John* is a male in his early twenties with an intellectual disability resulting from acquired brain injury sustained in a car accident as a child. John is also on the autism spectrum, and has a diagnosis of schizophrenia and personality disorders. He has a long history of self-harm and suicidal behaviour, as well as childhood trauma and sexual abuse. Over the years, he has connected with multiple services including child protection, mental health, disability support, forensic disability, corrections, and housing. He struggles to engage with people because of his background and disability.
John was referred to SECCA for Protective Behaviours Education, which includes boundary-setting, and identifying appropriate and inappropriate relationships. Because of the complexity of John’s issues, he was seen for a number of sessions and an eclectic and integrative counselling approach was developed to work with him. This approach advocates a selective combination of the most efficient techniques to achieve optimal therapeutic results for the client.
Following his work with SECCA, John reported that he had gained an insight into his behaviour that resulted in him being less impulsive and anxious, and that he had more confidence to identify situations that would place him at risk.