Attachment-based Practice with Adults: Understanding strategies and promoting positive change by Clark Baim and Tony Morrison

Attachment theory is fundamental to understanding people and to relationship-based work; it provides a coherent narrative which is central to wellbeing.

This guide offers a theoretically coherent, practice-based account of the application of attachment theory for practitioners working with troubled and troubling adults. The interactive workbook includes tools and other resources to assist frontline practitioners who want to use a relationship-based, attachment-informed approach.

The approach presented in this guide speaks to diverse professions and modalities, and it can be used in a multidisciplinary environment by both adult and children’s services practitioners. It can be used by individuals, teams, co-workers, supervisors, teachers and trainers to reflect on and improve the preparation, use and support of attachment thinking in practice.

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Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work: Developing Trauma-Informed Practice for Working with Children, Adolescents and Young Adults by Richard Rose

Therapeutic Life Story Work is an approach designed to enable traumatised children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future by strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing.

This new edited volume documents innovative ways in which Therapeutic Life Story Work has been developed. The book draws on the work of nine organisations implementing Therapeutic Life Story Work across the world, and it provides understanding and guidance for those working with children who have experienced trauma

The book illustrates current theory and practice and looks at how the approach is being used in a variety of settings including schools, intensive services, youth justice, out of home care and post-adoption support, highlighting its versatility. The importance of trauma-informed practice when working with vulnerable children is emphasised throughout, to help practitioners provide the best for the children in their care.

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All About Me book

All About Me books are designed to be specifically for the child, allows you to add photos and for the child to add their information.

Author Richard Rose says: ”I have completed hundreds of these books and can recommend them as a way to capture the current thinking and feelings of the child who produces it.”

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Choosing Positive Paths

Choosing Positive Paths is a series of fact sheets to help mothers, other protective parents and/or carers, respond to children affected by family violence at different ages and stages, from infants to adolescents. The information is also helpful for a range of professionals who work with families.

The Choosing Positive Paths resource kit is a joint initiative of Women’s Health West and Berry Street and is based on a resource developed with community participants in 2003. The fact sheets have been re-written to reflect changes in legislation, policy and practice since their original release in 2003.

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The HEARTCORE book combines the unique stories and poems of Berry Street school students with their interpretation as street art murals by leading international contemporary and street artist, Kaff-eine.

The result is a compelling and visually stunning collection, which gives an honest and insightful view of the lives of the vulnerable young people with whom we work.

All proceeds from the sale of the HEARTCORE book will support Berry Street’s work with children and young people.

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  • Book - $40.00

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Raising the Bar

Strengthening the Role of Foster and Kinship Carers in the Education of Children in their Care

Children in foster and kinship care face a number of challenges and education is one of them. When their school attendance is poor, or they become disengaged from classes, it can impact on their lives in many different ways. Underachievement in education is closely linked with future unemployment, homelessness and poor mental and physical health. However, educational support can have a significant and positive impact on a young person’s life, and make a real difference to who they become. The aim of this manual is to provide information and resources for foster and kinship care staff which can be included in their support and supervision of carers framework. Many of the references, tip sheets and checklists will also be helpful for carers.

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Raising the Bar Resource Pack - $30.00

  • Raising the Bar manual
  • Check lists
  • Tip sheets
  • Education plan templates

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Solving the Foster Care Conundrum: A Call to Action

by Anita Pell

In 2008 Anita Pell was awarded a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship, funded by the Jack Brockhoff foundation, to explore best practice across three countries on the Recruitment and Retention of foster carers. At a time when more foster carers are leaving the system and the number of children in care continues to rise, there is a sense of urgency to address this crisis. Anita’s learnings highlighted what it means for foster care in Australia. The Monograph is a summary of her learnings, but more importantly it is a Call to Action for a better system of caring for our most vulnerable children in foster care.

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Solving the Foster Care Conundrum Printed Booklets - $15.00

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Siblings are Forever - A1 Poster

Relationships with siblings are often the longest relationships in our lives. Berry Street is committed to promoting children’s rights to maintain these relationships while in care. We encourage you to display our posters as an ongoing reminder of the important issue.

