16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 June 2022

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

The Importance of Supportive Relationships to Validating the Grief Experienced by Young People in Juvenile Justice


Change, loss and grief permeate the experience of young people involved with juvenile justice. The complexity regarding the events leading to and following incarceration are complex and ongoing and many young people have had significant traumatic experiences in their lives.

To highlight the trauma, loss and grief experienced by many children and young people entering the justice system and how programs such as Seasons for Growth can provide the missing piece of the puzzle to help children and young people understand their life experience and to learn knowledge and skills to support them to process the experience of the justice system and for life and the future.
A review of research and literature regarding the grief experience of children and young people and how support for the past experience can act as an early intervention to enable change for the future and set them on a different life trajectory.
Practice Implications and conclusions:
Using a case study from the implementation of the Seasons for Growth education program in juvenile justice and the value of the seasonal metaphor in assisting individuals to respond to their experiences and prepare them for the changes ahead.


Fiona McCallum
General Manager
, Good Grief MacKillop Family Services

Fiona is the General Manager of Good Grief, a program of MacKillop Family Services. Good Grief develops and supports a range of evidence-based loss and grief education programs that help children, young people and adults to understand their experience and attend well to their grief following major loss experiences. The Seasons for Growth Children and Young People’s Program was authored by Professor Anne Graham and launched in 1996. The program has now reached over 300,000 children and young people in five countries. Fiona’s background is in leadership positions in human resource management, health and education. Her professional interests include children’s social and emotional wellbeing and supporting the learning of professionals to further their understanding and skillset to support children and young people. In her spare time, Fiona enjoys spending time with her family and on a paddleboard or kayak on the water.

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