Child abuse and neglect in Australia 

Recent research conducted by the University of South Australia’s Centre for Child Protection shows the staggeringly high number of children being reported to child protection authorities in Australia, and of those being reported 90 per cent have multiple reports being made about “incredibly concerning” abuse and neglect. Professor Arney said authorities needed to respond to…

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Does your inner child need some play time?

What do you do that is playful, open ended and full of joy? In my experience, connecting with the inner child needs a few foundation- conditions to be in place…. For me these are: Feeling safe – no one is criticising or judging me, I can’t ‘fail’, I’m not scared of making a mess or…

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It matters! Arts and culture for kids

“The arts and culture are not an add-on, or a nice-to-have, but are part of the fabric of our society, and that young people have a right to experience the best, and to be given the opportunity to make their own contribution to the continual reshaping of our civilization. We must celebrate our successes, build…

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First year of business – 10 ways being a first time business owner is like being a first time parent*

Its my one year bizversary!! One year this month since I said goodbye to my full-time day job and made the leap into self-employment. Oh boy has it been a wild ride! To celebrate I have a bunch of coaching and art therapy offers at cwaaaaazy sale prices, AND I have a blog post a…

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An Art Therapy Career in Trauma Informed Care

I took my first intro to Art Therapy Class and it was like such a great fit and kind of like a calling. This week  (March 13-19) is Creative Arts Therapies Week. To celebrate here is an interview with Board Certified US based art therapist Gretchen Miller about her career to date, specialising particularly in the use…

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Painting takes the pain away

Art therapy has an important role to play in hospitals for children and adults. In this article I speak with a friend Penny whose daughter was receiving medical treatment over many months, about their experience of play therapy in an Australian hospital.   “Often, children are unable to verbally express what they are feeling; thus, in play therapy…

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