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Therapeutic Specialist, Kylie McKenzie guides us through The Popping Bubbles Program, which uses connecting activities to support both mothers and infants to bond together after they have both experienced the danger and violation of family violence.Read More
Reflections on Day 2 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference
This blog is the second in a series of daily blogs being published during the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference. Each day a member of the Australian Childhood Foundation's Senior Executive will share their reflections on the content in sessions they attended. Today's blog is written by Noel MacNamara, Executive Manager Research and Policy.Read More
The Power of Connection and Confidence – An Interview with a Kinship Carer
Senior Training Consultant, Ciara Merrifield, chats with a Kinship Carer to hear about her experiences as well as discover how the ‘Trauma-informed care’ training course has enabled her to gain valuable insight on the impacts of trauma in children's development.Read More
What is love?
The recent launch of ACF’s new logo and the narrative of love that accompanies it has prompted me to consider this concept of love in our work with traumatised children. Having love as a value seems fundamental to everything we do in both our personal and professional lives. Yet, when we unpack what love means in the context of children who have experienced trauma, it is way more complex.Read More
Neurobiology of Self-Care
An exploration of self-care from a neurobiological perspective, placing it at the centre of effective practice in work with traumatised children, young people and families.Read More
Caring for a Traumatised Teen
Adolescence is a period of significant growth, change and development, and is often an exciting as well as challenging time for young people and their parents or carers. In this blog entry we discuss the insights neurobiology has to support the role of carers of traumatised young people.Read More
9 Plain English Principles of Trauma Informed Care
The trauma literature can be overwhelming. Its basis in neuroscience offers incredible insights into its impact. But it also is challenging to decipher and make relevant to the ways in which children that have experienced abuse and neglect can be effectively supported.Read More
What if the world hurts?
What if your teacher’s voice feels like a dentist drill? What if the walls of your classroom feel like they are crowded and moving? What if the seam on your sock drives you to distraction and makes it almost impossible to listen to what is being said to you? Beth Guy looks at the topic of sensory defensiveness and what it means for children and young people as well as those who support them.Read More
The Neurobiology of Christmas – 10 things Parents and Carers can do to help a traumatised child cope with this holiday season
The holiday period around Christmas is a time of celebration and joy for most families. However for many children who have experienced abuse and neglect and are living in alternative care, it can be a stressful and sad time sometimes evoking memories of past. This entry provides ideas for how to be a support.Read More