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Cool Kids don’t worry!

The following article was published in the March 2014 edition of the UK  journal ‘Counselling Children & Young People’. Narelle Smith uses the Cool Kids programme in Australia to address anxiety with groups of children and parents. A few years ago, I spent time deputising as team leader of an early intervention programme for families. In every family […]

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Interested in studying infant mental health?

The study of infant mental health is such a hot topic at the moment. The advances in neuroscience coupled with the vast body of research into and clinical experience on attachment theory provide a strong emphasis on the importance of early childhood. The School of Infant Mental Health in London is offering an online diploma […]

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Talking about Triple P

On Tuesday 18th September 2012, I presented at the Triple P Practitioners Development Day in Sydney NSW. For the past 12 months I have been facilitating Triple P groups (Positive Parenting Program) on a regular basis and exploring the support needs of parents during the group programme and after completion of the group. Below is […]

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Superior parenting

There has been a lot of interest in an article circulating in the media about the difference between French and American parents. The article is titled “Why French Parents are Superior” by Pamela Druckerman and can be accessed here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204740904577196931457473816.html. Dr Laura Markham provided a lengthy critique on the article http://www.ahaparenting.com/_blog/Parenting_Blog/post/Are_French_Parents_Better_or_Do_They_Just_Spank_More/ As a family worker, […]

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Bullying in early childhood settings

Author: Narelle Smith, 2005 When I wrote this essay in 2005, there were very few articles on bullying prevention and intervention in early childhood settings. Since writing this essay, I have taught the Second Step programme to preschool, and I have found that the programme supports a prosocial atmosphere in the preschool environment.     Many parents cite […]

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The prevention and early intervention of conduct disorder

Author: Narelle Smith, 2005 The DSM-IV-TR classifies Conduct Disorder under the Disruptive Behaviour Disorders alongside Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The diagnostic criteria for Conduct disorder is a repetitive and persistent pattern of behaviour which violates the basic rights of other people or society’s norms and rules (American Psychiatric Association, 2000, cited in […]

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