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Psychology Jobs at Scope Psychology Services Australia

Psychology Jobs at Scope Psychology Services Australia

Scope Psychology Services Australia offer a number psychology jobs on a regular basis, including roles for clinical psychologists and educational psychologists. There are a number of benefits to working at Scope, and to make things easier, we've listed them out for you!What are the benefits? A beautiful riverside clinic We've kicked 9-5 to the curb, allowing you to work from home with flexible...

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How to Deal with Grief

How to Deal with Grief

Whether it's the loss of a loved one or something you once had, grief is a very normal response to experiencing loss. Here are a few healthy tips to help you deal with your own, or a family member/friend's grief. There is no correct answer to the question: "How to deal with grief?" However, we can help you find your answer. Grief is a form of emotional suffering that occurs when something is...

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How to Get Help with Mental Health?

How to Get Help with Mental Health?

Do you want to know how to get help with your mental health? Here is a comprehensive guide to beginning your healing journey with a psychologist. We’ll take you through how to know when it’s time to get help, how to do it, and what steps you should take to prepare for your first session.   When to get help? If you’re already asking this question about your mental health, it’s probably prime...

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Positive Parenting – How to do it?

Positive Parenting – How to do it?

Positive parenting is a technique that begins and ends with your efforts to think long-term instead of short. This method of parenting is achieved by understanding that children’s misbehaviours aren't their fault, but rather a consequence caused by their inability to express themselves or understand the norms of behaviour. Through careful and well thought-out training and language use, any...

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Low Self-Esteem in Kids – How to build it

Low Self-Esteem in Kids – How to build it

Self-esteem is all about liking who you are. At different ages, children need different kinds of support to build healthy self-esteem, due to changes in how they perceive themselves as they grow. In saying this, overall, much of a child’s self-esteem is built from knowing that they’re loved and valued by their family.   Babies  Newborns and very young babies don’t see themselves as being...

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ADHD Treatment – The Effectiveness of Finger Labyrinths

ADHD Treatment – The Effectiveness of Finger Labyrinths

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic problem that results in poor concentration and control of impulses. The DSM-5 outlines three general categories of symptoms that are characteristic of this condition; hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. It can affect a child's learning and social skills, and can have an impact on family functioning. It's estimated one in 20...

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Organisational Satisfaction – The Office Environment

Organisational Satisfaction – The Office Environment

We all know the impact a walk in a national park or a day at the beach can have on our general wellbeing, and the importance this can hold in our busy lives… So considering how much of our time we spend at work, it makes sense to make it a more of a comfortable, healthy and happy space for everyone. This makes organisational satisfaction a cornerstone of creating an effective office environment....

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How Much is a Psychologist?

How Much is a Psychologist?

The Cost of a Psychologist Are you wondering, "How much is a psychologist"? Look no further, as we break down the guidelines set by the Australian Psychological Society and our own approach to pricing. Our professional body, the Australian Psychological Society (APS), recommends that a 50-minute session with a psychologist should be $251 per session in 2020. At Scope Clinical and Educational...

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Autism, Psychology and the Secret Agent Society

Autism, Psychology and the Secret Agent Society

Children and adults on the autism spectrum commonly have difficulty with communication, social interactions and restricted, repetitive behaviors. This often makes it difficult for these individuals to integrate themselves into accepted social practises, commonly resulting in feelings of isolation.   The Secret Agent Society The Secret Agent Society is a program that aims to promote resilience...

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Parenting Advice & Child Attachment

Parenting Advice & Child Attachment

Some of the best parenting advice can be drawn from attachment theory, and the parent / child attachment relationship. Attachment Theory John Bowlby, the ‘father’ of attachment theory believes that “Intimate attachments to other human beings are the hub around which a person’s life revolves, not only as an infant or a toddler or a schoolchild but throughout adolescence and years of maturity as...

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum

Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum

What do mum’s really want for Christmas? It’s the million-dollar question which has us all googling, “Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum” each year. It can often be hard to find a standout gift for your mum, who—let’s be honest—probably deserves one more than anyone. Our way of answering this question is by looking at something that all mums need, but don’t necessarily always have the time...

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Simple small steps and the art of goal setting

Simple small steps and the art of goal setting

Recently, when I was reviewing some previous goals and where I had got to with them, I came across a quote from teacher and philosopher Confucius. This quote is over 2,500 years old, yet the wisdom is still essential to our contemporary goal setting. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” (Confucius 551-479 B.C.) We often have a...

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The Analogy of the Blue Sky

The Analogy of the Blue Sky

Have you heard about the analogy of the blue sky and the weather? It is a metaphor that I find helpful in regaining perspective and a sense of calm when emotions are high. Imagine your observing self as the sky – calm, blue, unchanging. Your thoughts and feelings are the weather – changing continually, from the mightiest thunderstorm to warm sunlight to a severe winter blizzard. No matter what...

