Why Choose Teen Challenge Victoria?

It takes support, direction and heart-felt commitment to break the chains of addiction and other life-controlling behaviours. Our team has been applying this understanding for over forty years. As a result, we have helped thousands of men take control and get on with their lives.

People don't just click their fingers and become outstanding leaders and community members. They need opportunities, guidance, a clear path to follow and good friends for support. Our Christian-based, residential training facility offers all this and more. Our vision is to help people put their lives back together and set them on the pathway of success.

We don't pretend to be able to change a person's past. What we can do is try to understand what lies at the core of the presenting issues and help people find the physical, spiritual and emotional strength to face life's challenges head-on and come out on top in the future.

What can I expect?

Located in the Goulburn Valley region, Teen Challenge Victoria is a 24 bed, long term residential program for men that provides:

24/7 Supervision (a number of staff live on the facility)

Shared evaporative cooled and heated bedrooms

Access to Mentors, Psychologists, Doctors and Group classes

Accountability Disciplined routine

Work responsibility

Health and fitness, including an on-site Personal Trainer as well as weekly sports. eg: swimming, tennis

One-on-one mentoring

How do I apply for the program?

Call the Intake Coordinator to arrange a phone interview on (03) 5852 3777 OR call Kathleen 0459 999 448 for more information email kathleengrace@teenchallenge.com.au. Subject to bed availability and acceptance into the program, an intake date and time will be arranged.

Why the name Teen Challenge?

The name Teen Challenge originated with the focus on teenagers in street gangs in New York City in 1958. Over the years the program success has made the name a respected brand name in the community.

How long have you been in operation?

For over 40 years

Do you have male and female participants onsite?

No – males only

Is your program Christian based? Yes

Do participants have to attend church? Yes, Church attendance is a part of the program.

Who are you affiliated with? Australian Christian Churches

Do you have a board of management? Yes

What sources does your income come from?

Income for Teen Challenge Victoria is provided through donations, monthly sponsorships, grants, foundations, fund raising, micro-enterprise, and client fees.

Do you have to be a Christian to attend the program? No

Do you have to become a Christian to stay in the program? No

How do people hear about Teen Challenge Victoria?

Our services are listed on many community service databases including NADA, government agencies such as Juvenile Justice, Centrelink and medical detoxification centres. Community drug and alcohol services as well as local churches all have access to information.

Does Teen Challenge Victoria provide detox services?

No, Teen Challenge Victoria does not have the medical staff onsite to provided this service but will assist clients in sourcing a detox service.

What life controlling issues does Teen Challenge Victoria address?

Individuals seeking help in dealing with 'life-controlling' issue such as: addictive, impulsive and compulsive behaviours, issues of neglect, anger, self-esteem and the negative impact these issues have on an individual.

What ages do the participants need to be? 16+

Is your program maintenance or abstinence based?

Teen Challenge Victoria is an abstinence based program, which utilises harm-minimisation principles on the road to abstinence.

Do you have a doctor on site? No. Teen Challenge Victoria works closely with local medical practioners.

Can participants access psychiatric care? Yes Yes

Can participants receive visitors? Yes. All visitation is booked prior to the day.

Are participants supervised at all times on Teen Challenge Victoria outings? Yes

Do participants live 24/7 on site? Yes

Do you have staff 24/7 on site? Yes

What happens if a participant breaks the program rules?

Teen Challenge Victoria encourages participants to recognise that all behaviours carry consequences. The behaviour management procedure is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to receive feedback regarding problematic behaviour, and offer the opportunity for participants to make necessary adjustments to future behaviour. Rather than being viewed as a punitive process, the behaviour management procedure should be seen as an opportunity to foster change and growth within participants. Problematic behaviour is defined as any action that is contrary to the established rights and responsibilities of the Teen Challenge Victoria participant or that otherwise goes against the Program Guidelines. Participants receive a copy of the Participant Manual upon admission. This includes information on rights and responsibilities and the consequences for problem behaviour.

What is your policy on drugs on site?

Participants are not permitted to use alcohol or other contraband substances whilst enrolled in Teen Challenge Victoria. This applies to participants whilst they are on Teen Challenge Victoria premises or on scheduled outings. The choice to use alcohol or other contraband substances whilst enrolled in Teen Challenge Victoria will result in disciplinary consequences.

What happens to a participant who is suspended from the program?

Participants who are suspended (discipline-exited) from our program are contracted by their mentor to adhere to a number of requirements while out of the program.

Do you deal with dual diagnosis?

Yes, provided that the participant is under the care of an appropriate mental health care professional.

What is the participant to mentor ratio? 1:6 (one mentor for every 6 participants)

What if I have outstanding legal matters?

Teen Challenge Victoria will assess each situation on a case-by-case basis, please contact the Teen Challenge Victoria Assessment Coordinator for further information.

Do you take participants from detention centres? Only individuals who are already eligible for parole or bail will be considered for entry.

What criminal history may preclude a participant from coming into the program?

All clients are assessed on an individual basis. Teen Challenge Victoria reserves the right to refuse entry to any person who poses a safety risk to other participants, staff or local communities.