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Metaphor: the beating heart of communication

03/10/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.’ (https://www.grammarly.com/blog/metaphor/) Once upon a time, in a land far away (to use a metaphor to …Read more

Scrapbooking Strengths

03/10/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Remember the scrapbooks we had as kids? Or the many photo albums with pages of images of family and friends—including relatives we never knew? Scrapbooks don’t have to consist only of photos—they can also include drawings, diagrams, funny stories, a piece of material from …Read more

The Power and Purpose behind ‘Next Steps’

15/09/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Every step we take follows another. Every step we take precedes another. The smallest shifts—doing some dishes, putting something away, stopping something, starting something, taking a shower—can all be significant events on a continuum of ‘next steps’, representing our unique pathways through life. ‘A …Read more

Using ‘Paperworks’ in Strengths-based Practice

31/08/2017 - Posted by Georgena

All of the tools published by Innovative Resources have grown out of, or are compatible with, strengths-based practice. Also known as the ‘strengths approach’, this is a way of working that focusses primarily on strengths and hopeful possibilities. It does not ignore difficulties or challenges but the …Read more

Journalling as a Therapeutic Tool

31/08/2017 - Posted by Georgena

In 1990 James Pennebaker from the United States of America conducted some of the earliest and most significant research into the use of journalling as a therapeutic tool. He found that for journalling to have physical and emotional health benefits, people needed to not …Read more

Choosing Strengths

28/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

The profound and very simple belief at the core of strengths-based practice is that everyone has strengths. What are our strengths and where do they come from? These two questions have fascinated philosophers, psychologists and everyday thinkers for centuries. At first glance many of …Read more

Note to Self : Potential

28/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Potential is commonly though of as one’s capacity for achievement. We’ve all heard talk of rising stars in the sporting arena; their limitless talent and ‘huge potential’ paving the way to unprecedented success. Note to Self invites us to think of potential more broadly …Read more

How Parents can use ‘Anxiety Solutions for Kids’

06/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  Some situations can be particularly strong triggers for anxious thoughts and feelings in children such as on the way to kinder or school and when the parent leaves (separation anxiety) or when a routine is interrupted (such as a change of teacher), or …Read more

The Gift of Noticing Children’s Strengths

05/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Children thrive when their strengths are valued. Often, the weight of a ‘problem’ can lift considerably when we think of it as a strength yet to be developed. For these reasons many family counsellors, welfare coordinators and support workers encourage parents and carers to …Read more

Noticing and Celebrating the Rich Heritage of Indigenous Languages

05/07/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  The first week in July is NAIDOC Week here in Australia—a time dedicated to celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year (2017) the celebrations are entitled Our Languages Matter and they are focussed on the unique and essential …Read more

The Worlds in Which We Live

14/06/2017 - Posted by Georgena

How easily we can forget that each person’s world is unique and even in the closest of relationships there will be differences in perspective, taste, reactions and desires. This is especially so within the world of home. Parents, partners and children can forget that …Read more

Baby Behaviours

14/06/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Babies may cry, smile, cling, protest their carer’s departure, greet their carer, be frightened, explore, be curious, play and demonstrate many more behaviours. Many of these behaviours change as babies and toddlers develop; until eight weeks of age, a baby will cry as a …Read more

Deep Speak

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

  One of the consistent complaints by youth is that adults do not listen to them—they don’t mean passive hearing, but active listening and understanding. Youth discern very quickly whether people are genuine. If they are listened to and responded to with respect they …Read more

Going Ahead in Tweaks and Bounds

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Central to all models of life coaching is the belief that people have a capacity to change their own lives. This capacity can be diminished or constrained by many factors, both internal and external to the person. Change can come from many different places, …Read more

Reflexions – a Tool for Young People

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘The value of Reflexions is found in its ability to build … conversations in new and existing directions.’(Reflexions booklet, p8) Innovative Resources’ cards can act as ‘conversational prompts’. That is, when used in conversations with other people, they can suggest pathways of communication that …Read more

The Power of Symbols

01/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘We are surrounded by symbols. They are present in every facet of our existence. At a practical level, they point us in the right direction, they issue caution, they give us choices, and they limit our choices.     Symbols are necessary to navigate …Read more

Life is a Circus—But What About Our Teams?

28/04/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘Metaphor has a paradoxical power. It distances an experience by equating it with something else, but in so doing actually brings that experience closer.’ James Geary, ‘The Secret Life of Metaphor’, Ode Magazine, Spring 2011, p. 55 Human language is alive with metaphor. Not …Read more

Wellbeing in Schools

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

In March I had great pleasure in attending the inaugural Wellbeing Australia conference in Cairns. What made it special was the inspiration and passion shown by so many teachers and wellbeing officers towards the children—and extending further to the parents and the broader school …Read more

Anxiety Solutions for Kids

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

For most people, feelings of worry or anxiety happen every now and then and are part of a healthy emotional range. Such feelings can serve us well by warning us of potential danger and helping us ‘gear up’ for performance. However, sometimes these feelings …Read more