Odyssey House Youth & Family Services provides a range of outreach and centre based programs and services to young people aged 12 – 24 years and their families. The service aims to reduce a young person’s alcohol or other drug use and to minimise the harms caused by any current use. The program also helps participants to manage other problems like mental health, education, family and legal issues.
Participation in the program is voluntary and individuals wanting assistance can self refer. The program also takes referrals from the criminal justice system through ACSO (Australian Community Support Organisation).
Our Youth & Family Services include:
- Youth Alcohol and other Drug Counselling: A service where young people can discuss their issues and share their concerns in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
- Dual Diagnosis Counselling: A counselling service for young people suffering from mental health and drug and alcohol issues, delivered in partnership with headspace Southern Melbourne.
- Family Alcohol and other Drug Counselling: Families have an opportunity to come together to gain an understanding of one another’s issues, and then work towards a group resolution.
- Outreach: Assertive follow up and counselling with at-risk young people.
- Training & Drug Education: Workshops and seminars provided to a range of schools and community groups on drug and alcohol and other associated issues.
- Legal Advice: Our partnership with St Kilda Legal Service assists young people to access free and confidential legal advice.
- The Odyssey Camp Out: An annual camp program to provide at-risk young people with respite, life-skills training and meaningful life experiences.
- Recreational and creative activities: A range of activities to engage young people and enhance their self-esteem, confidence and community connectedness.
- Building Resilience in Community Schools: A holistic program that places a youth clinician at community schools to provide youth and family counselling, support, referral, drug education, secondary consultation and staff professional development.
Current community education partners include:
- FRESH, an alternative education setting run by SpiritWest Services, the community arm of the Western Bulldogs AFL Club
- Caulfield Park Community School
- Sydney Road Community School
When appropriate, Odyssey House Victoria also refers young people to a number of its partner organisations, which offer additional support or treatment options.
Cost: This is a free service.
Contact: Youth and Family Services