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‘POSTcards’ a Hit in Residential Services

Posted: 14/06/2019

We really appreciate stories from people who use our resources. This year at Resi Rocks, a professional development day for residential workers in Victoria, hosted by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, I had the pleasure of hearing about POSTcards from …Read more

Exploring ‘Organisational White Privilege’

Posted: 26/09/2018

The Bendigo Reconciliation Committee has developed a FREE resource for mainstream community organisations to explore the issue of ‘organisational white privilege’. The development of this resource grew out of a Conversation Circle arranged by the Bendigo Reconciliation Committee (BRC) and member agencies during the …Read more

Life as a Patchwork Quilt

Posted: 28/06/2016

A mental health diagnosis is only one part of a person’s narrative, says TAFE teacher and social services professional, Ava Freeland. Using A Patchwork Life I’ve been using Innovative Resources’ A Patchwork Life cards at the beginning of my lessons as an icebreaker. I …Read more

Supervision and the art of questioning

Posted: 10/06/2016

At any given moment in a supervision session, we may find ourselves wondering, ‘What is the most useful question I could ask right now?’ From a strengths-based, social constructionist perspective, what we perceive as real and important is not compelled by objective conditions but …Read more

Are we making a difference?

Posted: 20/05/2016

This was the ‘Top 8’ topic for a recent session held with Anglicare Vic workers at St Luke’s.  It highlights the importance of self-reflection and how simple, but rich it can be to provide opportunities for social workers to talk about their work, and …Read more

As a Parent I Wonder…

Posted: 20/05/2016

There are so many things I wonder about as a parent. I have to admit that right now in my life words like ‘parenting’ and ‘family’ and ‘home’ are like giant, shape-changing, meg-clouds of steaming immensity. S’cuse the hyperbole. For me, they have more …Read more

The Simplicity of a Paper Tool

Posted: 19/05/2016

Even though the word for paper comes from papyros, Ancient Greek for the Cyperus papyrus plant, the invention of the paper industry is most often credited to a Chinese court official, Ts’ai Lun, in 105 AD. Now all these many centuries later, we still …Read more

Acts of Everyday Kindness

Posted: 13/05/2016

Acts of everyday kindness are all around us. They can come in the form of a kind word, a helping hand, a nod of appreciation, an encouraging smile, a story, a wave, a letter, a gentle caution, a friendly visit or a meal shared. …Read more

From Here to There… (Simple is best)

Posted: 18/03/2016

Simple is often best. Even the word makes me sigh with relief. But have you noticed that it sometimes takes a whole lot of complication to get there? For example, you read a book or see a painting. Perhaps the painting is composed of …Read more

Sometimes learning can be magical!

Posted: 09/02/2016

Sometimes the magic comes with bells and whistles, like a loud, colourful circus and we sit enthralled as the magicians mesmerise us and do the seemingly impossible. But perhaps, more often, the magic is in the mundane, ordinary, everyday events that we so easily …Read more

Strengths in Circles

Posted: 13/08/2015

CIRCLES APPROACHES What are circle approaches, and how are they used? The use of circles in groups is timeless and is an integral part of many indigenous cultures.  Circles approaches aim to maximise participation in groups by creating safe spaces for participants to talk honestly and be …Read more