Category Archives: Schools

Complex Trauma: Three things you need to know about how it impacts the developing child

Complex Trauma occurs when children experience prolonged and debilitating fear and distress as a result of adverse experiences that occur recurrently and/or in combination, and where the person or person’s who are responsible for keeping the child safe from harm and alleviate their distress is/are:
1. unable to alleviate the child’s distress; or
2. responsible or the child’s distress. Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Resources

One of the most common types of feedback I hear from people who have attended training in the field of developmental trauma and trauma informed practice is that the training focuses heavily on what participants need to know and not … Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Practice Resource for Schools

This resource represents an endeavour to support effective working connections between home and school in support of recovery or children who have experienced trauma at home. Continue reading

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A practical resource supporting trauma-informed practice at school

I am very pleased to announce that in association with the successful implementation of the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic CARE in TUSLA’s alternate care service in Donegal, Ireland, and the CARE Therapeutic Framework in the Kinship Care Program in South Australia, I have developed a complementary resource for trauma-informed practice in schools. Continue reading

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Therapeutic caregiving – why conventional is vital

We know that . . . We do that . . . These are all-too-familiar responses to endeavours to promote conventional aspects of caregiving and relating as part of a therapeutic approach to the care of children who are experiencing, … Continue reading

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Relationship styles in children with a disability

Relationship Styles in Children with a Disability Based on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory By: Tara Hearne (Psychology Intern at Secure Start®) and Colby Pearce Relational styles in children can be broken down into four main categories: Secure A child with … Continue reading

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What did the man do?

  I am fascinated by videos such as these, of otherwise untamed species of animal developing a special bond with humans. I am particularly interested when, as in the case of the video below, the member of the otherwise untamed … Continue reading

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Punishment is Problematic

People do not act for no reason. They may act in response to an idea. They may act in response to an emotion. They may act in response to a need that requires satisfaction. They may act because the way … Continue reading

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Dear Teacher

Dear Teacher. I do not know what words to use to express my thoughts and feelings so I asked my psychologist to help me with this letter. I feel unsafe at school. People bother me. Especially when they are doing … Continue reading

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Wellness, Wellbeing and Resilience in Children

Decades of research has identified three factors that play a key role in children’s resilience. These three factors are: Individual factors (i.e. characteristics of the individual) Relationship/social factors (i.e. characteristics of their relationships) Environmental factors (i.e. characteristics of their environment). … Continue reading

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