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City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services Gain Respect and Increase Personal Power (GRIPP) Sylvia Marov Counselling and Support Team Leader/GRIPP Clinician.

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1 City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services Gain Respect and Increase Personal Power (GRIPP) Sylvia Marov Counselling and Support Team Leader/GRIPP Clinician

2 GRIPP is a voluntary program for young males between years, who have come to the attention of the court or police for violent offending. GRIPP aims to assist these young males by; Encouraging the development of positive values, attitudes and beliefs towards aggressive behaviour and violent offending; Assist in developing positive behaviours and skills, and Enhance the resilience to the underlying risk factors contributing to his aggressive or violent behaviour that will promote the development of respectful and non-violent relationships with family, peers, schools and community, and future intimate partners

3 The City of Greater Dandenong Youth Services provides both direct service provision and social and recreational opportunities to young people within the municipality Benefits of GRIPP within a generalist service include; Sits within a holistic setting Minimise stigma Opportunities for direct pathways to social and recreational options Broader community options that are available to all young people

4 In 2005, the Victorian Government released “A Fairer Victoria: Women's Safety Strategy” policy that directly identified measures to reduce incidences of family violence and violence against women GRIPP pilot was initiated in 2008 and was initially funded by the Department of Justice Courts and Tribunals branch. Evaluation undertaken by Health Outcomes International identified: Improved family, community and intimate relationships Higher levels of self esteem post program completion Improved impulse control Significantly high rates of re-engagement in employment, training and education Reductions in violence towards significant others Receive significantly lower sentencing dispositions 11% recidivist rate compared to state sample of Youth Supervision orders at 26% Background to the GRIPP program

5 Collaborations across: Magistrates Courts Mandated System; Youth Justice, Child Protection Clinical Services; Southern Health ELMHS, Primary Mental Health Teams Drug and Alcohol Services Secondary Schools; mainstream and alternative Community Services; Education and Training, Mentoring

6 GRIPP Criteria  Young person is aged between years  Has been found guilty of a violent offence which include but not limited to; assault, family violence, street violence, criminal damage, aggravated burglary, armed robbery  Has been placed on a Deferral of Sentence, Accountable Undertaking, Good Behaviour Bond, Probation Order, Youth Supervision Order or Intervention Order from Frankston, Dandenong or Melbourne Children's Courts  Resides in City of Frankston, Greater Dandenong or Casey or Cardinia  Young person has consented to the program

7 How GRIPP works  Intake and Assessment Criminogenic and Psychosocial assessments  Individual Intervention 12 individual sessions: ART and CBT model  Family Intervention Brief Solution Focused Therapy: crisis driven Collaborative problem solving model Parenting Sessions/ Sibling/ Carer  Court Progress reports and Attendance

8 Aggression Replacement Therapy Social Skill Building: redevelopment of social skill deficits in the areas including but not limited to: negotiation, listening, apologising, confrontation, environmental analysis, risk analysis, dealing with fear, shame, guilt, dealing with an accusation, expressing affection Understanding triggers and anger reducers Consequential thinking: ABC model of anger Moral Reasoning: development of insight, and victim empathy How to retain status whilst not engaging in violent behaviour Family Intervention: Hierarchy of systemic issues Re establishment of effective communication Crisis response and immediate solution What GRIPP does:

9 Advantages of Staying AngryDisadvantages of Staying Angry (short term)(long term) Feeling in control of social environment- prison Power - employment Protection- relationships People take notice of me- health I get what I want- people avoid me I get respect It’s easy, it’s what I know Keeps me safe Don’t have to change Approval Advantages of working at reducing the AngerDisadvantages of reducing the Anger (long term)(short term) Avoiding further punishment- pride and losing face Positive relationships- standing my ground Happier- respect Free up feelings and thinking- social standing identity I’ll have to take responsibility and work on

10 Case Presentation 1 Demographics: 16 year old male, violent towards father and sibling whom resides in the family home (sister aged 19) History of aggressive behaviour since age 10 within family home, escalating to physical violence to both person and property from age 14 Resides in residential care since age 15

11 Intervention Attended 13 individual sessions and 7 family sessions Focused on identifying history of trauma involving family violence, death of grandfather, displacement and its interplay in current behavior Mental health concerns: ODD verses anxiety and complex grief Substance misuse Social skill deficits, developed insight and understanding, moral reasoning Family intervention to begin process of reconnection Outcome: Currently in third year mechanics apprenticeship, in private rental and has maintained connection with family. No further offending for a 18 month period.

12 Case Presentation 2 Demographics: 17 year old male Self referred following Interim Violence Order being applied for, whereby his mother was the protected applicant IVO was applied for following incidents of aggressive behaviour including criminal damage within family home YP presented with history of trauma related to family violence, perpetrated by his father

13 Intervention Attended 6 Individual sessions and two family sessions Focused on consequential thinking, social skills training, conflict resolution and triggers to anger Family session focused on repairing relationship, including identifying reoccurring problems, conflict resolution and problem solving skills Outcome: At point of closure, YP was working part time as a tutor, dedicating time to VCE commitments, later gained entry into Defence Force in Canberra, No further offending

14 Demographics: 16 year old male Referred by Dandenong Children’s Court following Interim Violence Order being applied for, older brother protected applicant IVO was applied for following ongoing incidents of aggressive behaviour perpetrated towards both older brother and mother History of trauma related to family violence Interfamilial conflict together with significant trauma identified as main trigger for aggressive behaviour Behaviour continued to escalate within family home following referral, lead to homelessness Mental health deteriorated, major depressive episode with suicide intent Admitted to Stepping Stones Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Monash medical Centre

15 Intervention Attended 3 individual sessions and 1 family session Facilitated care team involving ELMHS, WAYSS, CP GRIPP worked closely with clinical mental health services and advocated for ongoing engagement and referred to IMYOS assertive outreach case management and mental health management service Closed in light of mental health concerns and need for specialist intervention

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