Exploring Shame with Michael Derby – an interview

Posted: 10/05/2022

This month we launch our latest resource – Exploring Shame – a game changer for therapists, counsellors, carers and teachers. We talk with lead author Michael Derby on his motivation for producing the resource.   1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself …Read more

Can Bears and Meerkats be Friends?

Posted: 10/05/2022

Maybe not in the wilds of nature. But in the wild world of our feelings many unexpected things can go together. Look inside on any typical day and you may notice a swirling mix of emotions and body signals. The limitations of language mean …Read more

Exploring Shame – a preview

Posted: 12/04/2022

Shame is a common emotion experienced by almost everyone at some point, it can feel painful and uncomfortable. Shame can erode our sense of self, creating feelings of humiliation, embarrassment or unworthiness. It can also lead to harmful or destructive behaviours and yet we …Read more

The Ideas Bank

Posted: 18/03/2022

Getting the most out of your card set? Many of the Innovative Resources card sets have an accompanying Ideas Bank – a quick list of things to try in different settings. So whether you need a handy quick reference, a nudge or some inspiration, …Read more

Steal like an artist…or a social worker, or a teacher?

Posted: 15/03/2022

Over the weekend I read Austin Kleon’s book, Steal like an artist, in which he says that creative people are excellent burglars. He reckons they steal everything—ideas, structures, techniques and inspiration. This is not plagiarism because they take the ideas of others and remix …Read more

Creating happy families with 3Cs and everywhere learning

Posted: 15/02/2022

What can parents and carers do to create a strengths-based, nurturing environment for their children to play, learn and grow? The team from the Bendigo Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) have a few tips and tricks. Here are their top three …Read more

How to create a team self-care plan

Posted: 25/01/2022

The importance of self-care Even the most experienced and skilled professionals can feel overwhelmed and heartbroken when hearing people’s stories of trauma and loss. When you work in a role that involves supporting other people—like social work, teaching, healthcare, childcare or counselling—self-care is fundamentally …Read more

A trusted resource -Tell A Trusted Adult!

Posted: 25/01/2022

Over two years in the making, Tell A Trusted Adult is now a trusted resource for having conversations with children about protective behaviours and safety. It includes 35 cards focussing on body signals—13 matched pairs and 9 activity cards—plus a 60-page booklet with loads of …Read more

Why celebrating successes is important to our mental health

Posted: 08/11/2021

We are becoming an increasingly outcome-driven society. For many of us, our lives are dominated by KPIs, meeting targets, ticking boxes and writing endless reports. While accountability is important, the pressures around this often mean that we feel relieved rather than proud or excited …Read more

Talking about shame—why it can be a game changer

Posted: 08/11/2021

Researcher, Brené Brown, calls shame the ‘master emotion’ because it is present in almost every experience of trauma, disempowerment and exclusion. Whether we have caused someone else harm, someone has caused us harm or we are experiencing mental health issues, shame is the voice …Read more

Creative ideas for capturing the voice of the child

Posted: 10/09/2021

Many of us who have worked with children have grappled with how we can effectively include the perspective and voice of children in our planning and program development. We know it is important and valuable but how do we do it well? And how …Read more

Managing Anxiety

Posted: 09/09/2021

We have all experienced anxiety at some time or another. For many of us, it feels unpleasant, uneasy, uncomfortable and sometimes scary. It comes in many different forms and no two people will experience it in the same way. It can even look different at different …Read more

Why is early literacy so important?

Posted: 09/08/2021

As early literacy can be a predictor of educational attainment, earnings, health and social outcomes later in life, it is really important that we support parents and carers to build their child’s literacy.  But what do we mean when we talk about ‘literacy’? Literacy …Read more

Building strengths literacy

Posted: 09/08/2021

We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only cultures from other countries—but also the different mini-cultures found in families, schools, communities and workplaces. Each of these cultures may emphasise different strengths—for example, ‘standing out’ may be admired in one setting, while in another, ‘blending …Read more