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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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DrumBeat

The DrumBeat programme was written by the Holyoake organisation in Western Australia

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Hearts for Healthy Relationships

Hearts for Healthy Relationships was a project that I initiated in 2009. At the time I was facilitating a craft group for parents, and I wanted a gentle way to start talking about family violence. One in four families experience family violence, and it costs the Australian economy $13 billion per year. The following heart […]

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An artful tale

The following article was published in the December 2011 issue of the British journal “Counselling Children and Young People” under the title “An Artful Tale”. Many thanks to the editor Eleanor Patrick. Narelle Smith takes us on a (sometimes humorous) tour of her expressive arts groupwork at the local primary school. In 2005, I studied a […]

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When We Were Kids project

In 2009, I received a small funding grant from the local council to facilitate a community project. I called the project “When We Were Kids…” The project involved inviting people who live, work, and play, in the community I work in to tell stories of their childhood. Workshops were held at the local community centre, and participants related stories […]

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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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From theory to practice: Teaching social and emotional skills

Second Step is a social and emotional learning programme created by the Committee for Children in the United States. Second Step has been written for preschool children through to Year 5 students. Second Step provides the opportunity for students to reflect on issues that affect them and generate their own solutions in a group environment. […]

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