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LINKS Trauma Healing Service (LINKS) delivers trauma focused, evidence-based support to children in out-of-home care. Provided by the Department of Communities and Justice, the service seeks to decrease trauma symptoms, increase psychological wellbeing and improve behavioural and emotional functioning.
There are four LINKS teams operating in Penrith, Newcastle, Western (Orange hub), and the Illawarra.
LINKS isn't just about psychology - it's about supporting children in a holistic way. Multidisciplinary teams include speech pathologists, occupational therapists, Aboriginal mental health clinicians and psychiatrists. The evidence-based interventions used by LINKS include:
LINKS clinicians are committed to placing children and their carers at the centre of treatment, and ensuring that their voices are heard.
In 2020, the Parenting Research Centre completed a comprehensive evaluation of LINKS. The evaluation concluded that LINKS:
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