Program Overview

Family Program provides parenting support to Windana and community clients, their children and their children’s carers.

The program combines an understanding of alcohol and other drugs with a commitment to assisting clients to strengthen their parenting capacity and family functioning.

Program Aims

  • To strengthen family functioning and provide parenting strategies.
  • To assist children in key life areas such as education; emotional, physical and behavioural development; health; connectedness and changing risk taking behaviour.
  • To ensure that families are connected to a range of supports within the community, both formal and informal.
  • To assist in reducing problems with the use of drugs and/or alcohol within a harm minimisation framework.
  • To strengthen the capacity of Windana programs to respond effectively to the needs of families.


Windana provides the following group support:

  • Tuning into Kids (TIK)
    • A six-week parents program focused on emotional intelligence building in children and how to strengthen parenting skills. The program is offered within the community and in AOD residential services.
  • Parenting Group
    • A group for clients of the Therapeutic Community to strengthen parenting skills.
  • Yarning Group
    • A group for clients of Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre to strengthen their parenting skills and family functioning.
  • Family Days
    • Activities for families connected to Windana Family Program are held throughout the year to provide an opportunity for parents and children to strengthen parent -child bond and make social connections.

Family Counselling

Family Counselling is available for people and their families experiencing AOD dependence.

This program focuses on psycho-education and skills building. It aims to increase family members’ understanding of substance use and strengthen family’s connections and resilience.

To participate you must be 18 years or older.

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for this program you must be:

  • a parent/s or carer/s who are caring for children, or
  • a parent/s who has regular access with their children or are actively working towards resuming access with their children
  • a parent/s who has recently been or are currently a participant in a Windana program including Windana Health & Healing
  • a parent/s who is clearly engaged in addressing their AOD dependence.

How to Apply

Ask your Windana contact to complete a Family Program referral form.

For enquiries please contact the Family Program Senior Case-Worker on (03) 9529 7955.