Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service at Paddington, operating since 1978, and is part of St Francis Social Services. We provide 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 and South-Eastern Sydney.
The Centre commonly works in the areas of trauma and loss, adolescent mental health, family difficulties and breakdown, family violence, substance abuse, homelessness, and juvenile and young adult offending. We work to strengthen young people’s connection to their families and communities, enhance their well-being and resilience, 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 operates a number of integrated projects:
- Adolescent and Family counselling and support: Individual counselling, family therapy, 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, Developmental theory, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic theory, Motivational interviewing and Family Systemic Therapy.
- Group Based Programs: a range of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups for adolescents and Tuning into Teens and Circle of Security for parents. Existing groups are facilitated with a range of external providers, including educational institutions and residential services.
- Mentoring Programs:
- 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 often combine counselling with casework, enabling our team to assist young people and their families with their internal needs (mental health) at the same time as improving their relationships in their external world (family, school and community.) We also create a safe, supportive environment or go to places young people and families feel safe, to remove barriers that may prevent young people from attending therapeutic sessions.