Prosody Blog

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

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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March 5, 2019

What is trauma?

Depending on who or what you read, trauma will be defined in a variety of ways. Is it simple or complex? Developmental, relational or attachment oriented? Within the field of childhood trauma we have a multitude of definitions and sub categories that can be quite confusing for practitioners. 

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February 28, 2019

Four things you will learn from Dr. Martin Teichers’ workshop that will likely astound you

This post was written by Dr. Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D. In Dr. Martin Teichers’ upcoming workshops with the Australian Childhood Foundation starting next month, he will be exploring many key themes in the Neuroscience of Multiple Trauma. Here are four interesting things you can expect to learn: 1. Childhood maltreatment markedly alters brain structure and …

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February 21, 2019

What are your key messages from the neurobiology of development and trauma?

This blog post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager, Professional Education Services. Every year, as I prepare for the next intake of students to our Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, I start thinking about how the knowledge of neuroscience of development and trauma has influenced the practice of our whole field over a decade. The …

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February 19, 2019

Together, let’s help to make all schools Trauma-Aware!

This blog was written by Dr. Judith Howard, a Senior Lecturer and researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. In most schools, and in many classrooms, there are students who have experienced complex childhood trauma who would benefit immensely from a system-wide, trauma-aware approach to schooling.  Despite the best intentions of schools and many school …

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