Empowering youth to heal from childhood trauma and abuse
The youth program is for adolescents who are courageous enough to be prepared to look at and heal from their childhood abuse and/or trauma. Specifically it is for
- 12 – 17 years: Young women (at high school)
- 12 – 17 years: Young men (at high school)
Heal For Life provides a 5-day residential camp for young people whose lives have been impacted by the effects of trauma and/or abuse. Symptoms include depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, aggression, self harm or thoughts of suicide, low self worth or low self esteem. Sadly, sometimes we are disruptive at school as well.
Additionally we can run individual healing days or week long programs for kids with very specific needs. These cost more than the standard program and we are happy to help out if that is what you need. We particularly welcome foster kids.
Parents and caregivers are active participants in all Heal For Life children and youth programs. We encourage parents to clearly explain the purpose of the healing week with their child prior to arrival; to attend a Parent Information Session on the first day of camp, and also importantly, join their child for a workshop on the last day of the program.
Young people need to be encouraged to recognise their behavior is not because they are bad, naughty or weak but their behavior and mental state is a result of the trauma or abuse they suffered. This takes the blame away and empowers the young person to change.
We believe that no young person wants to behave badly, however, it happens because of their unexpressed fear and anger stemming from the trauma and abuse.
We welcome all young people who wish to heal and ask both parents and children to understand the importance of safety at our healing program. Children need to be aware this is not a holiday camp; they are coming to change their lives by changing their behaviour.
Unfortunately some youth are unable to live and work safely with other young people. If this happens they are lovingly asked to leave the program and are invited to return as soon as they are ready.
What does it cost?
If you and your child feel the time is right to come to Heal for Life, please continue by clicking the register button below.
Once your registration and initial payment is processed a confirmation letter will be sent to you. It will advise the items you need to bring for your child’s healing week and will include a map and directions to the Heal For Life Foundation.