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Working with At-Risk Families: The Importance of Regulating Shame

In The Zahir, author Paulo Coelho tells the story of two firefighters who take a break from fighting a forest fire by a stream. The face of one of the firefighters is dirty and sooty. The face of the other … Continue reading

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The Aqua Balloon: An allegory about growth and love from the psychology consulting room

In my therapeutic work with children and young people I incorporate play activities in order for them to experience themselves in a way that challenges existing unhelpful ideas. My intent is to support and strengthen an alternative self-concept that is … Continue reading

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Disaster Relief: Helping children during (and after) community traumatic events

An article for parents and caregivers by Colby Pearce, Clinical Psychologist, Secure Start®. Traumatic events include any adverse event that challenges, or overwhelms, a child’s normal feelings of safety and everyday coping capacity. Traumatic events often occur suddenly and without … Continue reading

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Foster and Kinship Care Training Curricula at Secure Start

At Secure Start we offer training based on the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care and the CARE Curriculum. Both curricula were developed by Colby Pearce, are based in psychological science, but are delivered in an accessible way. Both curricula inform … Continue reading

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Kinship CARE Project Update

The Kinship CARE Project has been extended to 2020. The Kinship CARE Project is a joint initiative of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) and Secure Start®. At the time of writing, and over the previous 18 months, Kinship CARE … Continue reading

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Addressing Trauma in the Early Learning Setting: The CARE Approach

Following the success of the resources for trauma-informed practice in early learning centres, I am pleased to advise of my new training workshop: Addressing Trauma in the Early Learning Setting: The CARE approach. Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma Fact Sheets for Early Learning Educators

I am pleased to be able to make available three fact sheets for early learning educators. Continue reading

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Why The CARE Therapeutic Framework?

The CARE Therapeutic Framework is a back-to-basics, strengths-based program that supports enrichment of therapeutic care environments for children who are recovering from relational trauma and other forms of early adversity, and their caregivers. Relational connection, wellbeing, and new learning (growth) … Continue reading

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Raising Kids Who Have High and Complex Needs – The Importance of Self Care

Self-care supports wellbeing that sustains us through tough times and our success in the task or role we are performing. Continue reading

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What is Attachment Disorder?

Over the last three decades, the term ‘attachment disorder’ has entered into common usage among professionals and carers who interact with children who display markedly disturbed and developmentally inappropriate relatedness to others. With greater awareness of the consequences of attachment … Continue reading

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