Mid Coast 4 Kids works in partnership with our community to deliver training and events that help build the capacity of our child serving systems.  See below for current and upcoming training:

Understanding and responding to anxiety in children

Here’s an informative workshop on understanding and supporting children with anxiety.

𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲: 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟭 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲
𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲: 𝟵.𝟯𝟬𝗮𝗺-𝟮.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺
𝗩𝗲𝗻𝘂𝗲: 𝗖𝗹𝘂𝗯 𝗧𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲 (𝟭𝟮𝟭 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗵𝗮𝗺 𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱)
𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱

Recent events have been a source of worry and uncertainty for us all. When we understand anxiety and ways to manage it, we are in the position to connect and support a child feeling overwhelmed by anxiety. This workshop will explore:

  1. The child in context
  2. Physiology of anxiety
  3. Definitions of anxiety
  4. Anxiety diagnosis
  5. Anxiety at school
  6. Skills, tools, and strategies to manage anxiety

Rebecca Ryan is a local registered psychologist who works primarily with children and people with diagnosis. Rebecca studied in Canberra and previously worked as the Manager and Senior Disability Advisor at the Australian National University and as a National Disability Coordination Officer for the Australian Government. Prior to that Rebecca worked with the state government and provided psychology services to eligible clients.

This training opportunity is funded through Communities for Children and is facilitated by Mission Australia with the support of Mid Coast 4 Kids.

𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘: http://tix.yt/matrain
Numbers are strictly limited


The Common Approach

The Common Approach® is a prevention-focused and flexible way of working to help everyone have quality conversations with young people and their families about all aspects of their wellbeing. These aspects fall into six wellbeing areas that align with The Nest: Loved and Safe, Healthy, Participating, Positive Sense of Culture and Identity, Material Basics, and Learning.

It encourages those working with children, young people, and families to work in partnership with them, focus on strengths, place the child at the centre of the conversation, and consider all aspects of a family’s circumstances.

The Common Approach is supported by a suite of resources that facilitates conversations with families by providing prompts and guidance for practitioners. It is not a standardised risk assessment tool, but rather a simple, versatile way of working that enables child-led and child-focused discussion across all areas of wellbeing.

MidCoast 4 Kids and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) have been successful in securing funding to support training in, and the delivery of the Common Approach through to the end of 2022 with further funding to support this work from FRRR (Foundation for regional and rural renewal) . You can download a copy of the information brochure here. We’ll be delivering a number of community training sessions over the coming months so if you or your organisation are interested in this training, please get in touch with us via email.



Mid Coast 4 Kids and Mission Australia are thrilled to have been selected  to deliver a Community Wellbeing Program on behalf of the Primary Health Network as a bushfire and disaster recovery measure. 

Although this funding is primarily in response to the 2019-20 bushfires, we know that it will also be valuable in addressing additional layers of trauma and stress on our community following the March 2021 floods and the ongoing mental, emotional and social  impacts brought about by the Covid pandemic.

This one year community recovery program has now been extended for another six months (concludes December 2022) and includes three vital  components – The Resilience Project, Youth Mental Health First Aid courses aimed at those working with youth and  Trauma Informed Care and Practice Workshops for educators and anyone working with young people in our community.


The Resilience Project

As part of this valuable program Mid Coast 4 Kids is facilitating eight early childhood centres and eight primary/high schools in bushfire impacted communities to take up The Resilience Project. 

The Resilience Project is a positive mental wellbeing program that uses emotionally engaging activities for schools and early childhood centres. It provides practical, evidence-based positive mental health strategies that support children and young people become more resilient.

Through presentations, school curriculum, events, the TRP App, and Wellbeing Journals, this program shares the benefits of Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness, and easy ways to practise these in everyday life.

It also incorporates Emotional Literacy, Connection and Physical Health education and activities as they are foundational contributors to positive mental health.

There is also a specific Early Years component to this program which will be delivered to our early childhood  centres which has been mapped against The Early Years Learning Framework.

Why the Resilience Project is so important: We know the bushfires, the Covid pandemic and more recently the floods have had a huge impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people. Even before these consecutive traumas the statistics are sobering:

  • 1 in 4 adolescents have a mental illness
  • 1 in 7 primary schools kids have a mental illness
  • 1 in 5 adults will experience mental ill-health throughout the year
  • 65% of adolescents do not seek help for mental illness

When: The Resilience Project will be rolled out over the coming months. Right now we are asking early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools to register their interest in the program.

To register your interest in this project please email SchaeferV@missionaustralia.com.au or phone Val on 0429 226 020.

Next Steps: Once you’ve registered your interest we will send out an information package and an expression of interest document to be completed.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

In conjunction with Manning Mental Health we will be offering four courses across 2021-22 in a mix of learning modes, some face to face over two consecutive days, others over two split days and a third ‘blended mode’ combining online and face to face training. 

Mental health first aid is the help provided to someone who is developing a mental health problem, has a worsening of an existing mental health problem or is in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

What does Youth Mental Health First Aid Training involve?

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training programs authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and conducted by accredited MHFA Instructors across Australia. Lauren Vaughan – School Link Coordinator/Occupational Therapist will be facilitating these courses, teaching adults how to assist adolescents who are developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

Pictured below: Lauren Vaughan (left), Occupational Therapist and accredited Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Beth Holroyd, Midcoast Coordinator with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAHMP) delivering our Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. 

TAREE: two day face to face training  at Club Taree on Tuesday 22 November and Wednesday 23 November, 9am-4pm.

Do you work with young people or children in the Mid Coast?

The past two years have presented our young people with so many confronting and traumatic experiences through drought, bushfires, the Covid19 pandemic and floods.

Now, more than ever it’s important we learn about the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and harness the tools to reach out to our young people and have what could potentially be a life saving conversation.

This is where the Youth Mental Health First Aid course comes in… aimed at any adult working or living with adolescents (aged between 12 &18 years).This course is particularly suitable for parents, teachers, sports coaches, and youth workers.

Registrations for this training will open soon.

To be advised when ticket registration is available please email  SchaeferV@missionaustralia.com.au



Trauma Informed Care and Practice Training – October 2022

The next Trauma Informed Care and Practice workshop  in our Community Wellbeing Program will be held on Tuesday 11th October, 9am-4.30pm.

This training will assist anyone working with children and young people to be better informed about trauma and its impacts on learning and care.

Trauma-informed Care and Practice is essential in preventing traumatic events experienced in early life (such as bushfires) from damaging the developing brain.

This practical workshop will assist educators to respond to people in a trauma informed way and provides the opportunity to understand the impact of interpersonal trauma on behaviour.

Registrations for this training will open soon.

To be advised when ticket registration is available please email  SchaeferV@missionaustralia.com.au

Pictured below: Our Trauma Informed Care and Practice workshop held in May at Gloucester.

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