Hello from the team at Windana. On this page we’ll tell you a bit about Windana’s Family Program, so you can know what’s available and whether it’s right for you and your family.

Fast facts

  • Type of program: Different groups that focus on kids’ emotions, parenting, yarning (for Winja Ulupna clients) and fun family days
  • Location Most groups are run in St Kilda (in-person)
  • Cost: Free

What is the Family Program?

We offer parenting support and Single Session Family Consult to Windana and Community clients. This includes working with a client’s children and children’s carers.

The Family Program is made up of different groups and services, which you can choose based on what’s best for your family.

Groups and services available

Parenting Support

Available 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.

Tuning into Kids (TIK)

This is a six-week program that works with parents to help build emotional intelligence in their kids, while strengthening parenting skills.

Parenting Group

Available to residents of our Therapeutic Communities who are parents or carers, the program helps build skills across a broad range of topics that parents face.

Yarning Group

If you’re a client of the Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre, this is a place where you can talk about parenting and family.

Family Days

Throughout the year, we run social events for families connected to Windana’s services. These days give you opportunities to bond, and for new friendships to form.

The Family Program aims to:

  • Help keep families strong (through Single Session Family Consult)
  • Work with parents and carers on parenting strategies
  • Support families and children with issues to do with growth, health and relationships
  • Connect families with a range of formal and informal community supports
  • Work with the unique strengths of families to help meet the family’s needs and goals
  • Help reduce the risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs to children, parents and carers.

“Welcome to a safe, non-judgemental program where you can speak openly about your parenting journey, whether you have your children with you or not. We understand that family and parenting looks different for everyone and we embrace it all.”

– A staff member from our Family Program team

Eligibility: Is this for me?

Our Family Program may be able to help if you are:

  • A parent or carer who is caring for children
  • A parent who has regular access with your children or is actively working towards reunification with your child or children
  • A current Windana client who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery
  • A client of an external agency who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery.

We embrace cultural and social diversity. We welcome families in all their forms and understand the important role they play in a person’s recovery.

Referral: How do I get involved?

If you’re already connected to Windana, speak to your contact about the program.

If you’re new to Windana, call us on 03 9529 7955 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Support is available to find the right alcohol and drug services for you, including withdrawal and rehabilitation.

You don’t have to work it out alone. If you call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 (24/7), you will be put in touch with your local Intake and Assessment service. They’ll assess your needs and match you with the right service. You can also visit www.directline.org.au.

Client messages

We asked parents who have participated in the Family Program how it helped their families.

“The Family Program is a wonderful way to keep yourself in check and helps to share any of my concerns. It makes me feel as though I am able to achieve the best for my daughter and myself.”

“The Family Program support is amazing. The people and workers make you feel like you are part of a family. They go above and beyond to help my family and I when needed. Thank you Windana.”

More information

Click below to download a two-page leaflet about Windana’s Family Program. The leaflet includes the information on this page.

Download a Windana Family Program leaflet

File size is approximately 1 MB.

Last Updated on September 21, 2023

Family Program

Hello from the team at Windana. On this page we’ll tell you a bit about Windana’s Family Program, so you can know what’s available and whether it’s right for you and your family..

Fast facts.

  • Type of program: Different groups that focus on kids’ emotions, parenting, yarning (for Winja Ulupna clients) and fun family days
  • Location Most groups are run in St Kilda (in-person)
  • Cost: Free

What is the Family Program?.

We offer parenting support and Single Session Family Consult to Windana and Community clients. This includes working with a client’s children and children’s carers.

The Family Program is made up of different groups and services, which you can choose based on what’s best for your family.

Groups and services available.

Parenting Support

Available 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.

Tuning into Kids (TIK)

This is a six-week program that works with parents to help build emotional intelligence in their kids, while strengthening parenting skills.

Parenting Group

Available to residents of our Therapeutic Communities who are parents or carers, the program helps build skills across a broad range of topics that parents face.

Yarning Group

If you’re a client of the Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre, this is a place where you can talk about parenting and family.

Family Days

Throughout the year, we run social events for families connected to Windana’s services. These days give you opportunities to bond, and for new friendships to form.

The Family Program aims to:.

  • Help keep families strong (through Single Session Family Consult)
  • Work with parents and carers on parenting strategies
  • Support families and children with issues to do with growth, health and relationships
  • Connect families with a range of formal and informal community supports
  • Work with the unique strengths of families to help meet the family’s needs and goals
  • Help reduce the risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs to children, parents and carers.

“Welcome to a safe, non-judgemental program where you can speak openly about your parenting journey, whether you have your children with you or not. We understand that family and parenting looks different for everyone and we embrace it all.”

