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  • Choosing Strengths

    Choosing Strengths

    by Innovative Resources

    *Making good choices—could there be any more valuable life skill?* Everyone has strengths! Sometimes they are hidden and sometimes they shine like blazing lights. And sometimes, especially when things get tough, we may wonder where our strengths have gone! We may think of strengths as qualities we inherit (such as patience, resilience or kindness), resources we gather (such as a house, a computer or a car) or skills we learn as we journey through life (such as a profession or other skills and talents such as fixing an engine, growing...

  • Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Adoption

    Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma: Helping Children and Families in Foster Care, Kinship Care or Adoption

    by Joy Hendry and Anthea Hendry

    A burgeoning evidence base supports that arts, play and other creative therapies have potential to help children in foster care, kinship care or adoptive families to recover from complex trauma. Written by contributors working at the cutting edge of delivering effective therapeutic interventions, this innovative book describes models for working with children in foster care, kinship care or adoption. Covering how to assess needs and contextual considerations for working with children and families, this book presents a range of creative therapeutic approaches spanning art psychotherapy, music therapy and dance therapy. It...

  • Deepspeak Cards

    Deepspeak Cards

    by Innovative Resources

    *The world according to you* *Questions for opening up dynamic conversations with young people* Anyone who spends time with young people can use Deep Speak to build rich conversations about some of life's big questions... and some of the little quirky ones as well! This is an engaging and thought-provoking resource for educators, mental health workers, chaplains, youth workers and anyone employed in juvenile justice. Deep Speak is a set of 120 question cards, each one pertinent to the issues that absorb young people as they deal with relationships, identity, emotions,...

  • Feelings Bingo

    Feelings Bingo

    by Safe4Kids

    Help increase and reinforce children’s feelings vocabulary by playing Feelings Bingo, each set contains 32 game boards. *Instructions:* Each player is given a game board and six counters (counters not included) Consecutive feelings are selected randomly (from the feelings card pack- not included) or from the back of one of the boards. Players identify the feelings and place a counter on the matching feeling or using a white- board marker, mark with a cross (marker not included) if pictured on their game board The first player...

  • Kids Needs… Parenting Cards for Families and the People who Work With Them

    Kids Needs… Parenting Cards for Families and the People who Work With Them

    by Mark Hamer

    What is the difference between children's 'needs' and children's 'wants'? How should parents respond to the changing demands of their children? Do different children need the same things? Kids Need..., an attractively illustrated set of cards and instruction booklet, is an innovative tool for practitioners involved in the assessment of children in need. Designed to fit the British government's 'common assessment framework' for the assessment of children in need, these cards present a creative and distinctive approach to assessing parenting and working with families and carers to explore perceptions of what...

  • More Creative Coping Skills for Children: Activities, Games, Stories and Handouts to Help Children Self-Regulate

    More Creative Coping Skills for Children: Activities, Games, Stories and Handouts to Help Children Self-Regulate

    by Bonnie Thomas

    This collection of fun and adaptable activities, games, stories and handouts is a complete resource for supporting children coping with stress and difficult emotions. From engaging arts and crafts, to interactive stories and relaxing meditations, all the interventions and activities are thematically structured so that each chapter contains the means for building specific skills or overcoming behavioral issues. Each chapter contains suggested goals, positive affirmations and photocopiable handouts to enable a child to continue practising and learning new life skills outside of sessions with parents or professionals. The activities in this...

  • Riding the Black Cockatoo

    Riding the Black Cockatoo

    by John Danalis

    John Danalis tells his personal journey toward understanding Indigenous Australians in Riding the Black Cockatoo. As a mature-aged student studying ‘Indigenous Writing’, Danalis mentions the Aboriginal skull christened ‘Mary’ that his parents kept on the mantle-piece while he was growing up. Painted yellow to keep it from cracking and used occasionally as a cigarette holder, the skull was one of many artefacts his father collected as a keepsake. The expressions of shock that this revelation causes amongst the students in his writing class, gives Danalis cause for reflection. Determined to...

  • Stones …have feelings too! Find a stone for every emotion and learn to talk about feelings

    Stones …have feelings too! Find a stone for every emotion and learn to talk about feelings

    by Innovative Resources

    Remember picking up a stone or pebble because there was just something about it? Well, here’s a whole quarry of quirky, engaging, happy, sad, afraid, shy, joyful and just plain outrageous 'stone' characters, specially created for building a feelings vocabulary! Describing feelings is at the heart of emotional literacy and therapeutic work. Yet, sometimes people interpret feelings very differently. Each card in this set features a stone on one side, and three words on the reverse to describe the emotion shown. Hey, that stone seems to be quivering: is he...

  • Stress Less

    Stress Less

    by Matthew Johnstone

    Experiencing stress is a normal part of being human, but in our increasingly complex and fast-paced world, our stress levels can interfere with our enjoyment of life, including through anxiety, lack of energy, sleeplessness, muscle tension and irritation. What many might not know is that in large doses, ongoing stress is considered to be a contributing factor to instances of cancer, heart disease and stroke. In StressLess, clinical psychologist Dr Michael Player and bestselling author-illustrator Matthew Johnstone use their own experience to help you recognise stress in your day-to-day life and...

  • Symbols

    Symbols

    by Innovative Resources

    Symbols evoke profound emotions and memories, often without our making rational or conscious connections. They surround us and they help navigate through life, providing short cuts to understandings, ideas and feelings. In a therapeutic relationship, the use of visual images can assist a client to get in touch with otherwise inaccessible personal realities. Symbols is a set of cards featuring 100 hand-drawn, iconic images that have resonance for people grappling with the big questions in life. Some of the symbols evoke difficulties and challenges (Knot, Hourglass, Question Mark, Gravestone). Others bring to...

  • The Art of Wellbeing: Joyous living inspired by nature

    The Art of Wellbeing: Joyous living inspired by nature

    by Meredith Gaston

    The new illustrated collection of inspirational meditations, inspiring words and plant-based recipes from bestselling author Meredith Gaston. Building on her uplifting philosophy of thankfulness and gratitude for what we have and enjoy, Meredith shows us how to live well and enjoy a healthy life in her highly anticipated new book, The Art of Wellbeing. Divided into four chapters – Nourish, Comfort, Energise and Blossom – Meredith takes the reader on a beautiful journey to find peace, calm, vitality and healthfulness. Through restorative, plant-based recipes, meditations, yoga practice and other healthful ideas,...

  • Tricky Teens

    Tricky Teens

    by Andrew Fuller

    Tricky Teens: How to create a great relationship with your teen without going crazy! Provides parents with a step-by-step guide to understanding what is really going on in the minds of their teenagers – and why; handling common conflict situations faced by every family with a teenager and successfully navigating common difficulties; creating a relatively peaceful happy family environment; and raising your teens so that they can successfully leave home, get a job and become wonderful adults. Tricky Teens is Andrew Fuller’s follow up to the acclaimed and hugely successful...