Children's Change, Grief and Loss Support

Inside Out 4 Kids

INSIDE OUT 4 KIDS (IO4K) offers early intervention wellbeing programs. These programs are an initiative of Launceston City Mission and are conducted in local schools with the aim of assisting children to develop healthy coping strategies to manage change. All IO4K programs are delivered by trained facilitators in safe, confidential, and supportive environments.

 The programs we offer are:

- CHANGE, GRIEF AND LOSS:  This is a small group education program providing an opportunity to improve understanding of change, grief and loss.

- EMOTIONAL LITERACY – EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PRIMARY: This is offered in two stages - kinder/prep and 3/4 age groups. Working with class groups, experienced facilitators enhance children’s understanding of emotions and physiological responses, which helps with self-expression.

- UNDERSTANDING WORRY:  This is a psychoeducation program designed to support young people aged 7-12 who experience patterns of anxiety which may be impacting on their activities of daily living. Understanding Worry aims to improve awareness of the connection between the brain, thought processes and emotions. 

Inside Out 4 Kids has been facilitating our flagship program ‘Change, Grief and Loss’ since 2017 after more than a decade of providing grief support to children in our community. It was at this point that Launceston City Mission customised a program for Tasmanian school students to support them in moving towards healing when working through significant change, for example, family breakdown, or the death of someone close to them.

The Program takes place over a structured seven-week period filled with small group learning opportunities with a trained facilitator.  In this safe environment, participants are encouraged to talk and listen, as well as take part in games and activities, to develop strategies they can use to process their loss or change.



How can you help?

With many schools and families lacking the financial capacity or resources to access trauma, grief and loss support, City Mission offers IO4K as a free program,

To provide this free program, we rely heavily on the financial support of individuals and the local business community.

For each child participating in the IO4K program, the cost is $500. This includes delivery of an eight week program by a trained program facilitator, along with course materials.

If you would like to support the program, click here. For more information about Inside Out 4 Kids, please contact us.

Program Outcomes

Since IO4K began, demand for the program has continued to rise and numbers on the wait list increase. Here's what our program achieved in the 2017/2018 financial year.

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Their stories

Peta

Peta was referred to the Inside Out 4 Kids Change, Grief and Loss Support program when her parents separated. She was sitting with her facilitator arranging emojis into categories. She picked up a few of the cards in her hand and paused for a minute before saying, “You know I think a lot of people think that I am sad about my parents breaking up. This is hard to say and I’m not sure people would understand. I am sad, but I feel kind of bad because I am actually really relieved.”

The facilitator helped Peta sort through the emoji cards to find a relieved face and explained that it was perfectly normal to have mixed emotions during big life changes. She continued, “I knew something wasn’t right. The house was too quiet and I just wanted it all to be out in the open.”

Peta’s facilitator helped her draw a picture of before and after her family separation and identify where things had changed and what things were going to take some time to feel ‘normal’ but that they still cared for her all the same.

Peta left her session feeling lighter in her body after being able to express her emotions in a safe place and more open to accepting her new situation.

 

Jake

Jake was sitting in a session of the Inside Out 4 Kids Change, Grief and Loss support program playing a game with a giant, inflatable dice. When he rolled the dice across the room it landed on a two. Each number corresponded with a question to answer. Jake chose to pass and roll the dice again and again. Each time he would roll a two. He thought for a moment and said,

“I think the dice wanted me to roll a two so I would answer this question. I wish… my baby brother had been born alive.”

As he picked up the dice and walked back to the table another member of the group said, “Oh did he die? That happened to my Mum before I was born.” He put his hand on Jake’s shoulder, “that sounds really hard.” It was an exchange that lasted less than a minute but the facilitator knew something really special had happened in the group that session. The children had left knowing that they were not the only ones going through sad times.


Principal’s Story

I can’t say how much Exeter Primary appreciate the work of the IO4K staff and what they have done for our students".

"Your expertise, caring nature and ‘going above and beyond’ is amazing. You provide a safe place and time for students to understand how they are feeling and what they can do, which fits so well will our philosophy of empowering students to manage their behaviour and themselves.

Our students love participating in this program and talk extremely positively about you all".

Success Story

John's Story

Jenny's Story

Jenny contacted the IO4K team after her son's participation in the program through her school. She wanted to thank the team and share how much her relationship with her son had improved since his attendance.

Jenny told us that her son is now able to verbalise his feelings, which he had previously struggled with. She recognised this was a direct result of what her son had learnt through the IO4K program.

Since then, Jenny has recommended IO4K to her sister and niece, as she believes they would also benefit from the support offered through the IO4K.

It has helped me say what my emotions are, it has made me feel happy.

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