Tag Archives: early intervention

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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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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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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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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