  • 'Siblings are Forever' A1 Poster - $5.00 each
  • P&P per tube (1-6 Posters) - $10.00

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Attune: Thinking about the impact of family violence on the mother, the child and their relationship

A guide for practitioners
This DVD aims to help practitioners to discuss the impact of family violence on children with their mothers and to talk about how family violence affects their relationship with their children.

This training resource contains eight short films. Each offers a segment of role play depicting an initial meeting between a specialist family violence practitioner and a mother after a recent incident of violence by the children’s father.

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Boys and Violence Literature Review

In 2011, Berry Street commissioned an international literature review of programs aimed at helping boys to break the cycle of family violence.

This report focuses on research about programs for boys between the ages of 8 and 18, with emphasis on groupwork approaches. The report emphasises programs for boys who have direct or indirect experience of violence in the home, and/or boys who show signs of developing violent behaviour themselves.

The report explores and makes recommendations regarding options for developing interventions to prevent and reduce violence amongst boys aged between 8 and 18 years of age.

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  • Full report $15.00
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Early Learning is Fun

Since June 2009, we have been working in partnership with Foundation House on a project that brings into sharp focus the resettlement experiences of refugee communities. We are working with the leaders from the Sudanese, Afghan and Karen communities to develop culturally appropriate resources and strategies for ELF with the aim of:
  • Increased participation of refugee families in early years universal services
  • Increased awareness in refugee families about the importance of investing in the early years
  • Increased access to culturally inclusive bilingual resources
  • Raised awareness in the universal service system of the needs of refugee families

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  • I Want To Go To The Museum! - $10.00

By the South Sudanese ELF Play and Learn Group:
  • Learning Together - $10.00
  • I Can Read Everywhere - $10.00

By the Afghan ELF Play and Learn Group:
  • I Love Playgroup $10.00

By the Morwell ELF Play and Learn Group:
  • My Hands - $10.00

By St Mary's Primary School:
  • We Can Read with Everyone - $10.00

By the St Gerard’s Primary School Playgroup:
  • At the Library - $10.00

By Lalor East Primary School:
  • Family - $10.00

By the Karen ELF Play and Learn Group:
  • Our Garden - $10.00
  • At the Pool - $10.00
  • The Rabbit and the Moon - $10.00

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Fostering Hope Worker Resource

The Fostering Hope Worker Resource was developed by the Berry Street Take Two Practice Development and Training Team and Australian Childhood Foundation.

Through the incorporation of case studies, tip sheets, reflective activities and training/facilitation information, this manual aims to support foster care staff to promote therapeutic principles in their day-to-day work with carers.

The material in the Manual complements the key messages of the Fostering Hope training delivered to staff and foster carers between 2011 and 2013.

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I Care 2 Training and Support for Sons and Daughters of Carers

‘I Care 2’ is a training and support packages for sons and daughters of carers. These children and young people are integrally involved in the fostering experience.

The program is designed to provide fun and interactive learning experiences and a safe space to explore their caring experience.

In building the capacity and resilience of these young people, we in turn build capacity of the broader caring system. We also know that where there has been a positive family experience of fostering, many of these young people may become future carers.

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  • I Care 2 Training and Support for Sons and Daughters of Carers $80.00 each

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Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children: A model for Practice by Richard Rose

Life Story Therapy is an approach designed to enable children to explore, question and understand the past events of their lives. It aims to secure their future through strengthening attachment with their carers and providing the opportunity to develop a healthy sense of self and a feeling of wellbeing.

This comprehensive overview lays out the theory underlying life story therapy, including an accessible explanation of contemporary research in neurobiology and trauma. Featuring tried and tested ideas, with tools and templates illustrated through instructive case studies, the author identifies how life story therapy can be implemented in practice. Finally, the relationships between life story therapy and traditional ‘talking’ therapies are explored.

Life Story Therapy with Traumatized Children is essential reading for those working with children and adolescents, including social workers, teachers, child psychotherapists, residential care staff, long-term carers, psychologists and other professionals.

