Take Two Therapeutic Services - Berry Street


Through clinical services and counselling programs, including Take Two, we work intensively with the distressed child or young person, their family, carer and other services, to help them recover from the trauma of child abuse, neglect and violence.

Take Two

Take Two is a Statewide developmental therapeutic program for children and young people in the Child Protection system.

We know that care alone is not sufficient to help children and young people recover from the trauma of family violence, abuse and neglect.

Through Take Two, we work intensively with the distressed child or young person, and their carers, families and teachers, to help them understand their pain and learn to trust again.

Berry Street’s Take Two Program is a partnership with:

  • La Trobe University Faculty of Health Science
  • Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health
  • Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)

Take Two also provides training, research and consultancy and is funded by the Department of Human Services.

Take Two is accredited by The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards until 18 February 2018.

Therapeutic Care

Children develop within the context of relationships, and the quality of their relationships with primary caregivers shapes their future. Adverse experiences such as abuse, neglect, exposure to violence and other stressors can alter the child’s developing brain leading to long term emotional, behavioural, cognitive, social and physical problems.

The aims of therapeutic care are to provide reparative experiences that promote healing and recovery. Individual therapy, although it may be helpful, cannot provide the intensity or the repetition that is required. In therapeutic care foster carers and residential carers are trained and supported to provide safe, nurturing relationships, stability and care that integrates the child’s experience and promotes healthy development. Rather than providing basic care and managing behaviour therapeutic care emphasises relationships and considers and responds to the child’s underlying needs.

A thorough biopsychosocial assessment provides an understanding of the child’s developmental history and needs from which an intervention plan is formed. Carers are well trained and supported by a Senior Clinician who provides intensive support to carers and children. Care Teams are an important aspect of therapeutic care helping to provide a “therapeutic web” in the system around the child.