LIVERPOOL will be the base of a new type of trauma treatment centre for children that uses new brain mapping technology.
This model of therapy maps the brain development of children who have experienced trauma, and identifies developmental challenges and relationships which may lead to long term problems.
A $7 million State Government grant has been given to Uniting Care Burnside to help launch and run the new program called Youth Hope.
Burnside operations manager, Robert Ford, said the goal of this approach was to structure a child's assessment, identify their primary problems and their key strengths, and then determine the most appropriate therapy to suit the individual's needs.
"Different parts of the brain and different brain facilities develop at different ages," he said. "Trauma can alter that development.
"This approach will use specific techniques to accelerate brain development.
"For instance, most people can self soothe if they are upset, but sometimes people who have experienced trauma do not have the capacity to do that.
"Our aim is to provide these kids with the capability to do that for themselves."
The program will kick off early next year, and will be targeted at children aged 9-15 all over south-west Sydney who are referred through the Department of Family and Community Services.
Unlike traditional therapies, Mr Ford said the frequency and length of each session would be tailored to each participant.
"Traditional counselling might have the child come in once a week for an hour, but these sessions are intense and some kids can't handle that, so instead we might see them four times a week for 15 minutes at a time," he said.
"Unfortunately we do have a large client base who have experienced some form of childhood trauma.
"For us, this service is really about children having all the tools at their disposal that everyone else has and to give them the best opportunity to be healthy and productive adults."
Details: Uniting Care Burnside, 13-15 Memorial Ave Liverpool. Ph: 1300 244 826.