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Berry Street Take Two are excited to share a new video about our program. It briefly explains the way we approach working with children.

Trigger warning: this animated video contains subtle family violence and self-harm themes.

Our Take Two approach is about seeing the infant, child or young person and their mental health through a trauma lens.

We view a child’s behaviour as a symptom of the things and relationships they’ve experienced. When they’ve experienced lots of bad or scary things, a child can learn ways to self-soothe or protect themselves. Sometimes these ways are behaviours that can be stressful and concerning for adults.

Take Two clinicians try and view the world through the child’s eyes and accept them and their experiences, even when the behaviours are unacceptable.

We then look for evidence-informed ways that we can help them feel less scared at home, at childcare, at school and in life.

Once the child feels safer, they can rely less on those behaviours and start to recover.

Berry Street’s Take Two program is a Victoria-wide therapeutic service helping to address the mental health impacts on children of the trauma they have experienced from abuse, neglect or adverse experiences. At Take Two we see who the child is, not just the behaviour. We use clinical frameworks, neurobiological research and evidence-informed approaches to repair family relationships and develop networks of caring adults that focus on what the child needs.

Take Two can provide specialist clinical consultancy services to other organisations. Contact us for more information.