• The Need for an External Regulator in the Playroom

    play truck

    When babies are crying, distressed, and upset, why do we rock them back and forth? Founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado, Lisa Dion, helps us to understand the importance of therapists becoming external regulators in the playroom as children work towards integrating their challenging experiences.

  • Reflections on Day 5 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference

    Day 5

    This blog is the fifth 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 Marina Dickson, Executive Manager Professional Education Services at The Australian Childhood Foundation.

  • Reflections on Day 3 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference

    Day 3 Reflections

    This blog is the third 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 Janise Mitchell, Deputy CEO at The Australian Childhood Foundation. 

  • Reflections on Day 2 of the 2018 International Childhood Trauma Conference

    Day 2 Reflections

    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. 

  • Trauma-informed Learning and Practice in Remote Western Australia

    in 2016 a small team from Royal Far West travelled across the country to attend the International Childhood Trauma Conference. They aimed to learn about trauma, and for that learning to help impact and transform their practice.  Here, they report two years on about the remarkable impact they've seen.

  • Intentionally Supporting Residential Care to Become Therapeutic in NSW – ACF and SCU awarded contract to launch an Australian first Resource Centre

    residential care

    A new exciting project which has been contracted by the NSW Government stands to transform the way in which therapeutic residential care is provided to young people. An Australian first, this intermediary resource centre will guide all providers of Intensive Therapeutic Care and showcase the importance of relational ways of understanding how young people can be best supported.

  • Speaking up and being heard: how do we listen and respond to children’s experiences, needs and hopes?

    How can we ensure we hear directly from children so we know how they are feeling, what support they need, and with what they are struggling? In today's blog entry Nicola Palfrey, Director at Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network, explores strategies children find themselves experiencing when dealing with trauma, and how important it is for us to listen to their needs so we can provide them with proper support. 

  • Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future

    Healing the Past

    A new Aboriginal-led project aims to learn how to identify and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents who have experienced complex trauma in their own childhoods. 

  • Charlie’s Tales - Helping pre-schoolers to improve body-image Resource Review

    “Charlie’s Tales: Sylvie and the Star Tree” is the first of a series of books that aim to instil key body image messages in young girls created by the Pretty Foundation – a newly founded not-for-profit working to empower women and girls with the perspective, skills and support to develop and nurture a positive body image for themselves and others.

  • A new positive parenting support app for vulnerable mums

    Many mothers rely on google and other ‘mummy blogs’ for answers to the many questions that arise. The answers are varied, layered with criticisms, shaming and judgement. But a new app designed by The Babes Project, is working to ensure that every new mother should be empowered to thrive.

  • Technique vs Practice

    We are commonly asked just how effective mindful practices can be in those moments when they are most needed. Highly emotional moments between adults and children are precisely the moments when parents/educators need to be mindful and to prevent ‘flipping their lid’.

  • Toddlers and Teens

    What is it about toddlers and teens, that so many parents find difficult…and do the two groups have anything in common?
  • Introducing School Services Program Part 1

    In late 2016, The Australian Childhood Foundation introduced a new program to its organisational structure – the Schools Services Program. The SSP was established as a result of the growing demand within the Education sector:  individual schools, regional areas and at a departmental level to become Trauma Sensitive environments.
  • Permission to Nurture

    Hear from guest blogger and Behaviour Education Consultant, Michael Lincoln, as he shares how the introduction of trauma informed frameworks created permission to nurture for staff in schools. 

  • Review: The Neurobiology of Attachment Based Therapy

    For children to have to go from having to develop a mistrusting brain, and make the journey from mistrust to trust is not a no-brainer – it’s a real brainer. They really need to make some changes in their trajectory….. This book is an attempt to try to apply the knowledge about brain development and brain change and look at the process of change and attachment focused therapy’ - Jon Baylin In conversation with Dan Hughes and Janise Mitchell at the ACF conference 2016.

  • The Sooner the Better

    Meet the newest edition to our Mindful Parenting Programs - Bringing Up Great Kids: Hello Baby!

  • Corporate Partnerships - What are they really about?

    Corporate Partnerships As a not-for-profit organisation working with and for our community, connections and support are vital to us; they are the lifeblood of our existence. In fact, for us at the Foundation in particular, there is an interesting echo of our work with children in what we also seek to create for ourselves as an organisation. 
  • 7 Top Books About Families of All Shapes and Sizes

    ‘Family’ for children who have experienced child abuse and trauma can be a shifting and sometimes painful concept to grapple with, and we need more ways to help acknowledge and normalise the spectrum of what ‘family’ can mean. In today's blog post, Senior Counsellor Chris Cussens shares a list of books that include varied stories of ‘family’.

  • Amazing Brain Resource

    Amazing Brain Resource

    A colleague of mine recently recommended I check out an American resource called ‘The Amazing Brain’ for use with children and young people who have experienced trauma.  When I did, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found and am happy to recommend it to our Prosody readership.

  • Mirror Neurons & Bucket Fillers

    No matter what the therapeutic context, wiring into the prefrontal cortex region of the brain is the foundation for developing empathy, reflection, resilience and relationships. One important way in which we can do these – even with very young children and infants – is through the use of mirror neurons.

  • 8 of Our Favourite Children’s Storybooks

    Frequently, we are asked to recommend books for parents to use which reflect our focus on the importance of parent-child connections, as well as reinforcing the practice of mindfulness for parents and children.  Here's our current top 8 along with why we love them.

  • Safe and Secure

    A free, downloadable trauma informed practice guide for understanding and responding to children and young people affected by family violence.