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Making Tracks: A trauma informed framework for Aboriginal Young People Leaving Care

These resources were developed as part of the “Aboriginal Young People Leaving Care” project, funded by DHS. They provide a trauma-informed framework to assist workers supporting Aboriginal young people leaving care to form and sustain positive relationships, have a positive identity, learn, work and enjoy life. The framework reflects an understanding of not only the too common experiences for these young people of trauma through abuse and neglect, but also of their too rarely acknowledged strengths and resilience in the face of these experiences.

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  • Download the Key Messages Practice Guide - free of charge

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Mindful Co-working by Clark Baim

Transform and enhance your working relationships through mindful co-working.

By helping workers become more attuned to their colleagues, mindful co-working decreases the pressure and stress of competition from working relationships to make them both more enjoyable and more effective.

This indispensable guide to co-working is required reading for anyone who wants to work confidently with colleagues - and enjoy it!

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Reading Without Limits

Imagine a classroom where all students are engaged in highly rigorous and fun learning every single day. That classroom can be yours starting tomorrow.

Reading Without Limits the first book offered in the KIPP Educator Series, shares practical teaching strategies that build independent readers for life. I know that you share my conviction that all kids deserve a top quality education, which is why I would love your help spreading the word. Reading Without Limits is a great resource for K-12 teachers and school administrators. Reading Without Limits was written on the shoulders of giants. I'm so grateful for teachers who have the hardest and greatest job. I want to particularly thank the staffs of KIPP Infinity in New York and Parkville College in Melbourne, Australia. Both staffs are working wonders with their students.

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Turtle Program

The Turtle Program is a free and confidential therapeutic program for children, adolescents and mothers after family violence. The program offers regular opportunities for children and their mothers to make sense of the impact of violence upon their relationship in a safe and playful environment.

Our logo: Turtles are resilient animals that carry their secure base with them. A turtle represents our working goal of fostering safety and security in mother-child relationships after family violence. We recognise also in our work that change takes time, hence the importance of setting a slow and steady pace.

The ‘Together : Strengthening the bond between mums and kids’© booklet is a resource that the Turtle Program developed in 2011 with funding from a University of Melbourne Knowledge Partnership Grant. The colour booklet is for mothers and children to read together as they heal from trauma.

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  • Booklet - $10.00
  • Brochure - free of charge (Each booklet comes with the brochure)

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Yarning up on Trauma

Yarning Up on Trauma has been designed to assist people in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community organisations who work with vulnerable children and families to understand historical and present day trauma. Workers are encouraged to recognise and deal with traumas of their own, as well as those of the children and families they work with.

Whilst this book was originally written for the Aboriginal Communities within Victoria who were participating in Yarning Up On Trauma training, it has subsequently been used in Communities in other Australian states and territories. We anticipate that those wanting to learn more about trauma and attachment disruption from a cultural perspective will find this book useful.

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The resource guide accompanies the training and can be purchased separately for:
  • 1 - 10: $15.00 each
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Small Talk Resources

These resources relate to a research study called Small Talk which explored the speech and language issues for children who had experienced abuse or neglect.

The study included an exploration of whether children’s speech and language developmental needs, including hearing, were able to be recognised by those working with them, such as case managers and clinicians from a therapeutic service.

The report presents the findings of the research and it is accompanied by a literature review and a poster on communication problems in maltreated children.

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  • Download PDFs for free
  • Report and Lit Review 1-10 sets: $20.00 each
  • Copies of Small Talk poster – P&P per tube (1 – 6 Posters): $10.00

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Neither Here Nor There - Revisiting Reunification

When children who are removed from family due to abuse and neglect are placed in out-of-home care, the initial case plan is almost always for them to return home when it is safe to do so. However, this is a complex process.

GordonCare, when it was a provider of residential care services, commissioned the Berry Street Take Two Research Team to explore through the literature and other means if there were ways of more effectively supporting children and adolescents to be safely reunited with their families. The intent of this project was to use a trauma and attachment theory lens when analysing policies, programs and practices relating to reunification.

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  • 1 - 10 printed copies: $15.00 each
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Berry Street was first established on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and to all the traditional custodians of land throughout Australia.