Prosody Blog

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

December 11, 2019

Twas the weeks before Christmas

‘Tis the season to be dysregulated Fa la la la la, la la la la! Christmas is a very special time of the year for so many of us. Despite our heartfelt desire to provide fun and memorable experiences for the children and young people in our care, the truth is that often the extra …

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November 8, 2019

Team Hufflepuff: Making People Feel Welcome

This blog post was written by Matthew Harvey, a Therapeutic Specialist at The Australian Childhood Foundation.    I remember being in my first Team Meeting. It was my fourth day at ACF and I didn’t know what we’d be discussing. I sat in silence rocking on my chair whilst taking in the room, the people …

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September 5, 2019

National Child Protection Week 2019

This article was authored by Jeanette Miller, Senior Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Program at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Fathers’ Day is not just about dads. It also marks the beginning of National Child Protection Week: appropriate timing, given what we know about the importance of putting children first whilst also giving parents …

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September 3, 2019

What is at the heart of trauma?

This blog post was written by Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO – Australian Childhood Foundation. It is not often that the words of a book extend beyond the page they are written on and reach into you to make such sense that their truth reverberates. Every paragraph is just like that in Bonnie Badenoch’s wonderful The …

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August 13, 2019

Meet the Speaker: Bonnie Badenoch

In the leadup to the 2019 International Speaker Tour, we asked Bonnie Badenoch 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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