PaKT4Change is a mission driven charity engaging kids, parents and communities in innovative therapeutic music opportunities that promote change, build skills and disrupt harmful cycles.
PaKT4Change recognises the impact of complex family circumstances on child development and wellbeing. In response, we design targeted services and develop shared agendas with parents and others assuming responsibility for children and young people, empowering them to better understand and respond to the varied needs of those in their care.
PaKT4Change draws from music therapy approaches and trauma-informed models of care (see below) to give enriched meaning to the responsibility taken by families and communities for children and youth. Through collaboration and capacity building, PaKT4Change enhances and prioritises the sustainability of outcomes for a better Australia.
The qualified, highly-skilled therapists and professionals that make up the PaKT4Change team are motivated and passionate about providing opportunities for program participants to thrive. Maintaining a core belief in the value of music and creativity for connecting individuals, families and communities, we apply contemporary, informed, inclusive approaches to our practice with individuals and groups.
What is Music Therapy?
Music Therapy is defined by the Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) as a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing.
In Australia, music therapists are university trained professionals who must maintain registration with the AMTA, binding them to a Code of Ethics within their practice.
PaKT4Change was founded by two music therapists (and one big supporter of music therapy!), passionate about music as a valuable tool for connection and change. Services within PaKT4Change have therefore developed from the principles and approaches of music therapy.
What is Trauma Informed Care and Practice?
Trauma Informed Practice is a model of care in which knowledge of the neurological, biological, psychological and social impacts of trauma on individuals is understood and considered in the development and delivery of practice and policy. It is an approach that prioritises collaboration, safety, compassion, choice and control, within a strengths based framework.
Trauma Informed Care and Practice recognises people affected by trauma not as injured, but as having an injury. A relational, flexible and holistic approach is taken to address the injury whilst remaining aware and respectful of the context of the individual’s life, culture, preferences and personal aspirations.
PaKT4Change acknowledges the incidence of people affected by trauma and is committed to delivering programs and services that are welcoming and sensitive to their needs.