Prosody Blog

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

August 13, 2019

Meet the Speaker: Bonnie Badenoch

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? When I …

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August 8, 2019

Trauma informing and shaping our school communities – the students have been leading us where we need to go.

This article was authored by Deborah Costa, a registered psychologist, and school counsellor with a professional area of interest and development in working to support traumatised children and young people in schools. She was also the recipient of an NSW Premier’s study scholarship in 2018.   In the 10 years that I’ve so far had the …

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July 24, 2019

Neuroscience as metaphor – building a narrative

This post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager, Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation. In the preface of Lou Cozolino’s book, Why Therapy Works: Using Your Mind to Change Your Brain, Lou makes almost a throw-away comment.  He says, ‘….while science is, in many ways, just another metaphor….’  This is an interesting …

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July 22, 2019

Vale Anton Hermann

It was with a great deal of shock and sadness that the Australian Childhood Foundation learned that Anton Hermann had been involved in a tragic bicycle accident and passed away on Saturday 6th July 2019. Anton has been involved with the Foundation, through the Safeguarding Children Program, since the program moved to the ACF in …

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July 9, 2019

The Social Synapse – The fusion of brain and relationship

This blog post was written by Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO at The Australian Childhood Foundation. “…When we interact, we are impacting each other’s internal biological state and influencing the long term construction of each other’s brains. This, in essence, is how loves becomes flesh… ” Lou Cozolino, The Neuroscience of Human Relationships (2013) Lou Cozolino …

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May 23, 2019

Colours Of My Heart

This blog post is written by Katherine Gentle, who is a Child Psychologist working with Anglicare in a new service, Cassie’s Nest, a trauma informed counselling service on the south coast of NSW. Thanks to Katherine for generously sharing an activity she regularly uses in practice and related stories with ACF’s wider online community. “Sometimes …

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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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