The Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services are available for women experiencing difficulties with their own or someone else's AOD use.

AOD services include

  • Individual, couple and family counselling services
  • Group programs
  • School holiday programs and social and recreational activities
  • Prison programs

Counselling

Individual, couple or family counselling is available. Qualified counsellors work alongside women and their families experiencing AOD related problems to make positive changes in their own and their families lives. WHFS encourages family involvement and family members including partners, parents and children and offers individual, family and/or couples counselling.

PEPISU and Children’s Program

PEPISU provides individual AOD counselling, information, and group activities for women who are pregnant and/or parenting children under 8 years old. These services are also available to their children and families. The PEPISU team will work with them to support making positive changes for themselves and their families. Welfare and advocacy support is also available. Specialised counselling is offered to children affected by parental AOD use and PEPISU also provides parenting training and support.

A free weekly coffee morning is held on Tuesdays at Northbridge between 10am and 12pm to offer Mums the opportunity to socialise and receive support from their peers and workers.

Services are available at Northbridge, Joondalup, Fremantle and King Edward Memorial Hospital. Home visits are also available based on individual assessment and need.

Groups

The AOD services provide women with an opportunity to access additional support from others experiencing similar difficulties whilst also learning new skills. Expressive therapy groups and open, structured, psycho-educational and therapeutic groups are available including:

Getting Off and Staying off (GOSO)

GOSO provides women with a safe and caring environment to gain support and assistance with alcohol and other drug related problems. It is an open group that can be accessed immediately as there is no wait list and no charge for attendance.

Issues covered in group include strategies to manage emotions, managing cravings / triggers, relationship and communication skills and self esteem. GOSO is held on Mondays at Northbridge starting at 10:30am to 12pm (except public holidays).

Minding our Moods (MOM's)

This seven week program uses a mindfulness approach to explore depression, anxiety and other difficult emotions, identifying triggers and exploring how we can better 'mind our moods'.

Circle of Security (COS)

An eight week program to assist in bonding with your child and to learn how to understand their emotional needs and improve how you manage their behaviour.

Prison Programs

WHFS provides programs for women in Bandyup Womens Prison to provide support in addressing the AOD problems that may have contributed to their offending. These programs also support the women to develop strategies to assist them in preparation prior to their release into the community.

Court Diversion Program

WHFS is a WA Diversion Program treatment provider and offers a comprehensive range of free therapeutic support services to women (and their families) who are referred by the Diversion Officers in the metropolitan courts. Women who are participating in the Pre-Sentence Opportunity Program (POP), Supervised Treatment Intervention Regime (STIR) or the Perth Drug Court are offered individual, couple or family counselling and are also able to access the group programs.

Community Justice Services

WHFS provides a range of therapeutic services to women and their families affected by AOD use who are being supervised by the Department of Corrective Services. Individual, couple and family counselling and group programs are available.

For more information

If you would like to find out about AOD or other services at WHFS, please email us on info@whfs.org.au

If you do not have email or need to speak to someone, please call (08) 6330 5400.