Prosody Blog

Articles and conversations dedicated to innovation, research and practice with children and young people in need of support, protection and care

May 23, 2019

Colours Of My Heart

This blog post is written by Katherine Gentle, who is a Child Psychologist based in Bermagui. Thanks to Katherine for generously sharing an activity she regularly uses in practice and related stories with ACF’s wider online community. “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” Winnie the Pooh In my work with …

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May 2, 2019

Meet the speaker: Jennifer Freyd

In the leadup to the 2019 International Speaker Tour, we asked Jennifer Freyd the following five questions, hoping to gain some insight into the people, places, and experiences that helped shape her and her professional journey. 1. What was a pivotal experience (the “spark”) that started you off in your research and/or practice:   I …

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April 17, 2019

The Trauma of Separation and Divorce

It is easy to underestimate the impact of family arguments, parental separation, the leaving of one parent from the family home, the disconnection in relationships, the challenges extended family have when perhaps being prevented from seeing a child/young person due to parental acrimony and the interconnected effect these can have on children.  

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April 8, 2019

Mindfulness for Parents: 10 Breaths

In this post, and another in mid August, we will be sharing two mindfulness practices which we use with parents.  Today, we look at '10 Breaths' – a simple mindfulness practice for savouring your life.

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March 26, 2019

Addressing video game addiction with young people

This blog post is written by Matthew Harvey, Therapeutic Specialist, Therapeutic Services Canberra. Video games aren’t all bad. Many people are able to enjoy them and curb their use, maintaining social interactions, relationships, personal hygiene, school, and physical health, while still holding other interests. However, for some people, this isn’t the case. Video games become …

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March 19, 2019

Meet the speaker: Lisa Dion

In the leadup to the 2019 International Speaker Tour, we asked Lisa Dion the following four questions, hoping to gain some insight into the people, places, and experiences that helped shape her and her professional journey. 1. What was a pivotal experience (the “spark”) that started you off in your research and/or practice: When I …

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March 18, 2019

Technology and Trauma: 6 Apps for helping trauma transformation

Some of the most frequently asked questions in our training programs are about the use of technology; can we use it to successfully rewire neuronal pathways and increase synaptic activity where trauma has left deep tracks of damage?

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March 14, 2019

Moving and Soothing – Body based programs for children

This blog post is written by Pauline Lodge, Manager – Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation. Recently, Joe Tucci wrote a series of blogs exploring the concept of ‘safety” and what occurs for children when that safety has been violated. He identified three principles for understanding safety in our work with traumatised children …

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March 13, 2019

After the storm – Supporting parenting after family violence

This blog post is written by Pat Jewel, Manager of our Parenting and Early Years Program. Family violence causes ruptures in the relationships around children and young people. It is an assault on the attachment system living in the mother-child relationship which is a key organizer of children’s responses to danger and safety in the …

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March 7, 2019

A story that started with a man called Dan Hughes

This blog post is written by Pauline Lodge, Manager of Professional Education Services. Around 25 years ago, I undertook a workshop with a man called Dan Hughes, who took me and the others in the room on a journey to understand the wonderful way he engaged with children and young people and their caregivers. This …

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