FirstCare services are specialist behavioural and parenting interventions, consisting of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), individual Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Incredible Years. These programmes have been shown to produce positive changes in those who use them.
Triple P and CBT are delivered in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Wellington and Wairarapa, while Incredible Years is provided in Auckland.
Once we receive a referral, a FirstCare practitioner will contact the family and arrange a meeting to discuss the family’s needs to determine the most suitable intervention.
Positive Parenting Program
Triple P is for families with children up to age 16. Triple P provides simple and practical strategies to help parents confidently manage their children’s behaviour and prevent problems from developing.
We offer programmes for pre-school to pre-teen children, for teens and for children who have a disability. Each programme consists of 10 modules, taking between 7 and 14 weeks to complete.
Triple P can be helpful for parents, other members of the whānau, caregivers and foster caregivers. An enhanced programme is also available and provided on a case-by-case basis. Visit www.triplep.net for more information.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Some children and young people may benefit from their own individual sessions of CBT. This therapy provides support to children and young people, aged between 8 and 16, who are struggling to control their emotions or who have experienced trauma.
CBT helps children and young people to understand and manage their feelings and the behaviours that result. The programme normally involves around 10 weekly sessions.
Available in Auckland, Incredible Years is offered on a case-by-case basis to families with children aged between 2 and 12, and for whom attending a group can be challenging. This programme has been shown to reduce childhood conduct problems strengthen problem-solving skills.
How to access FirstCare services
Generally, a referral will need to be made through Oranga Tamariki, which may involve an assessment to determine how best to proceed. For Triple P, referrals may also be completed for other children living in the home.
Find out more
For more information phone 0800 375 210 or email us.