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Top Tips to Put Down Your Phone

Top Tips to Put Down Your Phone

Most of us have likely experienced the stress of being without our phone for the day, feeling as though we're disconnected from parts of our world. This is understandable, seeing as our phones are these advanced, multipurpose tools that help us feel in touch and in control - even on the go. But when does this excessive use become a detriment to our mental health? Below we'll explore the signs...

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5 Tips for a Flying Start to the New Term

5 Tips for a Flying Start to the New Term

It's almost that time again - the start of a new term! An opportunity for your child to not only continue their development, but feel a sense of a fresh start. And that's not all coming up this week, it's also World Youth Skills Day on the 15th - an annual global celebration that recognises the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. In...

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8 Things You Should Do for Your Wellbeing This Winter

8 Things You Should Do for Your Wellbeing This Winter

Although we are blessed with crisp, sunny winters here in Brisbane, seasonal change can still give us the winter blues - especially if we've been diagnosed with a mood disorder. Below we'll discuss 8 things you can do to support your mental health this winter!   1. Get enough good quality sleep Sleep is the number one priority for our general health, as it is essential for pretty much all...

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Contemplating & Acting On Our Values

Contemplating & Acting On Our Values

After reconnecting with the writing of some of my favourite authors, I've started to think more about my values and how I can specifically act on them so they are more present in my life.   Your values are not about what you want to obtain (i.e. success, wealth, 'stuff' etc.), they are about how you want to act on an ongoing basis; how you want to treat yourself, others and the world around...

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International Day of Yoga: Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home

International Day of Yoga: Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home

With COVID-19 impacting many businesses and collectives worldwide, organised yoga has sadly been scarce this year. Nevertheless, there are still ways we can continue, or even begin, to practise this invaluable skill - with its many health benefits - in the comfort of our own homes.   Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practise that originated in India. Today there are many...

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Perfectionism: Helpful or Harmful?

Perfectionism: Helpful or Harmful?

What do we mean when we talk about perfectionism? Does it really involve being ‘perfect’ and is it even possible to be one hundred percent perfect anyway? The different types of perfectionism, as well as perfectionistic behaviours and beliefs, will be considered next.    Perfectionism describes the relentless striving for extremely high standards that are personally demanding. In fact, to...

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My Child is Anxious About Going Back to School: What Can I Do?

My Child is Anxious About Going Back to School: What Can I Do?

In Queensland, schools will reopen to all year levels from Monday the 25th of May. The work of schools is usually both relational and multi-dimensional, but with the closures in response to COVID-19, instruction became remote in a virtual world of online meetings, emails, and videos. Schools are now working to return students and staff safely to the face to face learning environment. One of the...

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Rapid Change and the Adaptability Dance

Rapid Change and the Adaptability Dance

Have you, your colleagues and your family members been surprised by your adaptability to the many recent and rapid changes? The global health and economic crises has forced changes to our work practices, our finances, our health needs and our learning opportunities. Most dramatically, we have had to adapt to a loss of normalcy in our everyday lives. As human beings, we do not like uncertainty...

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FREE Online Wellbeing Check-Ins

FREE Online Wellbeing Check-Ins

Let's all stay okay 👌 A recent survey by the ABC and Vox Pop Labs has revealed that feelings of anxiety, stress and boredom have spiked due to the coronavirus pandemic. In addition: The number of Australians reporting poor mental health has more than doubled compared to a month ago. The number frequently feeling despair has more than tripled. Those frequently feeling confusion is up more than...

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The Power of Hope

The Power of Hope

Being hopeful is much more than just wishful thinking... Hope predicts growth, helps with motivation and persistence, and can give us peace, vitality and a stronger sense of purpose.   Hope is defined as the perceived ability to produce pathways to achieve desired goals and to motivate oneself to use those pathways. American psychologist Charles Richard Synder devised 'Hope Theory' in the...

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Stress Awareness and Coping Skills

Stress Awareness and Coping Skills

With Stress Awareness Month starting today, combined with the currently panicked state of our community and world at large, what better topic to discuss...   What is Stress? It is the physiological and psychological reaction an individual experiences when they perceive the demands of a situation to go beyond their ability to cope. Some stress is inevitable and necessary for all livings...

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Dealing with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings

Dealing with Difficult Thoughts and Feelings

"Fulfilment does not mean our difficult emotions disappear; it means we change our relationship with them" - Russ Harris, author of the Happiness Trap.   We have previously explored the practise of mindfulness on our blog, covering how to bring ourselves back to the 'here and now' by tuning into each of our 5 senses. Now we want to focus more so on when our minds inevitably try to take back...

