COMMUNITY SERVICES - EVERY ACRONYM YOU NEED TO KNOW

COMMUNITY SERVICES - EVERY ACRONYM YOU NEED TO KNOW

AA

Alcoholics Anonymous

AAA

Alzheimers Association Australia

AC

Assessment Consultation

ACA   

Alternative Care Arrangements (ReplacesHotel/Motel Placements)

ACAA

Aged Care Association Australia

ACAR

Aged Care Approvals Round

ACAT

Aged Care Assessment Team

ACCMIS

Aged and Community Care Management Information System

ACCNA

Australian Community Care Needs Assessment

ACF

Australian Childhood Foundation

ACFI

Aged Care Funding Instrument

ACHA

Assistance with Care & Housing for the Aged

ACIC

Aged Care Industry Council

ACOSS

Australian Council of Social Service

ACPAC

Aged Care Planning Advisory Committees

ACSA

Aged & Community Services Australia

ACSAA

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

ADE

Australian Disabilities Enterprise

ADHC

Ageing, Disability & Home Care, Dept. of Family & Community Services, NSW

ADHC

Ageing Disability and Home Care

ADL

Activities of Daily Living

AFCP

Action For Change Plan

AIHW

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

AL

Active Living

AOD

Alcohol and Other Drugs

APSF

Australian Pensioners & Superannuants' Federation Inc

ARF

Additional Recurrent Funding

ARIA

Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia

ASET

Aged Care Service Emergency Teams

ASU

Additional Support Unit

AVO

Apprehended Violence Order

BOCSAR

Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research

BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder

BSP

Behavioural Support Plan

CA

Carers Australia

CACP

Community Aged Care Packages

CALD

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

CALP

Carer Assessment and Linking Panel

CAT

Cognative Aptitude Test

CAT

Child Assessment Tool (Less than the cognitive aptitude test which has to be done by clinician)

CAU

Central Access Unit (FACS conduit into ITC)

CBCL

Child Behaviour Check List

CBT

Cognative Behavioural Therapy

CC

Correctional Centre

CCAC

Community Care Advisory Committee

CDC

Client Directed Care

CDS

Child Development Service

CDTCC

Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre

CEO

Community Engagement Officer

CFC

Child and Family Care

CFDU

Child and Family District Unit (FACS liaison when not dealing with FACS closely-regional)

CH

Community Health

CHART

Changing Habits and Reaching Targets

CHYPS

Children And Young People System

CIARR

Client Information and Referral Record

CIU

Complaints and Information Unit

CMT

Case Management Transfer

CO

Community Options

COAG

Council of Australian Governments

COP

Community Options Program

COTA

Council on the Ageing

CPG

Community Participation Group

CPP

Community Participation Program

CPSA

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association

CRCC

Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centres

CRES

Corrections Research and Evaluation of Statistics

CRN

Customer Reference Number

CSC

Court Services Centre

CSC

Community Service Centre

CSGP

Community Services Grants Program

CSNSW

Corrective Services NSW

CSO

Child Safety Officer

CSP

Children’s Services Program

CSSC

Child Safety Service Centre

CTO

Community Transport Organisation

CTP

Community Transport Program

CUBIT

Cuatody Based Intensive Treatment Program

CWU

Child Welfare Unit (FACS)

CYFSP

Child, Youth and Family Services Program

CYPQAI

Child and Youth Protection Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee

