Prosody Blog

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

July 10, 2020

The best thing to tell your kids

This article is written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. An earlier version appeared in the Herald Sun as an Op-Ed on the 22 March 2019. It has been a topsy turvy year so far. Our children were really scared during the bushfires. They saw nature burning, they felt the smoke …

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July 8, 2020

The most important tool in the therapeutic toolkit

This article was written by Sue Buratti, Manager of Therapeutic Services, NSW at the Australian Childhood Foundation. The subject of which therapeutic tool to use in a child or young person’s session is always one for fascinating discussion and rightly so. Often, Counsellors can worry about what will be the best intervention or tool to …

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July 2, 2020

The power of expectation

This article was written by Melissa Powney, Team Leader, Professional Education Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Have you ever considered how your expectations influence your reality? It is an important concept to reflect upon, as for every predetermined expectation we have about our future, our brain (or more specifically the Insula) anticipates and shapes …

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July 1, 2020

In her shoes

This article was written by Alice Lieshout, Therapeutic Specialist for the Australian Childhood Foundation.   THE MOVE  I hate that my life turned out this way. I didn’t think life could get any worse living with mum, but then I entered resi. I hate everything about this place. The smell, the people, my empty room, the other …

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June 25, 2020

Magnetic Mindfulness

This blog article was co-authored by Matt Harvey, Therapeutic Specialist at ACT Together and Lauren Thomas, Manager at the Australian Childhood Foundation. In the last decade, mindfulness has become one of the biggest buzzwords. From yogi’s to neuroscientists, parents and professionals, everyone has a method, an app or a process they’re using to ‘practice’ this …

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June 23, 2020

Coercive Control in Family Violence

This article was written by Bianca Stephenson-Gromer, a Senior Child Counsellor at the Australian Childhood Foundation. In recent years, with a greater awareness of family violence and the debilitating impact it can have on the victim-survivors, children and the community, more and more people are feeling empowered to report and speak out about their torturous experiences of family violence. There are a …

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June 16, 2020

Is the absence of threat the same thing as safety?

This article was written by Mandy Flint, Senior Training Consultant in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Professional Education Services. Safety is something that we talk a lot about during the Foundation’s training sessions around trauma and trauma-informed practice. Safety underpins any trauma-informed approach because if the child or young person does not feel safe then we cannot move forward with any …

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June 15, 2020

The story of Tim

This article was written by Daniel Howell, Senior Child and Family Counsellor at the Australian Childhood Foundation. Synergetic Play Therapy™ (2008) is a researched-informed model of play therapy blending the therapeutic power of play with nervous system regulation, interpersonal neurobiology, physics, attachment, mindfulness, and therapist authenticity. Its primary play therapy influences are Child-Centred, Experiential, and …

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June 10, 2020

What news have you got to tell me today?

This blog was written by Alexandra Faulkner, a Therapeutic Specialist at the Australian Childhood Foundation.    “What news have you got to tell me today?”  “My tooth is wobbly”, “Our footy team is in the finals”, “I’m going to a birthday party this weekend”, “We saw a dead duck in the park”.  “What news have …

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June 9, 2020

Abused children feel like this all the time

This post was written by Dr Joe Tucci, CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation. At some point, COVID-19 has made us all feel vulnerable. We have been worried about our jobs, our health, and how far-reaching its impact will be. We have been afraid that we might lose someone we love to the virus. We …

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