Engaging families in early intervention for child conduct concerns

A dirt road going off into the distance

(Photo: Darcy Moore)

I was one of the authors on a paper published this month in the journal Children Australia about Getting on Track in Time (Got It!): an early intervention programs assisting families to deal with emerging child behavioural difficulties that are likely to worsen over time.

Abstract

Early intervention programs assist families to deal with emerging child behavioural difficulties that are likely to worsen over time. Identifying families suited to an early intervention program and then generating their interest in the program can be an uncertain and complex process. This paper describes the approach to family engagement in a school-based early intervention program for children with emerging conduct problems, called Got It!, and presents some of the findings from an external evaluation of the program conducted by the authors for New South Wales (NSW) Ministry of Health. Child behaviour screening questionnaires were completed by parents/carers and teachers, and qualitative data were gathered through interviews with parents/carers, teachers and health staff. The views of families who participated in the targeted intervention and those who were exposed only to the universal intervention were sought. Results indicate that offering the specialised group intervention in the school, in the context of universal interventions and screening, supported engagement with families of children with identified conduct problems. Many parents said they would not otherwise have sought assistance. A partnership approach between schools and specialist child and adolescent mental health services is a central feature of program delivery. Factors that contribute to an effective partnership are discussed. Continue reading

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A song for Sunday – Satellite

It’s Eurovision time and this year geography teachers around the world are shattered. I know my credibility as a blogger may suffer, but I got up at 5:30 this morning to watch Australia’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest (and we have a party tonight to watch the repeat tonight!) My favourite this year was Sweden, with Georgia, Russia and Hungary (for the sentiment) close behind.

So here is Satellite by Lena. A great example of pop and one of my favourite winners.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to watch some previous songs for Sunday:

  1. I will survive by Gloria Gaynor (Priscilla Queen of the Desert version)
  2. John Lennon’s Image by Playing for Change
  3. Foolish Notion by Holly Near
  4. Dust in the Wind by Kansas
  5. 99 Red Balloons by Nena
  6. John Lennon’s Image by Playing for Change
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Saturday Quote

Quote by Iris IwanickiThis quote by Iris Iwanicki, the President of the Planning Institute of Australia (South Australia) from a workshop on stakeholder engagement.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Past Saturday Quotes
  2. 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement
  3. A story of two communities
  4. Ethics and community engagement
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Some weekend reading

Dog looking at computer

(Photo: Derek Gavey)

Reflection: On sleeping on couches and diversity in medicine from This Liminal Space – Some personal reflections on an unusual path to studying medicine at Uni. I was particularly interested in this article because the Family Action Centre has a program, Uni4You, that is supporting people from educationally disadvantaged groups to enrol in the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation program.

Trends in family transitions, forms and functioning by Ruth Weston and Lixia Qu via Family Matters (Australian Institute of Family Studies) – Despite changes families still “represent the basic unit of society – a unit in which much ‘caring and sharing’ between members is expected to occur – and, importantly, the site in which most children are raised” Continue reading

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Domestic violence – why doesn’t she just leave?

Car boot packed with luggage

(Photo: Sohum)

Many women make numerous attempts to leave a violent relationship before finally ending the relationship [1, 2]. In one large Australian study, 35% of women who had experienced violence in the previous five years from their current partner had left and then returned to their partner at least once, as had over half (57%) of the women who had experienced violence from a previous partner (ABS).

A woman’s decision to end a relationship usually happens in an environment where their violent partner has made it very hard for her to leave by undermining her confidence, keeping her poor, instilling fear or keeping her under close scrutiny or surveillance [3]. Remembering this context, there are a range of reasons women don’t leave [2-6] including: Continue reading

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Song for Sunday – I will survive

The Priscilla Queen of the Desert version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” seemed appropriate for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. “I will survive” is consistently listed as one pf the top gay anthems. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (back in 2008), Same Same asked its readers to vote for the “Gayest Songs of All Time.” “I will survive” came in at number 3, beaten by “YMCA” and “Dancing Queen”. Continue reading

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Saturday quote

Quote from Malala

(Picture of seedling: pixabay)

This inspiring quote by Malala Yousafza is from her speech to the UN General Assembly on 12 July 2013. You can watch or read her full speech here.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Past Saturday Quotes
  2. What is terrorism?
  3. Principles of nonviolence
  4. Strengths-based approaches = HOPE
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Some weekend reading

Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. Some might be quite recent, but others might be older ones I have revisited or recently discovered. They will mainly focus on families, community engagement or environmental sustainability, but not necessarily.

An unnatural disaster by Shradha Ghale via Kantipur – some reflections on the link between poverty and the terrible earthquakes in Nepal

Asset-Based Community Development: Focusing on what matters by Cormac Russell via from Nurture Development – ABCD, neoliberalism, globalisation & consumerism Continue reading

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Domestic violence training materials

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This great video on domestic violence, from a free Australian training package, involves actors playing real people. Bronwyn and Gary  own a real estate business in a rural regional centre. They have two children; Luke aged 13 and Sally aged 11 who has Down syndrome. Bronwyn began seeing a Counsellor a year ago and disclosed that in the early years of their marriage, Gary had badly beaten her. Bronwyn has lived in constant fear that he would one day repeat this. Bronwyn is seen at a Counselling session. Gary is at an intake session with a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

The AVERT Family Violence package includes: Continue reading

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A song for Sunday – Child in Time

Child in Time (Deep Purple) Warning – graphic war images.

I’m not sure how many people realise that “Child in Time” by Deep Purple is an anti-war song. The official music video doesn’t highlight the anti-war message , but this video by Bodellia uses graphic footage from the Vietnam War (be warned) that highlights the connection.  Musically “Child in Time” is based on “Bombay Calling” by a psychedelic rock band It’s a Beautiful Day and, according to Ian Gillan, “we created this song using the Cold War as the theme.” Continue reading

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