"come sit together"
21-23 November 2016 Rydges Hotel, Melbourne
ATCA 2016 Gathering "come sit together"
The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) is made up of over 35 organisations from Australia and New Zealand offering Therapeutic Community and Residential Rehabilitation to adolescents, adults, and families. These Programs work with and achieve positive outcomes for some of the community’s most marginalised “priority populations” including Aboriginal and Torres Strait and Pacific Islanders.
This year’s conference will steer away from the traditional conference format to one of a gathering with the theme of “Come sit together” bringing together “mainstream” alcohol and other drug treatment and support programs and Aboriginal health organisations that work together to bring about positive outcomes for first nations clients, their children, their families, their mobs and the community.
The conference organising committee this year is made up of: Odyssey House Victoria, Windana, Youth Support and Assistance Service (YSAS), the Salvation Army and for the very first time, Ngwala Willumbong Inc. VACCHO has come on board to support the development of the conference as a genuine first people’s event hosted by what is referred to as a “mainstream” association.
We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s conference, and invite you to register by clicking on the "register now" button below
Full Registration (ATCA Member)
Full Registration (Non ATCA Member)
Day Registration (ATCA Member)
Day Registration (Non ATCA Member)
Conference Dinner & ATCA Award Presentation
This year’s James A. Pitts Oration will be delivered by Aboriginal journalist, Mr Stan Grant, one of Australia’s finest storytellers and public speakers. Registration for this event is included in the full registration fee, or may be purchased separately for those not attending the full conference.
This event will take place on Wednesday the 23rd of November
James A. Pitts Oration: Mr Stan Grant
Emotional Self Control: Motivating self-control in a TC setting
Presented by Odyssey House Victoria
The ATCA Standard: Technical Expert Training.
Presented by Barry Evans from ATCA in conjunction with
Institute for Healthy Communities Australia Inc (IHCA)
*Other workshops to be announced
The opportunity for delegates to visit some of our therapeutic communities and other services is an important part of the ATCA Conference program. This year we are offering two fantastic opportunities for delegates to visit services in Victoria. Please choose one of the options below.
Buses will depart from the Rydges Hotel on Monday morning and journey to the first of the programs listed for each tour (Windana Site visit 1; and Birribi Site visit 2). Costs for each of these is included in your registration fee, and will include bus travel, morning/afternoon teas, and lunch. You will have the opportunity to meet with staff and residents of each of these unique programs and discuss the variety of services offered.
Site visit 1
The Windana Therapeutic Community is a 40 bed residential facility located on a 40 acre property in Maryknoll, Victoria. The program is delivered through four different phases over a period of 6-12 months. Residents of all phases live together in shared accommodation across five separate houses to support each other through the program.
Bunjilwarra provides a 12 bed residential rehabilitation and healing service for Aboriginal young people (male and female) aged between 16 and 25 years. It is a purpose-built, statewide service situated on a 1.7 hectare site in Hastings, Victoria.
Site visit 2
Birribi ( YSAS) provides a structured, experiential environment based on therapeutic community principles for vulnerable young people managing their alcohol and drug use. Birribi is a 15-bed residential program, located in the north-east of Melbourne, providing a holistic program comprising a mix of group and individual therapy, recreational, vocational and educational activities, with an overall focus on community living and shared responsibility.
Odyssey House is a 113 bed therapeutic community that integrates a 32 bed family program into its operations. Following a social psychiatric model of recovery, the program offers a comprehensive assessment of medical, psychological, and psychiatric need and follows a balanced daily routine of maintenance/ work related activity, passive and active recreational pursuits, good nutrition and adequate rest.
Odyssey has beds allocated specifically for parents with accompanying children from birth to age twelve. On-site child care and family sensitive practice are central to program planning.
The Conference Organisers have negotiated a special discounted accommodation rate with Rydges Melbourne Hotel during the ATCA Conference. Rydges is delighted to offer a special rate for delegates of $170.00 on Sunday 20 November and $205.00 per night room for other nights (valid for a Queen Deluxe Room or Deluxe Twin Room):
Sunday, 20 November
Monday, 21 November
Tuesday, 23 November, and
Wednesday, 24 November 2016
As rooms are limited, please book as soon as possible.
To book, please follow these simple steps:
Hotel and Conference Venue
186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Victoria 3000 Australia
Contact Name: Lynne Magor-Blatch
Company Name: Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association
Telephone: +61 422 904 040