How does Seasons for Growth work?
Seasons for Growth is a small group education program that supports adults to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and respond well to experiences of change, loss and grief.
Seasons for Growth supports adults who have experienced change and loss, including, family separation; loss or death of someone they care about; loss of a pet; relocation and forced migration; physical or mental illness; or impacts of war, terrorism or pandemics. While the adult program reflects the same underlying theory as the Children and Young People's program, it incorporates sound adult learning principles to help build resilience and promote the social and emotional wellbeing of adults as they adapt to change, loss and grief in their lives.
What are the learning outcomes for adults?
Seasons for Growth supports connection with others going through similar circumstances, fostering emotional literacy and resilience as a pathway to improved social and emotional wellbeing. Specifically, the program provides a safe learning environment for adults to:
- Acknowledge their experiences and recognise they are ‘not the only one’
- Understand that their feelings and other behavioral reactions are normal
- Develop skills for coping, positive choices, goal-setting and decision making
- Build a peer support network and a felt sense of belonging and connection
- Help restore self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect
How is the Seasons for Growth program delivered?
The Seasons for Growth Adult program consists of two components:
Understanding Change, Loss and Grief seminar (3 hours)
The three-hour seminar is designed for delivery in workplace and community settings with up to 25 participants, where groups and individuals are seeking to deepen their general understanding of change, loss and grief.
Exploring the Seasons of Grief small group program (4 x 2-hour sessions)
The small group program (4-7 participants) supports participants to learn about the personal impacts of change, loss and grief and develop skills in communication, decision-making and problem-solving.
We suggest that anyone impacted by bereavement wait 6-12 months before participating in a Seasons for Growth Adult program. The small group program is not designed to be used in one-on-one counselling, or as a large group presentation.
What do I need to deliver the Seasons for Growth program?
Companions trained in the program are often professionals such as teachers, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, mental health workers, chaplains or those working in pastoral care.
Companions attend ten-hours of training which involves engaging with the evidence and theoretical foundations underpinning the program; and exploring the program content via an ‘inside out’ approach that immerses Companions in the key learning outcomes and activities. Trained Companions are supported with a comprehensive set of materials including manuals and participant journals and access to an online portal offering additional resources, networking opportunities and support.