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Resources for working with children

Therapeutic Group Program Manuals – Free to download

Together 4 Kids have developed a suite of Facilitator’s Manuals for our therapeutic group programs – available for free download. These programs have been developed for children and their parents who have experienced homelessness and domestic violence.

Caterpillars to Butterflies is for girls aged 5-9 years. The butterfly analogy assists children to identify their strengths in the face of change and uncertainty. Download free copy here.

Pirates is a group for boys aged 5-9 years. This program uses the analogy of sailing through rough seas to help children identify their strengths in dealing with the unknown. Download free copy here.

The Garden is for infants 0 – 4 years accompanied by a parent and promotes shared positive experiences between child and parent. The Garden uses sensory-based activities to support attachment and attunement such as music, relaxation, cooking and puppetry. Download free copy here.

Grows a Little is a resource of catchy songs  to play to children while they are accessing emergency or transitional services or to play in their own homes. The simple exercises that go with the songs in this workbook, do not require specialist training or specific therapeutic skills. Case workers and children’s workers in the sector can use these songs and workbook to support children in their care by playing and singing the songs and doing the exercises, all without specialist training. Parents can readily go through the exercises with their own children at home.

Conversations at the Kitchen Table Manual and Handbook

Manual

Drawing on the Therapeutic Parenting Programs developed by Relationship Australia South Australia’s (RASA) Post Adoption Support Service, this Reflective Parenting Resource has been designed and developed by the Together4Kids (T4K) team as part of our support for workers in the homelessness and family and domestic violence (FDV) sector. Hardcopies available soon!

Handbook

This handbook accompanies the professional development training program Conversations at the Kitchen Table: Reflective Parenting Conversations for Front Line Workers. Hardcopies available soon!

Websites

Chatfirst
Information for parents about their children and separation.

Two Homes
Positive parenting tools for separated parents, extended and blended families. Two Homes is a place for separated parents to access valuable information, resources and tools that can help provide clarity and insight throughout this difficult process.

Child Support Agency
Contains an excellent range of resources on separation that can be downloaded. Publications can also be ordered for free.

Best for Kids
Family Law Information for Parents

Government of British Columbia Families Change
Canadian website with comprehensive information for parents regarding children and family change.

Government of British Columbia: Justice Education Society
Resources that may assist Aboriginal parents.

Bonnie Harris Connective Parenting
Specialist parenting advice.

KidsMatter
A national mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative for primary schools.

Keeping Kids in Mind
Website developed by services in NSW with separation resources for children, parents and professionals.

Banana Splits Resource Centre
Activities and resources for those supporting middle and upper school adolescents around separation and divorce.

Family Relationships Online
Family Relationships Online provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution. Also provides details of your nearest Family Relationship Centre.

Child and Youth Health
Includes information on family conflict and separation that may affect children’s health and tips on how children can cope.

Australian Childhood Foundation
Support for children and families, especially around violence, trauma and abuse. Also provide education and training for the community and professionals (including online training on their website).

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
UK Non-Governmental agency focused on putting children first in family courts. Website includes child friendly resources for children whose parents are separating or divorcing.

The Dulwich Centre
Dulwich Centre is an independent centre in Adelaide, Australia. Involved in narrative approaches to therapy and community work, training, publishing, supporting practitioners in different parts of the world, and co-hosting international conferences. Offers workshops in popular group programs such as the Tree of Life and Team of Life.

Classroom activities

University of Missouri

Resources

Innovative Resources
Excellent resources from the makers of St Luke’s Resources including Strength Cards for Kids; I Can Monsters Cards; Stones Cards; The Bears Cards and Cars ‘r’ us Cards.

Quirky Kid Clinic
Various therapeutic resources to purchase for children and young people.

The Freckled Frog
Children’s toys and educational products.

iPhone Applications

ParenTime
ParenTime makes handling your complicated family schedules much easier by helping parents maximize their quality time with their children after a divorce.

Divorce App
In the Divorce App, Dr. Woliver uses children’s drawings to illustrate their stories, feelings and needs at each developmental stage, so parents and grandparents can help them deal with the divorce.

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