CYPS

Child and Youth Protection Services

DAISI

Disability & Aged Information Service Inc

DASS

Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale

DBT

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

DCC

Dillwynia Correctional Centre, CSNSW

DGP

Division of General Practice

DHS

Department of Human Services

DOHA

Department of Health & Ageing

DSM-V

5th Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders

DSP

Disability Support Pension

DSS

Department of Social Services

DVA

Department of Veterans Affairs

DVCS

Domestic Violence Crisis Service

EACH

Extended Aged Care in the Home

ECEI

Early Childhood Early Intervention

EEO

Equal Employment Opportunity

EIPPS

Early Intervention Prevention Program

EMFA

Emergency Material and Financial Aid

EOI

Expression of Interest

EPA

Enduring Power of Attorney

EPC

Enhanced Primary Care

EPR’s

Enduring Parental Responsibility Orders

EQUIP

Evaluation Quality Improvement Program

EQUIPS

Explore, Question, Understand, Investigate, Practice to Succeed

ESO

Extended Supervision Order

FACS

Family and Community Services

FACS CPO

Commissioning and Planning Officer

FAP

Family Action Plan

FAP4C

Family Action Plan For Change

FGC

Family Group Conference

FGM

Female Genital Mutilation

FPS

Forensic Psychology Services

FSP

Funded Service Providers

FTE

Full-time Equivalent

GA

Gamblers Anonymous

GHF

Growing Healthy Families

GIPA

Government Information Public Access

GP

General Practitioner

HAAP

Housing Asset Assistance Program

HACC

Home and Community Care

HRLAC

National Housing & Retirement Living Advisory Committee

HRMU

High Risk Management Unit, CSNSW

HSNET

Human Service Network

HYAP

Homelessness Youth Assistance Program

IARM

Internal Audit and Risk Management

ICC

Indigenous Coordination Centres

IDATP

Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program

IDC

Interagency Case Discussion

IDEAS

Information on Disability Education Awareness Services Inc.

ILC

Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building

ILU

Independent Living Units

IMF

Integrated Monitoring Framework

IPTAAS

Isolated Patient’s Travel And Accommodation Scheme

ISP

Individual Support Plan

ITAB

Industry Training Advisory Board

ITC

Intensive Therapeutic Care (Replaces Residential Care)

ITTC

Intensive Transition into Therapeutic Care (13 week plan)

JIRT

Joint Investigation Response Team

KPI

Key Performance Indicators

LCSA

Local Community Services Association

LGBTIQA

Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Allied

LGNSW

Local Government NSW

LPA

Local Planning Area

LSI

Live Space Interview

LSIR

Level of Service Inventory Revised

M & E

Monitoring and Evaluating

MAAD

Mothering at a Distance Program

MAC

Multicultural Advisory Council

MCAA

Measuring Criminal Attitudes and Associates

MACH

Maternal and Child Health

MDS

Minimum Data Set

MOW

Meals on Wheels

MOWA

Meals on Wheels Association

MPS

Multi Purpose Service (now RHHS)

MRG

Mandatory Reporters Guide (To determine ROSH)

MSO

Multi Service Outlet

MSOGS

Modified South Oakes Gambling Screen (assessment tool)

MSPC

Metropolitan Special Programs Centre, CSNSW

NA

Narcotics Anonymous

NAIDOC

National Aboriginal and Island Day of Observance Celebrations

NALAG

National Association for Loss & Grief

NCC

Northern Community Care (based Glen Innes Severn Council)

NCCAC

National Community Care Advisory Committee

NCFAS/R

North Carolina Family Assessment Scale-Reunification

NCOSS

Council of Social Service of New South Wales

NDA

National Disability Agreement

NDIA

National Disability Insurance Agency

NDIS

National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDS

National Disability Services

NESB

Non English Speaking Background

NEXUS

Pre-releae program

NGO

Non Government Organisation

NPP

Non Parole Period

NPP

National Privacy Principal

NPSS

Non Placement Support Service (Contact Worker) (They write supervision report)

NRCAC

National Residential Care Advisory Committee

NRCC

Northwest Regional Community Care (based Gunnedah Shire Council)

NRCP

National Respite for Carers Program

NSA

National Seniors Association

OCG

Office of the Children’s Guardian

OIMS

Offender Information Management System

OMMPCC

Outer Metropolitan Multi Purpose Correction Centre, CSNSW

ONI

Ongoing Needs Indicators

OOHC

Out of Home Care

OSP

Offender Services and Programs

OT

Occupational Therapist

PAC

Pre Assessment Consultation

PATS

Patient Assistance Travel Scheme

PBDU

Personality Behavioural Disorder Unit

PC

Permanency Coordinator (FACS liaison)

PCA

Personal Care Assistant

PD

Professional Development

PLWHA

Person living with HIV/AIDS

PMS

Performance Management System

POA

Power of Attorney

PRLC

Pre-Release Leave Committee

PSP

Permanency Support Program (FACS Funded) 6 month reviews-more if under restoration

