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Therapeutic services for children, young people and families (Take Two)

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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.

Take Two supports families and caregivers nurturing babies, children and young people aged 0 to 17 years old.

We use clinical frameworks, neurobiological research and evidence-informed approaches to understand a child’s experience through their eyes. We know the children we work with are not to blame for the trauma they are suffering.

The damage done from within relationships can only be healed within relationships. That's why we work to repair or create new networks of caring relationships in a child’s life.

Real change can happen for a child when the adults in their life understand what they need.

We have the skills and expertise to see the child, their feelings and needs rather than just their behaviours. We can help a child understand their emotions, build on their strengths and encourage their hopes for the future.

All babies, children and young people have the right to feel safe, loved and valued.

We are the leading trauma-specific therapeutic service for vulnerable babies, children and young people in Victoria. Take Two provides Victorian Government funded mental health services to children and families in a range of settings, including:

  • therapeutic foster care
  • therapeutic Aboriginal home-based care
  • therapeutic residential care units
  • for young people who are placed in secure care services
  • for families to keep children living with them safely, or returning to live with them after being in out-of-home care.

Take Two is site-certified in Dr Bruce D. Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

NMT draws on principles of trauma research, neurodevelopment and relational neurobiology. It provides us with an understanding of the young person’s developmental experiences on their current functioning and then indicates which interventions will be useful and in what sequence.

We use a range of evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions with the children and families we support.

Child Parent Psychotherapy

Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based therapy for young children who have experienced family violence together with their caregiver/s. CPP considers how trauma and the caregivers’ relational history affect the caregiver-child relationship and the child’s development. It aims to support and strengthen the relationship to help restore and protect the child’s mental health.

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Processing (EMDR) is an evidence-based form of psychotherapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR aims to support service users to resume adaptive processing of traumatic memories, through carefully regulated exposure to the traumatic memory. It targets:

  • past experience
  • current triggers
  • future potential challenges.
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Developmental specialists

We have a team of developmental specialists who provide secondary consultations and assessments in:

  • speech pathology
  • neuropsychology
  • occupational therapy.

Other evidence-informed interventions

We may choose to use other interventions, including:

  • play therapy
  • art therapy
  • family therapy
  • psychotherapy
  • trauma training for the child's care team.


Referrals for most Victorian Government-funded Take Two services can only be made by Victorian Government Child Protection staff.

For child-focused support after family violence, find out more information about referring to Restoring Childhood.

If you or a child you’re caring for has already been referred to Take Two and you want more information, please contact your case manager, care team or Take Two clinician directly.

Take Two provides training, assessments, clinical services and consultancy on a fee-for-service basis for organisations and professionals around Australia who require specialist therapeutic expertise.

Contact us to discuss other services, including:

  • tailored in-house professional development or online training.
  • individual clinical assessments and therapeutic services.
  • occupational therapy, speech pathology and neuropsychology clinical assessments and therapeutic services.
  • facilitated reflective practice.
  • other services requiring specialist child trauma expertise.
  • Take Two stories

    New Take Two practice guide – ‘Crucial connections: understanding a child’s relational health’

    Berry Street’s Take Two program has produced a new practice guide to support others working with trauma-impacted children and young people.

  • Take Two stories

    Coping with distress through drawing

    Nic* was 14 years old when they were referred to The Wattle Project, a Berry Street therapeutic service that supports families with young people who are using violence at home.

  • Take Two stories

    Video now available: 'Engaging with children who have experienced trauma'

    Take Two held its first online ‘Clinical Conversation’ recently, and the video recording is now available online.

Our research partner, La Trobe University, supports our research and evaluation and provides our research ethics oversight. Higher Degree Research students are welcome to contact us to discuss possible projects.

Read more about how we store and handle personal information in our Privacy Statement.

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Research and reports

Read more about Take Two’s resources, research and evaluation reports.

Strategic Plan

Read Berry Street’s Take Two Strategic Plan 2020–2022 (PDF 127 KB).

Work with us

We recruit staff across Victoria from a range of disciplines, including social work, occupational therapy and psychology. Find out more about working with Take Two.

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

We also partner with other community service organisations across Victoria, including with Aboriginal organisations.

Take Two partners - VACCA, Mindful, LaTrobe

Berry Street Take Two
Phone 03 9450 4700

Take Two is an Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accredited health service.