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Answers to frequently asked questions about LINKS Trauma Healing Service are answered below.
There are four LINKS teams in NSW:
If there is a particular reason that you or your child cannot attend the office or meeting place, your therapist will discuss this with you.
Children in out-of-home care can find it difficult to identify and express their feelings. This often leads to anxiety, fear and challenging outbursts. Sometimes carers have tried everything to help the children in their care, and don’t know what else to do.
Our LINKS teams can work with you and your child to understand their behaviours, identify their strengths and support their individual needs.
A holistic assessment by LINKS will take the child’s voice; the carer’s observations; and input from the child’s school into account.
No, LINKS is a voluntary program. Our aim is to help you and your child resolve challenges being experienced as a result of trauma. If you feel this is not necessary, your child will not be made to attend.
Therapy sessions generally occur weekly. However, your child may need to attend more than one appointment per week if multiple therapists are involved, or intensive therapy is required. LINKS therapy often lasts for about 20 weeks, but this is highly dependent upon the needs of your child.
Yes! As a carer, you can support your child to use new strategies; understand and develop a new story for their future; and prepare for life with all its ups and downs.
Yes! The LINKS therapist may want to speak to you without your child present, or ask you to actively participate in therapy sessions. Your presence is particularly important at the beginning and end of the therapy. You will also need to complete forms from time to time, and discuss whether home-based practice is required.
No, LINKS is a free service funded by the NSW government.
Please phone the LINKS team as soon as possible and let your therapist know. To get the most out of therapy, it is best that your child attends regularly and consistently. If you miss two sessions in a row without letting us know, your child’s place may be offered to someone on our waiting list.
Confidentially is taken very seriously by LINKS. Your therapist will discuss this with you and your child during your initial appointment.
Please visit our Referalls page for more information.
24 Oct 2023