PTC

Parramatta Transitional Centre, CSNSW

PWD

People/Person with Disability

QAF

Quality Assurance Framework

RAP

Rural Access Program

RCS

Resident Classification Scale

RCY

Rent Choice Youth Subsidy

RHHS

Rural Hospital & Health Service

RIT

Risk Intervention Team

RNR

Risk Needs Responsivity Principles

ROSH

Risk Of Significant Harm

RPOR

Reasonable Possibility Of Restoration

RTC

Rural Transaction Centre

RUSH

Real Understanding Of Self Help Program

RVRA

Retirement Village Residents Association

SAAP

Supported Accomodation Assistance Program

SAAP

Supported Accommodation Assistance Program

SAPO's

Services and Programs Officers

SAS

Secondary Assessment (Now called Alternative Assessment)

SCAN

Service Co-ordination and Advocacy Network

SCAN

Supporting Children with Additional Needs

SCRPT

Screening and Response Tool

SDM Tool

Strategic Decision Making Tools (FACS-Takes to court every 3 months)

SDS

State Wide Disability Services

SDS

Service Description Schedule

SHS

Specialist Homelessness Services

SIL

Supported Independent Living

SMAP

Special Management Area Placement

SME

Subject Matter Experts

SOP

Sex Offender Program

SOP-PREP

Preparatory Program Fro Sexual Offenders

SOPP

Summary of Proposed Plan for the Child or Young Person

SORC

Serious Offender Review Council

SRP-VO

Self Regulation Program for Violent Offenders

SSDO

Service Support & Development Officer

STABLE-2007

Instrument that measures dynamic risk factors

STATIC99R

A ten item actualial sex offender risk assessment instrument

SVOTP

Sex and Violent Offender Theraputic Programs

TAP

Temporary Assistance Project

TCA

Temporary Care Arrangement (3weeks)

TCI

Therapeutic Informed Care (Training)

TCP

Transition Care Packages

TEI

Targeted Early Intervention

TFC

Therapeutic Foster Care

THBC

Therapeutic Home Based Care

THP

Transitional Housing Plus (My Foundations)

TIC

Trauma Informed Care (Training)

TRQ

Treatment Readiness Questionaire

TSIL

Therapeutic Supported Independent Living

TSOP

Therapeutic Sibling Option Placement

TTW

Transition to Work

TWG

Transport Working Group

VOP

Violent Offenders Program

VOTP

Violent Offender Therapeutic Program

WAM

Weekly Allocation Meeting

WDO

Working Development Order

WHS

Workplace, Health & Safety

YAOP

Young Adult Offender Program

YAPP

Young Adult Preparation Program

YP

Young Person

YPRS

Youth Private Rental Subsidy

YPWD

Younger Person with a Disability

YSAP

Young Adult Satellite Program

 

 

 

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Characteristics Commonly Found in “Alienated” Parents (or other Alienated Relationships)

Characteristics Commonly Found in “Alienated” Parents (or other Alienated Relationships)

If you’ve ever experienced the rejection of a child or other important relationship, then I’m sure you’ll find the observations presented in this article compelling.

Being on the receiving end of a rejection can be devastating.  Whether it’s a boss, a parent, or a relative, the pain can be very difficult to contend with. If it’s your child, you tend to feel particularly vulnerable.

Most parents, when rejected by a child, tend to think of everything they did wrong, or maybe that “one” thing they did wrong that could have caused the rift, playing over and over in their minds how they could have changed that “one” thing.

I have observed some common characteristics of people who are on the receiving end of parental alienation. These three main traits are:

  1. They are available
  2. They are guileless
  3. They are powerless

Following is a discussion of each of these traits.

Available:  Children rarely reject unavailable or abusive parents. Usually when that happens it is not without a great amount of anguish and grieving. When a child alienates a parent, he/she does so with impudence. He/she experiences no sense of loss or regret. Instead, he/she feels relieved. Internally, the child knows he/she could have the rejected parent back at any time. This emboldens the child and helps him/her realize that there is no great risk in rejecting the available parent.

Guileless:  People who are guileless tend to be “innocent and without deception.”  Guileless individuals usually project their innocence onto others and don’t see why they are being rejected, because it is not something they, themselves would ever do to anyone.  Alienated parents are usually not interested in playing dirty or fighting unfair.

The rejecting child is usually psychologically manipulated by the other parent or other important person (who is willing to fight dirty) to reject the guileless parent. It is a form of propagandizing the child and is akin to the mob effect of bullying.

