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Issue 123 April 2019

A Stone in hand

Nearly every child has at some point felt the satisfaction of carrying a stone of the right shape and weight in his or her pocket. As adults we may still do so, perhaps having been gifted it by a child on a bush walk. Such stones act as both keepsakes and ways of reliving a special moment or place.

Stones, imbued with culture, history, folk-lore, language, art and ceremony have long been considered useful tools in both educational and therapeutic work, as tactile metaphors to describe human differences.


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Celebrating diversity in early primary using stones

Stones play such an iconic role in human life. They are used in art, games, gardens, buildings. They are carved, shaped and stacked. They are imbued with stories, meaning, healing powers and identity. Perhaps this is why stones and stone metaphors can be so useful in educational and therapeutic settings.
The following ideas are based on a range of classroom activities developed by an early primary teacher using stones and the stone metaphor. Her intention was to create a program of activities that would celebrate diversity and build empathy and inclusion.


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Serious about self-care

Looking 'inside' work

Real, effective, self-care plans need to look ‘inside’ the work we do. They need to include strategies that relate to the work being done and the people who are doing it, such as a commitment to reflective practice. Just as vicarious trauma can be a ‘transformative’ experience, where we are ‘changed’, usually for the worst, by our experience of the problems faced by the people we support (Saakvitne & Pearlman,1996), we need to see how an experience of work can be also be transformative in a way that benefits us and helps us cope. 

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Antidotes to anxiety 

For many of us, anxiety sucks. It feels unpleasant, it’s uneasy, uncomfortable and sometimes scary. It comes in so many different forms and no two people will experience it in the same way. Sometimes, it comes in different forms, at different times, and in different situations, for the same person! It’s unpredictable. It can arise when we are stressed or relaxed. It can arise out of the blue. It can be rational or irrational. Sometimes, we are anxious about little things while being fine with genuinely scary things.

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No Room for Family Violence
A resource for putting conversations about intimate partner violence on the agenda

Violence is about power and control. It about how we touch, talk and treat each other. It can show up in many ways including our attitudes to gender, sex, finances, friends, culture, family, freedom, decision-making and roles. These 30 cards will assist young people and adults to recognise abusive and respectful behaviour by inviting conversations about what they want More of, None of, and what Concerns them in intimate partner relationships. Time for open conversations about this in schools, sporting clubs and community groups, as well as in specialist family services.

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