Issue 121 Feb 2019

POSTCARDS – Sometimes to Send, Sometimes to Keep

The original purpose of developing POSTCARDS From Me to You was to provide residential care workers, carers, youth workers and young people with a simple, fun and meaningful way of communicating with each other. With a postcard they can send a message that can be kept on file, included in a young person’s life book or journal, or displayed on a wall, noticeboard or door. In these ways, Postcards become reminders of success, support, gratitude and other positive achievements and milestones. They create a positive connection between people, and when displayed, they add creative flair and help create a culture of caring within a school, family or residential care facility. In other words, the cards were designed to be given away. We even sell small, very affordable packs of replacement cards.

However, different ways of using POSTCARDS From Me to You are now emerging:

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Putting Conversations about Intimate Partner Violence on the Agenda

It’s time to de-bunk the myth that family violence is the problem of ‘that group of other people over there’. The statistics from a nine-year trend analysis of the database from the Victorian Family Violence Department of Justice (vol. 4), reveal that family violence occurs in all areas of society, regardless of location, socioeconomic and health status, age, culture, gender, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity or religion. The data also show that while anyone can be a victim or perpetrator of family violence, it is most likely to be committed by men against women, children and other vulnerable people.

Create conversations where everyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity can recognise abusive and respectful behaviour in an intimate partner relationship, and get closer to articulating what they want more of, what they are concerned about and what they want none of. MORE, CONCERN and NONE—these are the three suits in this new card set.

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Self-Care at Work: Giving, Receiving and Balance
In our work, regardless of the industry, we often find ourselves being pulled one way and another … both at the same time. How do we look after ourselves so that we don’t ‘snap’ in half?

Maybe it’s about balance.

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***Early learning Professionals***

St Luke’s Innovative Resources is named as a provider under Victorian State Government - school readiness funding.

School readiness funding is a new initiative of the Victorian State Department of Education and Training, designed to help children achieve their best at kindergarten.

Our products and training have been identified for inclusion on the Department’s menu. This means that we have been through a formal validation process that analysed our alignment to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, considered in the light of their evidence base.

Our new Early Learning Page can help you choose useful resources

Come and visit our stand at
ECLD conference in Perth at the end of March,
Early Childhood Education Conference - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in August  

Summertime Study (only a few days left to register and complete)

To entice our summertime learners we have taken a few snippits from Strengths Approach to Practice online course and compiled a short FREE introductory course. Enroll here and and take advantage of a discount coupon that you can apply to the full course registration.

Ponder the thought of studying when and where you choose.
Free course only available only until end of February.

Strengths Approach Practice Training

Support others to identify, celebrate and mobilise their strengths.

Why study online? 
  • More convenient
  • No travel expenses
  • More comfortable
  • Meet professional PD requirements outside of work time.

Look out for our live webinar series to support online courses—starting in 2019.
Note: Group enrollments available for all courses.

(Contact us for Special Group Pricing)



Latest Course Release
Also Available Online Pssst! - Coming very soon!
  • Intro to LGBTI Inclusive Practice (Recommended training to meet Rainbow Tick Standard 2.2)
The Rainbow Tick Standards are applicable to any organisation, regardless of industry, and support organisations to develop and implement inclusive practices for the LGBTI community.
Attend our strengths approach training and tools workshops.
In-person training is offered at our location in Bendigo, Victoria, with the possibility of additional locations in 2019.

20th March
Strengths Approach to Practice - 1 day (Includes a copy of the book The Strengths Approach 2nd Editon.)

21st March
Tools of the Trade - 1 day

Discount available for attending both days.

Calendar of events, more information and bookings.

Let us tailor training to suit the specific needs of your organisation or team. We will come to you!

Training in Strengths Approach, Supervision, Tools workshops, and Team Building are all adaptable to meet the needs of your team or organisation.

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Janelle's Story using Body Signals

One of the challenges I found when working with children and teens is linking emotions or feelings to the body and its physiological responses or sensations. I found that a lot of my clients in therapy were unable to articulate or identify the sensations they experienced. I was on the hunt for something fun and practical to help raise my clients’ awareness and be more attuned to their bodies. This is when I found the beautiful Body Signals cards. 
I have just launched an emotions and feelings intervention workbook for children and teens, and a major focus is linking the mind and body to support my clients with expressing and labelling their emotions. The Body Signals cards play a major part in this intervention workbook, and so far I have had amazing results where my clients are able to identify body signals when using the cards. 
I use the cards in conjunction with my own worksheets, where I have a blank body outline and a particular emotion listed at the top, and together, we go through all the Body Signals cards and map out the appropriate physiological sensations when that emotion is experienced. If you work with children and teens and want to add new resources to your toolkit, I highly recommend the Body Signals cards. 

Janelle Lorenzini
Principal Counsellor

Do You have a Story to Share?

We love to hear how our resources are used in your work. If you have a story to share, please let us know, and if your story is published in SOON you will receive a free card set.
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