Powerless: The rejected parent has somehow demonstrated a feeling of low power to their rejecting child. The shrugging of the shoulders and the attitude of, “what can I do?” comes to mind. This parent has insinuated to their rejecting child that the child has the power, not the parent. This usually happens in narcissistic relationships where the other parent imputes power into the child, causing the child to believe that he has more power than the rejected parent.

Trump Card:  This nails the coffin on the relationship. It is not a characteristic of the rejected parent, but it is an essential ingredient in the alienation process.

This involves the occurrence of a flaw, mistake, or failure on the part of the alienated parent. This failure is capitalized on by the narcissist or other alienating other as evidence of the rejected parent’s inadequacy. The alienated parent usually “owns” his/her failure and everyone believes it is so egregious that that parent has lost his/her value in the parent-child relationship.

 

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Strategies To Limit Or Change Your Gambling Habits

Strategies To Limit Or Change Your Gambling Habits

Many people find they can successfully limit or change their gambling through the use of change strategies. We have all used these types of strategies at some time in our lives, whether it be sticking to an exercise plan, or cutting back on gambling. 

These change strategies can be implemented without professional oversight, but it can be helpful to check in with a counsellor on the best ways to implement or maintain them.  You can speak to one of our counsellors about implementing these strategies today

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It’s ideal to select at least 2-3 strategies at a time to work on. If you notice that the strategy is no longer working for you – swap it for a different one. 

You will know when it is working because you will have more money in your pocket, and can say that you are successfully limiting your gambling. 

So what’s the best strategy for you? 

Choose something that has worked for you in the past or that you think will work for you now.

Here are the top 20 strategies that people have found useful for limiting or changing their gambling:

  • Really accept that gambling needs to change 
  • Think about how your money could be better spent 
  • Remind yourself of the negative consequences of gambling 
  • Remind yourself of the positive consequences of not gambling 
  • Make a resolution to change your gambling 
  • Compare costs and benefits of continuing to gamble 
  • Remind yourself that sometimes people win at gambling but the system is designed for you to lose 
  • Engage in an activity that gives you a feeling of achievement 
  • Calculate money and time spent gambling 
  • Plan ahead and leave credit cards and non-essential cash at home 
  • Engage in a new form of entertainment 
  • Plan ahead and limit the amount of money you carry 
  • Re-establish trust and belief in yourself 
  • Complete daily activities around the house 
  • Monitor how your emotions relate to gambling 
  • Focus on eating a healthy balanced diet 
  • Make a daily affirmation such as staying positive or letting go
  • Identify inaccurate thoughts about gambling or winning 
  • Engage in regular exercise
  • Read first hand accounts of other people's experiences.

If you have already made a change you might also consider these tips:

  • Focus on not gambling each day at a time 
  • Concentrate on being strong or using will power 
  • Remind yourself that you don't need to gamble 
  • Keep busy to avoid thinking about or engaging in gambling 
  • Distract yourself or do something else until the urge to gamble passes 
  • Count the days since you've made a change in your gambling
  • Engage in behaviours that are incompatible with attending a venue.

Keeping it going

Some people find it is helpful to set a time period for using the strategy such as over a month or two. This gives an inbuilt time to see how it’s going and gives you measurable targets to aim for.

Others also find it’s helpful to tell someone about their strategy and get a buddy to support them.

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Free Legal Advice Clinics

Free Legal Advice Clinics

LEGAL AID CLINICS

 

  

PENRITH AREA LEGAL AID CLINICS

Tel: (02) 4732 3077

 

 PENRITH COURT MATTERS

Tuesdays & Fridays at Penrith Legal Aid Office

9:00am - 11:30 am

FIRST 12 PEOPLE ONLY

(doors open at 8:30am)

95 Henry St, Penrith

  

MT DRUITT LOCAL COURT MATTERS

Thursdays at Mt Druitt Court Legal Aid Room

9:00am - 12:00 noon

FIRST 12 PEOPLE ONLY

Mt Druitt Court House: 59 North Parade Mt Druitt

1300 679 272

 

KATOOMBA LOCAL COURT MATTERS

Mondays at Katoomba Local Court

2:30pm - 3:30pm

FIRST 6 PEOPLE

Advise registry upon your arrival

5-7 Civic Pl, Katoomba NSW 2780

1300 679 272

 

