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Resilient Kids Book – Parent/School resource

Resilient Kids BOOK

Book and ebook available

  • For children aged around 8-12.
  • Parents, a great addition to your child’s toolbox.
  • Teachers and School Counsellors, use with your class or individual students.

An easy to read, engaging, jam packed little book of top resilience building tips and skills for children (and adults!).

Emotional ups and downs are normal. Some days life is just tough!

No matter how old or young, you can take steps to handle these times.

Learn how to recognise and tolerate uncomfortable or difficult emotions as signals to take action. Use failure and disappointment as stepping stones towards achievement. Seek support when times are tough.

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News from Open Doors Dec 2020

With the easing of restrictions in Melbourne we are seeing a gradual return to face to face counselling for some of our locally based clients. Others are happy to remain on the Zoom online video platform for convenience, or because it’s their best option if they live far from the centre. Last week we had two new referrals for post abortion counselling from interstate, one a remote rural area. For these women, the online option is a lifeline.

The enquiries for couples counselling continue almost daily. The pressures of this COVID-19 year seem to have really pushed to the fore those issues which are habitually tucked away within many couples’ relationships.

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News from Open Doors – Sept 2020

Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne have prevented us from seeing any face to face clients for some weeks now but our staff and volunteers are still working hard on the phone and online to provide the best possible outcomes for all who contact us for help. Most weeks we average 8-10 new clients. Occasionally we will refer a client on to a different service for help with a specific issue, otherwise a counsellor is assigned the same day.

We continue to respond to many requests for couples counselling, some involving pregnancy and/or pregnancy loss, but all showing how vulnerable relationships and families can become when external stresses increase. Whatever we can do to strengthen a couple’s ability to communicate well and better care for each other is going to flow into benefits for pregnancy decisions, children’s welfare and society in general down the track.

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News from Open Doors Feb 2020

In November this year Open Doors will turn 36. What has changed over this time and what has stayed the same about what we do?

The biggest change we have seen has been the shrinking window of opportunity to reach out to a woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and thinking about abortion. No longer does she come to us for a free pregnancy test and counselling, as was the norm up until the early 2000s. Now she does her own test at home and then, with a couple of clicks on her phone, she is able to book in for an abortion, even obtain a same day appointment.

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News from Open Doors June 2020

None of us could have expected the way in which this year has unfolded! COVID 19 threw a massive curve ball into everyone’s plans, causing disruption to our day to day routines, sometimes fear and anxiety, and uncertainty about what the future might look like. We wonder, will life ever be quite the same?

In a way, this is how an unplanned pregnancy can seem to a woman or couple who are shaken by the news.  Plans are suddenly up in the air. The future seems uncertain. There may be fear and anxiety about how they will manage. Will life ever be the same?

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Wonder of Living, 2019 video series

New in 2019.  Supplied on USB - a 3 part video series plus comprehensive Teacher's Manual on pdf ready to print and go.  Focuses on the needs of children ... supports and empowers parents ... takes a family focus ... presents values for life!

Wonder of Living  is a sexuality education package for Levels 3-6 that delivers age appropriate information in an uncompromising context of 'best health values' for young children and teenagers.

Watch the promo -

Wonder Of Living 2019

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Wonder of Living BOOK – Parent resource

THE WONDER OF LIVING BOOK, a guide to growing up.

For children aged around 8-12.

For parent and child to read together or separately.

Chapters cover the development & birth of a baby, the amazing human body, how a baby starts, puberty and handling teen issues such as body perfection, the selfie culture and cyber safety.

Cost: $20. (postage included)

Wonder Of Living BOOK order here

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Pre-marriage Education – ‘Prepare & Enrich’

Pre-marriage education is the most important part of your wedding preparations ...  It might just be the best wedding present you can give to each other!

Affordable Pre-marriage Education is available from Open Doors to help you  -

  • Identify your strengths as a couple
  • Explore areas for growth
  • Enhance your relationship skills

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When a pregnancy ends

When a pregnancy ends early, in whatever circumstances, it can be a devastating time for a woman.  Men can also be deeply affected.

Whether the pregnancy was planned or unplanned, you may experience a range of feelings which include disbelief, sadness, emptiness, anger, disappointment and a sense of isolation. These are normal feelings that we experience after a loss.

However for you they may have been unanticipated, especially if your pregnancy was unplanned. You may be overwhelmed and confused trying to make sense of the way you feel.

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