You can learn more about a person in an
hour of play than in a year of conversation

- Plato

Group based programs have been found to be an especially effective way of learning key interpersonal and self-management skills. We provide programs for all ages and needs, but specialise in group programs for young people. We have substantial expertise in running innovative group programs in schools for a wide range of issues including communication skills, coping skills, emotional management, cognitive behavioural group therapy, student engagement, etcetera. Neo runs group programs as an adjunct or alternative to conventional counselling, as well as for schools or youth organisations.

We offer a range of programs as adjunct or alternative counselling or coaching options.
These are offered at Neo and can also be run in-house for your school or organisation.

CHOICES - Social & Coping Skills

A modular cognitive behavioural group program for young people that covers essential social and emotional competencies for effective coping such as identifying and expressing emotions; non-verbal communication; assertive communication; managing stress, depression and anxiety; anger management; conflict resolution; making and keeping friends. A complete program is 10 weeks (2 hours per week – total of 20 hours), however, an abbreviated program that focus on specific issues   can also be provided. This program has been developed in clinical, counselling and school contexts and can be modified to any setting and client population.

Student Engagement and Resilience programs

We have created many programs for bodies such as the Victorian Schools Innovation Commission and the Victorian Department of Human Services, School Focussed Youth Services, to increase student engagement and resilience for students at risk of disengagement from education. We can develop innovative and tailored programs using creative-media & arts, adventure activities and social-emotional skill workshops that stimulate students, and parents, to re-engage with learning and the school community.

See example song-writing video clips from the 2003 Student Futures project.

Wilderness Adventure Therapy®

This widely acclaimed, evidence-based intervention is available to teenagers who are referred to Neo. We also have extensive experience in running WAT programs in-house for clients of schools, counselling and mental health services.  Click here for more details.


Young Thinkers
Social & personal development programs                          for intellectually gifted young people

This program enhances intellectually gifted young peoples' social and emotional skills; helping them better understand how to make and maintain relationships and feel more confident in school and peer environments.



Psychological First Aid workshops for young people

These innovative 2-3 hour intensive workshops are designed to quickly engage teenagers around issues of peer support for personal crises, personal safety and mental health problems. Simple steps of psychological first-aid for teenagers are covered, with a focus on getting adult help and self-care. Recommended as a whole school approach in combination with Psychological First Response® training for teachers to promote psychologically safe schools.


Family Wilderness Adventure Therapy®

Specially adapted, evidence-based Family WAT programs are available to families (with at least one teenage child) who are referred to Neo. Programs can also be run in-house for clients of schools, counselling and mental health services.

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Adventure Program for Couples

Fun weekend retreats exploring essential ingredients for healthy and nurturing relationships. Share easy activities with a small group of other couples in a comfortable and spectacular setting in the Strathbogie Ranges 90 minutes from Melbourne. Short, success-promoting challenges stimulate thinking about effective ways to communicate, and build and maintain trust. There's nothing like inspiring, shared experiences to strengthen bonds with your partner.


Positive Parenting Program (Triple P®) programs

Program for parents of children 2 to 12 years. Helps parents to be more effective in managing behaviour and bringing up happy and secure children. Visit the official Triple P website for details of this internationally acclaimed evidence-based program.

For more information, or referral to any Neo program:


OR call: 1300 303 160