MacKillop Family Services' Seasons For Growth showcase at NSW Parliament
A ground-breaking program, run by MacKillop Family Services’ Good Grief
, featured in a Southern Cross University breakfast showcase at NSW Parliament House on 19 September 2019, hosted by Sarah Mitchell, the Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning.
Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change and loss education program that uses imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief. It works to strengthen the emotional wellbeing of children, young people, adults and parents who have experienced major loss and life changes.
The program featured in the NSW Parliament showcase because it was awarded a “high impact” following a submission from Southern Cross University for the 2018-19 Engagement and Impact Report for the Australian Research Council (ARC). The ARC requires universities to submit case studies from their research that show practical implications following the funding grants received.
Good Grief worked with Prof Anne Graham from the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University to develop the Seasons for Growth program to support children and young people following death, separation, divorce and other loss experiences. It has since been adapted to support refugee children, young people following suicide events and children involved in natural disasters. The program has also been adapted for adults experiencing loss, Indigenous people, prisoners, and parents of children in the program.