Prosody Blog

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

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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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 1, 2020

A unique window into our world – a supervisors reflections on therapy in the time of COVID19

This blog is written by Sharon Duthie, a Team Leader in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Therapeutic Services.  As the global pandemic COVID-19 has swept across the world, so too have sweeping changes to the way we practice. We are now seeing the parent/carers, children and young people online for therapy. We are seeing them through a different lens; quite literally through a window on …

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May 29, 2020

Living with the invisible threat

This blog is authored by Mandy Flint, a Senior Advisor in the Australian Childhood Foundation’s Professional Education Services. COVID19 has brought about some challenges that for many of us are extraordinary. None of us could have anticipated the level of personal and professional challenge that would be imposed on us in order to keep us safe …

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May 28, 2020

Back to school in a COVID-19 world

This blog is authored by Lauren Thomas, Professional Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Childhood Foundation.  Over the past few weeks, and this week in Victoria, schools are beginning to reopen their doors for students post the Corona Virus lockdown. There are mixed feelings for all involved. During this period of lock-down Australians (indeed people all over …

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May 26, 2020

RISE – a new program supporting families affected by family violence.

This blog is jointly written by Nicole Balfour, Team Leader of Therapeutic Services in Ovens Murray Goulburn, from the Australian Childhood Foundation team based in Albury, and Colleen Tait, the Acting Manager of the Families and Children’s Team at Junction Support Services. Based in Wodonga, Victoria, Junction Support Services has been changing lives for 30 years through supporting people …

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May 21, 2020

Let’s Play!

For the last eight weeks, families have been ‘stuck’ inside due to Corona Virus.  It has been a juggle for many parents to manage the difficult balance between working from home, parenting and supporting the online learning of our children. Many are worried that their children might ‘fall behind’ academically or are concerned that their role as parent and caregiver is …

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