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Self Care in Fast Changing Times

Self Care in Fast Changing Times

Scope Clinical and Educational Services will continue to provide safe care to our community in this demanding and fast changing environment.   Psychological distress will be a prominent emotion in workplaces and suburbs across the community, and it’s not something most of us know how to address. There are major disruptions to the way people work and live. People in our community will...

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The Science Behind Mindfulness

The Science Behind Mindfulness

You've probably seen the buzzword 'mindfulness' around a lot recently, from broader media and marketing, to the titles of countless books. Although the concept is evidently popular, seeming to some like the latest New Age fad, we should not undervalue the true potential of mindfulness and much of the evidence-based science behind it.   Put simply, mindfulness is a state of nonjudgmental,...

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Building Self Esteem Through Questioning

Building Self Esteem Through Questioning

Whether working with children in a professional space or raising children in the home, it’s vitally important that we have strategies for building the self esteem of young people. Confidence, especially in Australia, can often be mistaken for arrogance, but if we teach children how to mix confidence with humility we can end up with empowered young people who know how to show initiative.  ...

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Love and Self Love

Love and Self Love

The term self-love can mean many things: self-worth, self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-care, self-awareness… some may even say self-importance. It’s nothing new that self-love is often mistaken for selfishness, but in the wise words of Rupaul, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”.   Self-love practices focus more so on interconnected (related to...

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How to Respond When Kids Get Hurt During Play

How to Respond When Kids Get Hurt During Play

Is it alright for a kid to hurt themselves? It can be really hard as an adult who is charged with taking care of a child, especially if it’s your own, to not worry about all the dangers our young people face in their day to day lives. These days schoolyards have rules against climbing on playgrounds, parks have fences around trees so that kids don’t climb them, and children are encouraged not to...

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Keeping On Top of Your New Year Resolutions

Keeping On Top of Your New Year Resolutions

January is the time of year where everyone is in refresh mode. Resolutions, new school supplies, new toys and new devices since Christmas. It is an opportunity to leave last year behind and try something different, brave new things. We all do it: jump at the chance to change, to improve, to be better. Full of hope, determination and resolve! We throw ourselves at opportunities, resolutions and...

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What’s New at Scope For 2020

What’s New at Scope For 2020

Happy (belated) New Year to our Scope community! We’re still freshly settling into the new year and excited for all the changes and opportunities that lie ahead. In celebration of the new year and the new decade, we wanted to share all things NEW that we’re excited about here at Scope in 2020! Community Workshops This year, we will be hosting more workshops than ever before. Scope will be home...

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Local Holiday Activities for Kids

Local Holiday Activities for Kids

Here at Scope, we understand that you are always on the lookout for activities to keep your child occupied and satisfied for the entirety of the school holidays. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favourite events and activities that are on around Brisbane during the upcoming September/October break. We’ve found activities nearby for the athletes, the creatives and the curious. To confirm...

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14 School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

14 School Holiday Activities in Brisbane

Yet another school term has flown by and we are now half way through the school year. Scope has compiled a list of the best Brisbane has to offer these school holidays. Here are some of the most exciting events in the upcoming weeks which are sure to keep your young ones entertained every day of the holidays! 1- Free ice skating at Indooroopilly shopping centre Lace up your skates! Indro is...

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Positivi-Tea

Positivi-Tea

Here at Scope Clinical and Educational Services, there’s not much that we love more than a cup of tea to start our work day. Whether you prefer green, black, or herbal, tea may be doing far more for your health than you think. Tea was first discovered in China thousands of years ago where it was used for medicinal purposes. In the modern day, it is the second most popular drink in the world,...

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Wellbeing in the Workplace in 2019

Wellbeing in the Workplace in 2019

Across Australia, there is an increased focus on professional learning and staff wellbeing in the workplace. There are two reasons that these areas are a priority for organisations, businesses, teams and people in 2019. Rapidly changing environments create opportunities as well as the challenges of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). It’s important to respond with...

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8 Easter Activities for Kids in Brisbane

8 Easter Activities for Kids in Brisbane

Can you believe it’s almost Easter already? We know it can be difficult to keep the little ones entertained over the holidays, so we’ve made things easy for you. Here are 8 of the best child-friendly activities and events around Brisbane in April. 1. Flipside Circus Workshops Jump, fly and flip your way through an unforgettable workshop at Flipside Circus! Located in Alderley, they have an...

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I’m so tired of feeling sleepy!

I’m so tired of feeling sleepy!

We are all encouraged from a young age to ensure we are getting enough shut-eye every night. But what exactly is “enough” and what are the potential impacts of ignoring these recommendations? There are so many components that affect sleep; this blog post could be filled ten times over! So here are just a few of the key things that we currently know. How much sleep do we need? The American...