– A staff member from our Family Program team

Eligibility: Is this for me?.

Our Family Program may be able to help if you are:

  • A parent or carer who is caring for children
  • A parent who has regular access with your children or is actively working towards reunification with your child or children
  • A current Windana client who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery
  • A client of an external agency who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery.

We embrace cultural and social diversity. We welcome families in all their forms and understand the important role they play in a person’s recovery.

Referral: How do I get involved?.

If you’re already connected to Windana, speak to your contact about the program.

If you’re new to Windana, call us on 03 9529 7955 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Support is available to find the right alcohol and drug services for you, including withdrawal and rehabilitation.

You don’t have to work it out alone. If you call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 (24/7), you will be put in touch with your local Intake and Assessment service. They’ll assess your needs and match you with the right service. You can also visit www.directline.org.au.

Client messages.

We asked parents who have participated in the Family Program how it helped their families.

“The Family Program is a wonderful way to keep yourself in check and helps to share any of my concerns. It makes me feel as though I am able to achieve the best for my daughter and myself.”

“The Family Program support is amazing. The people and workers make you feel like you are part of a family. They go above and beyond to help my family and I when needed. Thank you Windana.”

More information.

Click below to download a two-page leaflet about Windana’s Family Program. The leaflet includes the information on this page..

Download a Windana Family Program leaflet.

File size is approximately 1 MB..

Family Program

Hello from the team at Windana. On this page we’ll tell you a bit about Windana’s Family Program, so you can know what’s available and whether it’s right for you and your family..

Fast facts.

  • Type of program:
    Different groups that focus on kids’ emotions, parenting, yarning (for Winja Ulupna clients) and fun family days
  • Location
    Most groups are run in St Kilda (in-person)
  • Cost:
    Free

What is the Family Program?.

We offer parenting support and Single Session Family Consult to Windana and Community clients. This includes working with a client’s children and children’s carers.

The Family Program is made up of different groups and services, which you can choose based on what’s best for your family.

Groups and services available.

Parenting Support

Available 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.

Tuning into Kids (TIK)

This is a six-week program that works with parents to help build emotional intelligence in their kids, while strengthening parenting skills.

Parenting Group

Available to residents of our Therapeutic Communities who are parents or carers, the program helps build skills across a broad range of topics that parents face.

Yarning Group

If you’re a client of the Winja Ulupna Women’s Recovery Centre, this is a place where you can talk about parenting and family.

Family Days

Throughout the year, we run social events for families connected to Windana’s services. These days give you opportunities to bond, and for new friendships to form.

The Family Program aims to:.

  • Help keep families strong (through Single Session Family Consult)
  • Work with parents and carers on parenting strategies
  • Support families and children with issues to do with growth, health and relationships
  • Connect families with a range of formal and informal community supports
  • Work with the unique strengths of families to help meet the family’s needs and goals
  • Help reduce the risk of harm from alcohol and other drugs to children, parents and carers.

“Welcome to a safe, non-judgemental program where you can speak openly about your parenting journey, whether you have your children with you or not. We understand that family and parenting looks different for everyone and we embrace it all.”

– A staff member from our Family Program team

Eligibility: Is this for me?.

Our Family Program may be able to help if you are:

  • A parent or carer who is caring for children
  • A parent who has regular access with your children or is actively working towards reunification with your child or children
  • A current Windana client who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery
  • A client of an external agency who is clearly engaged in addressing your alcohol or other drug issues and want to include family in your recovery.

We embrace cultural and social diversity. We welcome families in all their forms and understand the important role they play in a person’s recovery.

Referral: How do I get involved?.

If you’re already connected to Windana, speak to your contact about the program.

If you’re new to Windana, call us on 03 9529 7955 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

Support is available to find the right alcohol and drug services for you, including withdrawal and rehabilitation.

You don’t have to work it out alone. If you call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 (24/7), you will be put in touch with your local Intake and Assessment service. They’ll assess your needs and match you with the right service. You can also visit www.directline.org.au.

Client messages.

We asked parents who have participated in the Family Program how it helped their families.

“The Family Program is a wonderful way to keep yourself in check and helps to share any of my concerns. It makes me feel as though I am able to achieve the best for my daughter and myself.”

“The Family Program support is amazing. The people and workers make you feel like you are part of a family. They go above and beyond to help my family and I when needed. Thank you Windana.”

More information.

Click below to download a two-page leaflet about Windana’s Family Program. The leaflet includes the information on this page..

Download a Windana Family Program leaflet.

File size is approximately 1 MB..