The Lawson Program provides a supportive educational environment for students in Years 7 to 12 who are admitted through the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Unit (Department of Health).

The program typically caters for students with severe depressive and anxiety disorders. The Rivendell clinical team works closely with Rivendell School in both the assessment and treatment of young people.

Criteria for Selection

The program caters for high school students who have been admitted to the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Unit (Department of Health).

Mode of Operation

Prior to admission the young person and their family attend a collaborative planning meeting with Rivendell staff where goals of admission and school pathways are discussed.

All students in the Lawson program have a Personalised Learning Plan consisting of school work in line with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum. Their study may combine home school, Rivendell or Sydney Distance Education High School units of work targeted to the appropriate year level. Students will also participate in an integration program, transitioning into the most appropriate educational or workplace setting.

Regular family meetings are an integral part of the program.  They are used to establish, monitor and review the individual’s education goals.

The Referral Process

A referral may be made to the intake officer of the Rivendell Child, Adolescent and Family Unit (Department of Health) by a medical practitioner or mental health professional on 9736 2288 between 9 am and 5 pm weekdays.