LBI Foundation works in collaboration with communities; big and small.
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All of our work is focused on partnering with both individuals and agencies who provide support to vulnerable or disadvantaged Australian children, young people and adults. This includes Australians impacted by trauma, mental illness, disadvantage, social exclusion or disability.
We are motivated by the observation that there is a big gap between the science of well-being, trauma-informed practice and growing capacity in others and how it is implemented by individuals and agencies for vulnerable communities. Our work is directed to this gap through five key service offerings:
- Training and Coaching – this includes trauma-informed practice, the flagship IMPACT Program, and clinical and practice coaching. We offer a range of free community development events and training (see Upcoming Events).
- Consultancy – we partner with agencies in the design and implementation of trauma-informed and therapeutic interventions that responds to the needs of the specific community.
- Specialist Community Development Programs – we have a number of community development initiatives, including the specialist Resilient IMPACT and Care IMPACT programs.
- Accreditation – we offer accreditation in intentional trauma-informed practice, as well as IMPACT Coach and IMPACT Trainer accreditation pathways.
- Resources – we are building a library of factsheets, videos, tools and resources on wellbeing, resilience, intentional methods, program design and implementation, and supporting/coaching others to meet the needs of specific vulnerable communities.
We have a dedicated resource, training and accreditation website (www.lblearninghub.org).
Our Approach and Points of Difference
We partner with individuals and communities within a community capacity building approach. This utilises existing individual and agency strengths and services. We do this by:
- Growing Local Capacity and Strengths – We provide community development initiatives, training, coaching, accreditation pathways and resources to sustainably grow local capacity. We do this in a manner that values and extends existing services and strengths.
- Empowering Communities to Empower Themselves – We respond to individual community needs and context. We seek to strengthen (not replace) existing services, and deliver meaningful and locally owned growth outcomes.
- Translating Science for Impact – We are dedicated to making the science of wellbeing, trauma-informed practice and how to grow vulnerable communities (1) accessible, (2) translatable and (3) get traction at-scale. Our work is underpinned by intentional practice.
We have developed, evaluated and refined two specialist programs to grow the capacity of children and young people from vulnerable backgrounds. LBI Foundation is currently developing and refining other specialist programs for communities in need. The specialist programs draw upon the five service domains.
1. Children and Young People in Care
Target community: Children and young people with backgrounds of trauma, instability or from circumstances of disadvantage residing (or at high risk of residing) in an out-of-home care setting (foster care, relative care, correctional care).
Aim: This program empowers and builds the capacity of supporting adults to provide children and young people the knowledge, skills and resources to heal, grow and/or reach their potential.
Additional information: see Care IMPACT.
2. Children and Young People in Educational Settings
Target community: Children and young people within educational settings (schools, alternative education sites etc) who come from vulnerable and at-risk backgrounds (trauma, guardianship, offending, disability).
Aim: This program empowers and builds the capacity of educators to provide children and young people the knowledge, skills and resources for wellbeing, life-long learning outcomes and community engagement.
Additional information: see Resilient IMPACT.
Other Specialist Programs and Collaborations
LBI Foundation is currently developing and refining other specialist programs targeted to the specific needs of vulnerable community groups impacted by trauma, mental illness, disadvantage, social exclusion or disability.
To understand these specialist programs and possible future collaborations, please contact Dr Ivan Raymond: firstname.lastname@example.org