Prosody Blog

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

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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February 21, 2019

What are your key messages from the neurobiology of development and trauma?

This blog post is written by Marina Dickson, Executive Manager, Professional Education Services. Every year, as I prepare for the next intake of students to our Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma, I start thinking about how the knowledge of neuroscience of development and trauma has influenced the practice of our whole field over a decade. The …

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February 19, 2019

Together, let’s help to make all schools Trauma-Aware!

This blog was written by Dr. Judith Howard, a Senior Lecturer and researcher from the Queensland University of Technology. In most schools, and in many classrooms, there are students who have experienced complex childhood trauma who would benefit immensely from a system-wide, trauma-aware approach to schooling.  Despite the best intentions of schools and many school …

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February 6, 2019

How to invite safety back into the relationships around traumatised children?

This blog post was written by Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation. Last week, I wrote about three practice principles that were derived from an exploration of the neuroscience of safety. In this blog, I describe a way of working that centralises safety as the theme for healing the physiological and psychological consequences …

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January 30, 2019

What really is safety for traumatised children and young people?

This blog post was written by Dr Joe Tucci CEO, Australian Childhood Foundation. A few years ago, Steve Porges asked me to contribute a chapter to a book about the clinical applications of his Polyvagal Theory. It was a little surreal. Like many of you, Steve has been one of the major influences on the …

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