Prosody Blog

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

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 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 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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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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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 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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