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  • The holiday season: children in care

    Mary Utter is ACT Group’s resident art therapist who trains, consults and educates carers, workers, teachers and directly with children, primarily in the out of home care sector. She shares some possible ways to make the holiday period a positive one for children, particularly in out of home care. In art therapy, you’re using the […]

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  • Problem solving with a new lens

    As the respected book designer Chip Kidd stated, “The best solution can usually be found in the best definition of the problem itself”. In a world full of books, how do you innovate to appeal to a new audience? You reframe the challenge through a new lens For over a year, we have been forward […]

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  • Manga’s Story

    Abuse at the hands of people working in care has been rife throughout history, and ironically and sadly, there are so many accounts of abuse that we often forget the individuals who have suffered at the hands of it. As many accounts of child abuse find their way out into the public during the proceeds […]

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  • Reform and innovation in the out of home care sector – what are your thoughts?

    I have noticed over the past few months that there are great efforts being made across Australia to better track the outcomes for infants, children and young people who find themselves in care because of cumulative harm or abuse. Both government and Non-government organisations appear to be making real efforts to shift from simply putting […]

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  • Meet Matilda, the ACT Group Therapy Dog!

    There has been a new addition to the team here at ACT Group: Matilda the Therapy Dog (although strictly speaking, we should say Therapy Pup in Training)! Matilda is a “groodle” – a golden retriever crossed with a poodle – who will be trained to be ACT Group’s official Therapy Dog in the months and […]

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  • Trauma & Sensory Integration: The Egg & the Chicken

    The consequences of trauma are many, for both adults and children. This interesting insight is from Odelya Gertel Kraybill Ph.D. into how trauma can affect children’s day-to-day functioning. Few adults understand how trauma silently handicaps some children in day-to-day functioning that appears to have nothing to do with trauma. As an adult who struggled in […]

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