprised of Expressive Therapy using the therapeutic benefit of music, art, drama, play and dance/movement. A team of two highly-skilled therapists will support children in weekly sessions in the following settings.
Children are supported in a 1:1 setting in 30-60 minute sessions.
Regular weekly sessions are recommended and held in our expressive therapy space at the school.
Comprised of 4-6 children grouped by age and, where possible, referral reasons. Group therapy programs are facilitated by 2 Expressive Therapists in 60-90 minute sessions. Group Therapy is not suitable in all cases and will be assessed once a referral is received.
Tailored support for students as identified may include the following:
- Social and peer support during lunch
- Transition – to kindergarten and high school programs
- Tailored groups eg. Keeping Me Safe
Delivered by our specialised trauma-informed consultant, this support includes:
Whole-school workshops for educators
Support and strengthen teachers capacity to respond to challenges
In Class Support
Mentoring teachers to strengthen trauma informed practices
School Wellbeing Support
Kindy and High school transition programs, playground connection activities foster a trauma sensitive culture
Parent and Carer Support
Parenting programs and resources for families