FAMILY LAW MATTERS

Wednesdays & Thursdays at Penrith Legal Aid Office

9:00am

FIRST 10 PEOPLE

(doors open at 8:30am)

95 Henry St, Penrith

 

EMPLOYMENT LAW MATTERS

Every Second Wednesday at Penrith Legal Aid Office

9:00am

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

(02) 4732 3077

95 Henry St, Penrith

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80 Rules That Will Change Your Life

80 Rules That Will Change Your Life

 

  1. When entrusted with a secret, keep it.   
  2. Never cancel by text message.
  3. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
  4. If a street performer makes you stop walking, you owe him a buck.
  5. There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs is not one of them.
  6. Always use “we” when referring to your home team or your government.
  7. Don't underestimate kicks in a game of footy.
  8. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  9. Don’t dumb it down.
  10. You only get one chance to notice a new haircut.
  11. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
  12. Never park in front of a bar.
  13. Expect the seat in front of you to recline. Prepare accordingly.
  14. Hold your heroes to a high standard.
  15. Never lie to your doctor.
  16. All guns are loaded.
  17. Don’t mention sunburns. Believe me, they know.
  18. The best way to show thanks is to wear it. Even if it’s only once.
  19. Don’t fill up on bread, no matter how good it is.
  20. A handshake beats an autograph.
  21. Don’t linger in the doorway. In or out.
  22. If you choose to go in drag, don’t sell yourself short.
  23. Never get your haircut the day of a special event.
  24. Be mindful of what comes between you and the Earth. Always buy good shoes, tires, and sheets.
  25. Eat lunch with the new kids.
  26. When traveling, keep your wits about you.
  27. It’s never too late for an apology.
  28. Don’t pose with booze.
  29. If you have right of way, TAKE IT.
  30. You don’t get to choose your own nickname.
  31. Never push someone off a dock.
  32. Under no circumstances should you ask a woman if she is pregnant.
  33. It’s not enough to be proud of your ancestry, live up to it.
  34. Don’t make a scene.
  35. Know when to ignore the camera.
  36. Never gloat.
  37. Make time for your mom on your birthday, It’s her special day too.
  38. When opening presents, no one likes a good guesser.
  39. Sympathy is a crutch, never fake a limp.
  40. Give credit. Take Blame.
  41. Suck it up every now and again.
  42. Never be the last one in the pool.
  43. Don’t stare.
  44. Address everyone that carries a firearm professionally.
  45. Stand up to bullies. You’ll only have to do it once.
  46. If you’ve made your point, stop talking.
  47. Admit it when you’re wrong.
  48. If you offer to help don’t quit until the job is done.
  49. Look people in the eye when you thank them.
  50. Thank the bus driver.
  51. Never answer the phone at the dinner table.
  52. Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
  53. Know at least one good joke.
  54. Don’t boo. Even the ref is somebody’s son.
  55. Know how to cook one good meal.
  56. Learn to drive a stick shift.
  57. It’s okay to go to the movies by yourself.
  58. Dance with your mother/father.
  59. Don’t lose your cool. Especially at school and work.
  60. Always thank the host.
  61. If you don’t understand, ask before it’s too late.
  62. Know the size of your boyfriend/girlfriend's clothes.
  63. There is nothing wrong with a plain t-shirt.
  64. Be a good listener. Don’t just take your turn to talk.
  65. Keep your word.
  66. Carry your mother’s bags. She carried you for 9 months.
  67. Don’t be the talker in a movie.
  68. The opposite sex likes people who shower.
  69. You are what you do. Not what you say.
  70. Learn to change a tire.
  71. Be kind. Everyone has a hard fight ahead of them.
  72. An hour with grandparents is time well spent. Ask for advice when you need it.
  73. Don’t litter.
  74. You won’t always be the strongest of fastest. But you can be the toughest.
  75. Never call someone before or after 9 AM and 9PM.
  76. Make the little things count.
  77. You’re never too old to need your mom.
  78. Your dance moves might not be the best, but I promise making a fool of yourself is more fun than sitting on the bench alone.
  79. Smile at strangers.
  80. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or JOIN THE MICROPHONE!
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