Posted:Dec 12, 2013 Conversations Matter: Resources for discussing suicide
A new online resource to support community discussions about suicide was released recently. Conversations Matter provides people with practical tips on how to have safe and helpful conversations about suicide. The resources include fact sheets, videos and podcasts and are the first of their kind both in Australia and around the world. The guides were produced by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health with the support of the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales. Conversations Matter can be used by community members (individuals, families, and community groups) who need some general advice about ways that suicide can be safely talked about and professionals from a range of sectors who need advice about how best to engage with and support communities to talk about suicide. To view this resource, go to http://www.conversationsmatter.com.au.
Posted:Nov 21, 2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Resources Portal
The Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange has launched a new resource, the Knowledge Circle, which celebrates new approaches to keeping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe and happy in their communities. It aims to share knowledge about "what works" in delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. The purpose of Knowledge Circle is to provide professionals working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with quality, evidence-based information, resources and interactive support. It's focus areas include: responses to disadvantage (through services and program delivery), and not just on the extent of disadvantage that impacts on the safety and wellbeing of children and families; positive and innovative approaches to program delivery and service practices; an ecological approach that captures the interrelatedness of child, family and community factors that influence child/family safety and wellbeing; how programs aim to deliver outcomes in relation to program objectives and linking stories about "what works" to existing evidence-based research.
To view this resource, go to http://www2.aifs.gov.au/cfca/knowledgecircle/about-knowledge-circle.
Posted:Nov 21, 2013 Dads' Guide to Pregnancy
The new free online Dads' Guide to Pregnancy is on the Raising Children Network website at http://raisingchildren.net.au/dads_guide_pregnancy/dads_guide_to_pregnancy.html. The Dads' Guide to Pregnancy looks at what dads and their partners might be going through during each stage of pregnancy including reactions to pregnancy, what to expect, work-life balance, looking after relationships and how to prepare for fatherhood. To develop the guide, Raising Children Network surveyed over 500 expectant dads as well as dads with children between birth and three years of age. Men said that they want informative, cut-to-the-chase pregnancy information in a conversational style. This informed development of the guide, which includes over 40 online articles.
Posted:Nov 7, 2013 DSM-5 and Family Therapy
This special issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy offers readers an alternative and constructive range of experiences, perspectives, opinions and practical approaches in the conversation between family therapy and the DSM-5. Articles include 'DSM-5 and Evidence Based Family Therapy? Dancing with the DSM- The Reflexive Positioning of Narrative Informed Psychiatric Practice and Dialogues from the 'Coalface': DSM-5 and Emotional Process in a Clinical Setting.' To access this free online edition of the ANZJFT, go to http://dmmsclick.wileyeurope.com/view.asp?m=sa2gi3w3lvoel6r2smmb&u=23260945&f=h