About Centre 360 Youth and Family Service
Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service operated by St Francis Social Services at Paddington. The service has been operating since 1978 and has provided individual and family counselling, advocacy, practical assistance, group work and mentoring programs to highly disadvantaged young people aged 12-24 years and their families who either reside in or move through the inner city of Sydney.
The team is passionate and committed to delivering high quality therapeutic services. We work flexibly and creatively to enhance young people’s connection to their families and communities, increase their wellbeing, and to help them achieve positive life outcomes such as good physical and mental health, healthy relationship skills, strong support networks, stable housing, employment, education, and training.
The Centre commonly works in the areas of trauma and loss, adolescent mental health, the emotional difficulties associated with family dysfunction and breakdown, substance abuse, homelessness, and juvenile and young adult offending.
The Centre operates a number of integrated projects:
• Adolescent and Family counselling and support: Family counselling, parenting programs and case management with a focus on early intervention. We use a trauma informed and strengths based approach to our work with all our clients. We also draw on several other therapeutic frameworks, depending on the needs of the individual client and skills of the counsellor, including Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic theory, and Family Systemic Therapy.
• Group Based Programs: a range of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups for adolescents and Triple P for parents. Existing groups are facilitated within a range of external providers, including educational institutions and residential services.
• Mentoring Programs:
o TeamUp: A social and wellbeing mentoring Program for disadvantaged young people aged 15-21
o Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partnership: Young people are partnered with employees from the HSF law firm for group social and recreational mentoring activities. They also receive a scholarship to put towards their education.
We offer a combination of Counselling with Case Work, enabling our team to assist young people with their internal needs (mental health) at the same time as improving their relationships in their external world (with family, school and community.) We also create a safe, supportive environment or go to places young people feel safe to remove barriers that may prevent young people from attending therapeutic sessions.