All Ted Noffs Foundation facilities offer general drug and alcohol and mental health counselling services to young people and their families. A specific position has been established to provide outreach services to the Nepean and Hawkesbury regions. The counsellor in this program has developed partnerships with a range of local youth services and government agencies and is able to use their facilities to provide specialised counselling for young people in the area. Other Foundation programs are happy to provide outreach to a range of health and welfare services on request.
The Schools Counselling program provides drug and alcohol and mental health counselling and skills training to secondary students who have a drug use problem or are identified as being at risk. In recent times, the program has operated in 18 schools in Greater Western Sydney, Central Sydney and the Central Coast. Each school had a designated staff member to co-ordinate the service. On average, the service received more than one thousand referrals per year.
The intervention methodology is based on the World Health Organisation’s Modified Social Stress Model, which is orientated towards changing risk factors and promoting protective factors in relation to substance abuse.