TRM-related books…

Easy access to books recommended during our training!

I’ve been training a lot on the Trauma Recovery Model recently and frequently get asked for further reading and pointers to good books…

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So I thought I’d put together a quick guide to some of the main ones so that folks can easily get through to them for a nosey – and buy them if you wish.*

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Teaching kids about money

You can do it with Henry's help...

To be honest, I’ve found this issue a real struggle. How do you teach kids about money?

As a parent I want to get it right. Yet I find myself constantly struggling to know how best to handle it.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/My Make OU (Adapted)

This app really helped me…

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Why foster care is the Gold Standard…

...for helping troubled kids to recover...

Troubled kids need help. But what is the best way to do this?

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/Frenk & Danielle Kaufmann (adapted)

I’ve worked with kids in a number of roles, including: as a youth worker, a social worker, a case manager, a court officer, a therapist, as a YOT supervising officer and review meeting chair.

But I reckon there’s one approach, one role that beats them all.

Why foster care is the gold standard of child care…

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FASD: what you need to know…

We all know the problems that alcohol can cause for adults and teenagers. But what about drinking during pregnancy?

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This is a guest post by Maria Catterick, founder and director of the Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network U.K. (FASD)

So, what is the problem with alcohol anyway?

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Nature or nurture? Finding balance…

At family gatherings, in the pub, chatting with friends – sooner or later it’ll come up: are we the product of nature of nurture?

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/pixelbliss (adapted)

We all have a tendency towards one or the other. But do we really have to choose?

How to re-balance the nature/nurture equation…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.5: KnowDrugs…

When I was a student. I spent a year working in street-based drugs project. What an eye-opener that was!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/Sereniy

Anyone seeking to help troubled young people is going to come across the drugs issue sooner or later.

Are you ready for it? How much do you know?

Here’s a way you can have great information at your finger tips…

The KnowDrugs App… 

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3 little words that can change the client relationship…

It’s amazing how much you can say in just 3 words.  A whole wealth of meaning can take up so little space!

This is why we should use them with troubled young people…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Devonyu

No, not those 3 words. These: “I was wrong.”

The power of our fallibility…

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When all is not well – signs a teenager may need help with mental health…

The teen years can be turbulent. It’s a time of great change physically, emotionally and socially.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/lovleah

So how might we know if a young person is struggling? Not just having a bad day, but really foundering… Here are some signs that it might be time to get some professional help with mental health.

When is it time to call for help?…

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Sexting 3

What young people think...

Teenagers know more about technology than most adults do. So keeping them safe is difficult as well as vital.

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Once again, my evening has included a couple of “phone extractions.” This is where I separate my 14 year old son from his mobile phone.

His phone has a camera on it. Most phones do these days. The camera phone has now become an intrinsic part of teenage social life. The wide availability and affordability of smartphones, as well as apps like Instagram and SnapChat, have seen to that.

So what do we know about camera phone dangers?…

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Dealing with attention-seeking behaviour…

The other day I heard myself saying it again, “You’re just trying to get my attention!” And I was right.

Child with megaphone...

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Kids’ behaviour can be infuriating. And never more so than when we know they’re pitching for our attention.

We’re busy. Life is busy! And yet they insist on saying and doing things just to stop us from getting stuff done. Or thats what it feels like.

So what’s this kind of behaviour all about?…

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