Prosody Blog

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

October 26, 2018

10 Key Messages for Schools About Functional Behaviour Assessment

This blog article was written by Dr Sonja Vanderaa, Senior Training Consultant at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Have you ever wondered what a functional behaviour assessment is? Or how it can help the children and young people you work with? So much has been written about functional behaviour assessment (FBA) that it can be hard to …

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October 17, 2018

Short term work with children who have experienced family violence and homelessness

This blog post has been written by Cat Albert and Vanessa Gravina of the Resilient Kids, Resilient Women project. Prior to joining the Resilient Kids Resilient Women (RKRW) project, I was the type of practitioner that highly doubted the efficacy of short term interventions withtraumatised children. And to be honest, some days I still carry …

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October 15, 2018

Translating theory into practice

This blog post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager of Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation.   For the past 30 years, ACF has been combining direct therapeutic practice for children and young people with the delivery of high-quality trauma-informed professional development opportunities building on the sector’s capacity.  The ongoing integration of …

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October 12, 2018

Taking Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy to the next level

This blog post was written by Jaclyn Guest Senior Counsellor, Child Trauma Service.   How many traumatised children do you know that can tell you about their inner emotional experiences using words? Trauma attacks stories. It scrambles our ability to tell our stories. It steals our opportunities to have our stories heard and validated. The …

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October 2, 2018

Looking in the Mirror

This blog has been written by Anna Fasolo, who is a Therapeutic Specialist at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Relationships are essential for all work with children and young people, even more so when they have experienced the traumas of abuse and violence. At the Foundation, our therapeutic model reflects this; we understand that relationships are …

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September 24, 2018

Therapeutic Residential Care: The Clinical Specialist – An Essential Design Element in Therapeutic Residential Care

This blog is written by Raeleen McKenzie, a psychologist and member of the National Therapeutic Residential Care Alliance. The clinician in therapeutic residential care (TRC) provides the essential understanding of the child’s social, emotional and cognitive functioning and guides therapeutic work. Therapeutic residential care (TRC) promises care that is more than meeting the child’s basic needs …

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September 13, 2018

Child Protection Week

This blog article was written by Noel Macnamara, National Manager Policy and Research at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   It’s been over a week since child protection week. A great opportunity for us to reflect on how we care for the more vulnerable children and young people in our community. I am reminded of the …

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August 29, 2018

Interesting dog facts – a child’s perspective

This article was written by Angela Weller, General Manager Therapeutic Services at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   In our work with children, we often learn things, and always want to hear their voices and the things that matter to them. Yesterday I met Emily*, a young girl who shared with me some interesting facts about …

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August 28, 2018

How can parents feel support in their parenting role?

This blog article is written by Chris Hutchinson, Trainer and Consultant in the Parenting and Early Years Team at the Australian Childhood Foundation.   Parenting today has all types of stress and pressure and parents don’t need the added stress of unhelpful, negative comments even if they are intended as constructive advice. Parents should feel …

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August 22, 2018

Pioneering therapeutic foster care in Australia – Building our own evidence base about what works

Janise Mitchell and Joe Tucci explore the results of the recent TrACK Evaluation completed recently by Southern Cross University. They conclude with a commentary about the need to support locally developed initiatives. 

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