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Therapeutic Residential Wilderness

Therapeutic Residential Wilderness

Therapeutic Residential Wilderness Program - Overview

The Brahminy property is located on 250 acres of bush wilderness outside of Darwin, Northern Territory and is ‘off the grid’.

Brahminy was created to provide culturally relevant and therapeutic out of home residential care for the growing number of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth deemed to be at risk.

The Residential Therapeutic Program is designed to allow the young person time and space to reflect on the path that has lead them here.

The aim of Brahminy is to then equip the young person emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually with the necessary life skills empowering them to make positive life choices.

Each young person is required to participate in one to one and group therapy sessions, attend lessons and complete assigned daily tasks. 

The team at Brahminy, in conjunction with the young person determines the best therapeutic practice for them.

Brahminy has unique supports for the young Indigenous people that come into the Residential Therapeutic Program. Many of these young people have no meaningful sense of their cultural identity or where they belong in their communities. Local Indigenous Elders provide mentoring for these young people and show them how they can (re)connect with their communities through cultural practice and education.

Brahminy aims to:-

  • Provide a safe and secure place to live.
  • Provide high quality nutrition.
  • Provide a high level of pastoral and therapeutic care.
  • Provide quality and age relevant education. (Brahminy has a fulltime teacher who works in conjunction with Katherine School of the Air)
  • Provide relevant cultural and community practice to Indigenous young people.
  • Facilitate and support the young person’s intellectual, emotional and societal development.
  • Provide trauma and grief counselling.
  • Provide direct instruction that assists the young person in modifying and changing destructive and anti-social behaviours.
  • Provide an environment that supports respects and acknowledges positive behaviours.
  • Guide and educate the young person with life skills, self-reflection and self- management.
  • Provide clear and attainable pathways to further educational and vocational opportunities.
  • Renew hope and empower the young person to imagine.