FAQs

Who specifically are Fabic services for?

Fabic’s services support any person (children, teenagers and adults) who is using behaviours that they would prefer not to be using … which is really all of us. Behaviour is a word to describe anything we do, say, think and feel. It is important to understand that behaviour can also be “lack of behaviour”: that is what you don’t do, don’t say, don’t think and don’t feel. Both behaviour and “lack of behaviour” contribute to our outcomes in life.

If at any stage a person does not feel complete and joyful with where they are at in life, our services can support. Whether it be a result of a low intensity unwanted behaviour, or a high extreme behaviour, all unwanted behaviours follow the same formula and thus the same principles can be applied to each person so long as they are individually tailored to suit the child, teenager or adult choosing to change.

How are Fabic practitioners different to others?

At Fabic we understand that to truly support another we must first support ourselves. Therefore a commitment to continued personal and professional development is paramount at Fabic.

For more information read the abstract of a paper that Tanya Curtis presented at a national conference in 2013. The principles within this are based on the support she encourages for all Fabic staff.

How is Fabic different to other psychology and counselling clinics?

Fabic staff are very interested in first meeting the client for who they are and see their behaviours as secondary. At the heart of each human being is an awesome, amazing, lovable being! Some people are using behaviours that may not match their amazingness, however we are all equal in that we all have the same natural essence of amazingness. Most people using unwanted behaviours are doing so because they feel hurt, alone, or simply not equipped to deal with what life presents them. We understand that the reason for their behaviour being used is much more important than the actual behaviour itself.

Our role at Fabic is to make our own job redundant. Rather than offering solutions that provide momentary relief to help you through a certain situation only to have you coming back when a similar situation presents again, our goal is to teach you the skills to truly deal with the situation yourself so should a similar situation arise in the future you will have the ability to better manage this yourself. In essence our goal is to empower you.

Fabic’s philosophy states that all behaviour is happening for a reason and we believe that unwanted behaviour is often a person’s only existing means to manage in a situation they find difficult to understand and negotiate. Fabic clinicians are highly focussed on teaching people to understand the reasons for behaviour along with teaching new appropriate behaviours to respond to situations they are finding challenging. At Fabic, we teach and provide tools that are simple to implement in everyday real life situations.

Fabic also takes a holistic approach and if deemed appropriate will involve significant others throughout clinical sessions to ensure that all involved develop a greater understanding of the behaviour used by the individual seeking support. It is not unusual for many family members to attend the one session as the behaviours used by one will be influenced by the behaviours used by another.

Fabic staff emphasise that all people experience the same world differently, remembering that different does not mean wrong. To understand one person’s behaviour choice we must attempt to understand how that individual is perceiving their world ... thus attempting to understand their challenging situations and reasons for their behaviour choices.

Fabic also emphasises RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility can be empowering when embraced, yet disempowering if we give our power and responsibility to another person. Our role at Fabic is not to “fix you” rather to teach you a different way of behaving and thus the choice of your behaviour and outcomes in life become your responsibility … “If you don’t like your outcomes in life, we encourage you to examine all your own behaviours and investigate how they might be contributing to this.”

Where is Fabic?

Fabic is located at Worongary on the Gold Coast (exit 77 off the Pacific Highway between Robina and Nerang). To see the google map please visit Fabic’s contact page.

Although based on the Gold Coast, Skype (video conferencing via the internet) and telephone allows Fabic to provide clinical services both Nationally and Internationally. Fabic staff are also available to present workshops and provide consultancy services at your location. Please contact Fabic for further information.

Please note: Medicare rebates are not able to be claimed for skype/phone sessions.

Can you do consultations in distant places?

Yes. Skype (video conferencing via the internet) and telephone allows Fabic to provide clinical services both Nationally and Internationally. Also, Fabic's range of one day, 3 week and 2 hour behaviour specialist presentations are almost all available online via webinar. See our calendar of events page for further details.

Fabic staff are also available to present workshops and provide consultancy services at your location. Please contact Fabic for further information.

Please note: Medicare rebates are not able to be claimed for skype/phone sessions.

Can I obtain funding to use Fabic services?

Yes. There are several organisations and funding bodies that can be applied to in order to receive financial support for Fabic services. These organisations are all independent of Fabic and it is the responsibility of our clients to source the funding for themselves. For further information and a list of funding programs that you may be eligible for, please visit our funding page.

My child has been suspended from school, can you help me?

Individual consultations will focus on identifying the challenges that your child is faced with on a daily basis in the school setting, thus identifying the reasons why they were suspended. Subsequent consultations will focus on teaching your child new skills; new appropriate behaviours to manage more successfully in their school environment… thus learning new means of responding to events they are finding challenging at school.

Fabic’s philosophy is based on providing education to ALL people involved in the client’s life: supporting parents, family members, teachers and friends to understand the triggers and challenging situations that lead to the client’s unwanted behaviours. Therefore, intervention consultations may also involve supporting the school staff to implement effective strategies in your child’s school environment.

I know someone who has just received a diagnosis of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder & Aspergers Syndrome) or PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder). Can Fabic help?

At Fabic, we have extensive experience in supporting people who are on the Autism Spectrum and a solid understanding of the unique challenges that people with an ASD or PDD-NOS are faced with on a daily basis. Through our clinical services, we can support the person through one-to-one sessions. We also offer Autism Specific workshops and DVD’s where we teach people to gain a better understanding of what is going on for a person with an ASD and provide tools and strategies that can be applied to support a person with an ASD to live closer to blue on their behaviour scale.

If the person is under the age of seven you may be eligible to receive Fabic services under the “Helping Children With Autism Package”. Please contact Fabic if you have questions about the HCWA Package.

I am an adult with anxiety, can Fabic assist me?

Yes. In our clinical practice at Fabic, we have seen that anxiety is an epidemic. We support people with ranging levels of anxiety every day. In fact, the Fabic Methodology states that all unwanted behaviours are preceded by anxiety. In our sessions, you will learn to understand anxiety and gain tools that empower you to overcome your own anxiety, and leave you more equipped to support others around you that may be suffering from anxiety related behaviours.

I have been diagnosed or suffer from depression, can Fabic assist me?

Yes. Depression occurs when people perceive that their life is incomplete and/or has difficult situations in which the person does not feel equipped to manage. We understand depression is not something to resign yourself to and can be changed when you are willing to address the root cause of your depression.

I am a psychologist, are Fabic’s training courses suitable for me?

Yes, Fabic’s approach to behaviour is often quite unique and refreshing to professionals. Our courses focus on increasing the attendee's ability to find the reason WHY unwanted behaviour is occurring. Once the reason for behaviour is understood, effective interventions can be developed. Many psychologists have attended a series of Fabic workshops, and found that they were provided with a different perspective on understanding challenging behaviour. Many psychologists have sought ongoing mentoring after attending Fabic’s courses as they find the Fabic methodology to be supportive in their own practice.

Which workshop is best to attend?

All of the Fabic workshops are intended to support individuals to understand and change unwanted behaviours. All based on Fabic's 3 step process to behaviour change Body Life Skills, each workshop has a unique focus in its delivery. For more information on the complete range of Fabic workshops click here.