Prosody Blog

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

August 20, 2018

Reflections on Day 1 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference

This blog is the first 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 Angela Weller.

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May 31, 2018

The story of Matti – why good service design in Therapeutic Residential Care means better outcomes for children and young people in care.

An exploration of Australia's need for good service design in Therapeutic Residential Care, when done well results in better outcomes for children and young people in care.

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April 12, 2018

Australia’s National Therapeutic Care Alliance – Part 1

An exploration of Australia's need for a National Therapeutic Care Alliance to clarify collective thinking, resource quality research and explore complex practice and standards for Australian children and young people in Out of Home Care. 

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January 12, 2018

It Takes a Village – Shared Care – A place in out of home care

For practitioners working to support vulnerable children, young people and their families, a task is allocated to our collective endeavours whenever new evidence surfaces that has the potential to deepen our understanding of children’s needs and their experience of relationships. We are required to make sense of it, evaluate its relevance and ultimately, if helpful, make it count in our practice.

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August 8, 2016

Don Dale : Beyond Anger

Reflecting on 'Australia's Shame' and the outrage that has followed the airing of the Four Corners episode, Lauren Thomas considers what we as a group of professionals working with vulnerable children can do.

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August 3, 2016

Where is Article 12?

Knowledge in the field of neurobiology has dramatically changed therapeutic work with trauma.  But does this focus also contribute to a bio-medical model of work that can lead to a breach in children's rights? Where children’s trauma is more likely to be managed medically rather than in an engaged manner with their ability to share their own experience and have input into therapeutic process? Here Mary Jo McVeigh considers the place of human rights in the trauma therapeutic discourse. 

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May 4, 2016

Sibling Sexual Abuse Series – Part 1

The first in what will be a three part series exploring Sibling Sexual Abuse, the impact on families and a model for therapeutic response which we have been trialling at the Foundation. 

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December 14, 2015

What are the essential elements of therapeutic foster care programs?

With the increasing interest in therapeutic approaches to the care of traumatised children and young people that are now many programs that describe themselves as therapeutic foster care, and these can differ significantly. In this article, I have listed the core elements that I believe are central to the delivery of foster care which has a trauma informed therapeutic intent. 

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April 23, 2015

Rediscovering a conceptual gem for therapeutic out of home care.

Sometimes you come across a journal article that is way before its time - like the one Janise Mitchell discusses in this blog entry! These seven vital components identified as the core of care for children who are removed from their family are as relevant today as they were innovative back then. 

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February 5, 2015

Applying the theory – two strategies for working with children and young people, suggested by students of our Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma

When delivering training, one of the constant learning objectives identified by participants is ‘we want strategies for working with children and young people who have experienced trauma’ or to put it as one participant did, ‘strategies, strategies, strategies’.

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