Indigenous and invisible

The following article was published in the September 2011 issue of the UK journal ‘Counselling Children & Young People’. It is a less academic version of another post on this blog. It was titled ‘Indigenous and Invisible’ by the editor. However the Indigenous children and young people in the community I work in are very much […]

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Defining art therapy

Author: Narelle Smith, 2005 What are the established definitions of art therapy, and what processes define art therapy? There is a lot of misconception amongst the general public about the aims of art therapy and the processes involved. There is also an increasing amount of interest by people employed in the helping professions to incorporate […]

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Play therapy

Author: Narelle Smith, 2009 Introduction Play therapy has been practiced in one form or another since the early 1900’s. Whilst children are regarded as the experts of play, play therapy practice has been the domain of psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. However, children in early childhood settings, schools, and homes, spend much of their day […]

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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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Reflections on social justice

The following article is an essay I wrote in 2010 at the end of my BA in Education. I had decided a few years before that I could not continue to train as a school teacher and converted my teaching degree to a BA. I was required to write the essay as if I was […]

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Family history, present, and future

Author: Narelle Smith, 2011 The television series, Faces of America (2010), was screened in Australia recently. The show was written and hosted by Dr Henry Louis Gates Jr. Dr Gates traced the family history of twelve prominent Americans. Dr Gates acknowledged his own anxiety, disappointment, and confusion about not being able to identify his great great grandfather, […]

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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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Domestic violence prevention

Author: Narelle Smith, 2008 Introduction Domestic violence is a widespread problem which affects every level of society and is a major impediment to the health, wellbeing, and economy of the nation. This paper looks at the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of domestic violence prevention for practitioners working in the community development field. Despite the prevalence of […]

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