237 Cecil Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
The MacKillop Institute is a part of MacKillop Family Services, and was established to share the experience, expertise, and evidence-based programs of MacKillop Family Services with the wider community. The MacKillop Institute draws on a wealth of experience from MacKillop Family Services’ work across Australia and the commitment of our CEO, Dr Robyn Miller, to identify, promote, and independently evaluate good practice.
The MacKillop Institute delivers upon the MacKillop Family Services strategic goal to be innovative and responsive, develop best practices and advocate for social justice. We do this by building long-term partnerships that create positive and sustainable change.
The Institute empowers other organisations with evidence-informed programs and services that promote wellbeing, resilience, and learning, based on our deep understanding of the impacts of adversity, change, loss, grief, and trauma. We work with you to share our collective knowledge so, together, we can create practical solutions tailored to your culture, your needs, and the needs of your community.
While the Institute is just getting started, our programs have been around for decades and we draw on over 100 years of experience dating back to the three founders of what became MacKillop Family Services, who were driven by a commitment to education and to social justice. We see the need, and we see the solution. By sharing our expertise and growing our resources, we can achieve a greater impact and enhanced wellbeing for families, children, and communities.
Collaboration and partnerships are critical to achieving our vision. By working together we can achieve greater impact through sharing our knowledge and skills and extending our reach.
The MacKillop Institute provides the following programs, learning opportunities and resources:
The Sanctuary model
A workplace culture-change program that enables safe, non-violent environments and relationships that teach people to cope with adversity, stress and trauma. Results in measurable improved wellbeing outcomes for organisations and individuals.
Reframing Learning and Teaching Environments (ReLATE) is a research and evidence informed model supporting schools to create the preconditions for improved teaching, learning and wellbeing.
Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth is an evidence-based change, loss and education program that uses the imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief.
Seasons for Healing
Seasons for Healing is a culturally appropriate small group education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults, managing the experiences of change, loss and grief.
Stormbirds supports young people to understand and manage the changes and impacts they experience as a result of a natural disaster.
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