Social Health has been evolving an integrated model of reflective practice designed to enhance the listening and interpersonal competencies necessary for providing social-emotional-existential support. This is based on principles of mindfulness and a non-theistic form of spiritual companioning.
In March 2020 Social Health began preparing volunteer practitioners to support older adults impacted by isolation and loneliness. Funded by grants from the City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira, and Humanists Victoria, Meaning, Purpose and Connection brought forward 18 people from fields such as psychology, social work, counselling, and pastoral care to learn about the art of creating safe space for deep conversations. In addition to a six-week training program, Social Health has been facilitating ongoing sessions designed to help them detach, debrief and mitigate the secondary traumatic stress impacts associated with this work, as well as experience more meaning, purpose and connection themselves.