Prosody Blog

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

May 23, 2019

Colours Of My Heart

This blog post is written by Katherine Gentle, who is a Child Psychologist working with Anglicare in a new service, Cassie’s Nest, a trauma informed counselling service on the south coast of NSW. Thanks to Katherine for generously sharing an activity she regularly uses in practice and related stories with ACF’s wider online community. “Sometimes …

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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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April 8, 2019

Mindfulness for Parents: 10 Breaths

In this post, and another in mid August, we will be sharing two mindfulness practices which we use with parents.  Today, we look at '10 Breaths' – a simple mindfulness practice for savouring your life.

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March 18, 2019

Technology and Trauma: 6 Apps for helping trauma transformation

Some of the most frequently asked questions in our training programs are about the use of technology; can we use it to successfully rewire neuronal pathways and increase synaptic activity where trauma has left deep tracks of damage?

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March 14, 2019

Moving and Soothing – Body based programs for children

This blog post is written by Pauline Lodge, Manager – Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation. Recently, Joe Tucci wrote a series of blogs exploring the concept of ‘safety” and what occurs for children when that safety has been violated. He identified three principles for understanding safety in our work with traumatised children …

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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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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 13, 2019

Five activities that promote connected safety for traumatised children and carers

This blog post is written by Dr. Joe Tucci, CEO of The Australian Childhood Foundation. Over the last two weeks, I have written two blogs about integrating the work of Steve Porges about safety into practice that centralizes it as a resource for children who have experienced trauma. In this third and final blog, I …

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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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