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Our Green Office

Our Green Office

Scope has recently relocated to beautiful Bulimba. Feeling inspired and motivated to glam up our new space, we have been acquiring a bigger collection of indoor plants. The greenery is an effortless way to bring some life to a potentially dull office environment, and the plants also bring some health and wellness benefits too! Research on the impact of plants and nature on health and wellbeing...

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How Bulimba Is Helping Us To Create a Healthier Clinic

How Bulimba Is Helping Us To Create a Healthier Clinic

Scope Clinical & Educational Services has moved! You can now find us on Oxford Street in Bulimba. Bulimba is an area known for its beautiful location along the Brisbane River, its greenery, and bustling restaurant scene. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this community! Scope’s new space is located on Oxford Street which is the main street and centre of Bulimba. We are within walking...

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Parenting Practices for Smooth Sailing

Parenting Practices for Smooth Sailing

I am sometimes contacted by parents concerned about their child’s development. They ask about parenting practices that contribute to healthy wellbeing, educational confidence and social competence. There is so much information about child development, and I will touch briefly on one theory further illustrated with the sailing waters metaphor to simplify a complex area. Today’s researchers agree...

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Back to School Tips for Educational Confidence

Back to School Tips for Educational Confidence

In Queensland, this week is the first week of the 2019 school year. For first-time students and returning students, the start of the school year is a busy time filled with excitement, and perhaps a little dread as well. The team at Scope have put together a list of back to school tips for educational confidence.  For the first-time student… Sending your little one to school for the first time is...

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10 Family Friendly Summer Holiday Activities in Brisbane

10 Family Friendly Summer Holiday Activities in Brisbane

Wondering how to keep your kids occupied over the summer holidays? Here are our top 10 family friendly summer holiday activities in Brisbane! Check out some of Brisbane’s new “street libraries” Street libraries are starting to pop up all over Brisbane. They are “open” in peoples’ front yards and street corners. You and your child are free to take from it whatever tickles your fancy and even...

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3 Tips to Combat Your Child’s Gaming Addiction

3 Tips to Combat Your Child’s Gaming Addiction

What is gaming addiction? Is it the sound of rapid mouse clicks at 3am? Or is it the zoned out appearance on your child’s face when they are engrossed by a video game? Gaming addiction can be defined as an impulse control disorder, which has been an increasing concern for parents. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 94% of children aged 6-15 play games regularly and 95% of Australian homes...

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7 Tips for Managing Panic in Crowded Spaces

7 Tips for Managing Panic in Crowded Spaces

Do you find yourself uncomfortable or panicked in crowded spaces? Sometimes this feeling is labelled ‘Agoraphobia,’ which translates from Greek to ‘fear of the marketplace’. Agoraphobia occurs when you become anxious about being in places or situations where you might have a panic attack. It’s best not to avoid social situations, as it’s not helpful for your mental health when we become isolated...

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Guidelines for Better Sleep

Guidelines for Better Sleep

Sleeping well is a habit that you can learn! Small changes can have big effects. Start today by following these rules: Food and Drinks Caffeine free after 4 o’clock. We love to drink herbal tea Try to eat a big or spicy meal earlier in the evening and allow yourself time to digest Try not to go to bed hungry Avoid alcohol as it interferes with sleep Daily Activities Physical exercise, such as a...

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A Brief Overview of Mindfulness

A Brief Overview of Mindfulness

The central idea behind mindfulness is focusing on your current experience and being in the ‘here and now’. Quite often we find ourselves in ‘automatic pilot’ mode. Mindfulness is the opposite of ‘automatic pilot’ mode – it’s all about the ‘being’ mode. It takes some time to develop but with patience and a little practice every day, you will start to enjoy the benefits of bringing yourself back...

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Simple Steps to Staff Wellbeing

Simple Steps to Staff Wellbeing

“Staff wellbeing” has become the new catch phrase in the corporate world, and increasingly, many organisations are starting to recognise its importance. Google, renowned for its staff-centred programs, started a global conversation about workplace wellbeing. From massage parlours, to free bikes on campuses, to nap rooms, to office dogs, to Lego stations… Google set a new convention for the staff...

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A Short List of Techniques to Manage Procrastination

A Short List of Techniques to Manage Procrastination

Procrastination is a common part of human behaviour and is not the same as “laziness”. Procrastination means to decide for no valid reason to delay or not complete a task or goal you’ve committed to, and instead do something of lesser importance, despite there being negative consequences to not following through on the original task or goal. Here are some useful tips for reducing...

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Homeschooling – How Does it Stack Up?

Homeschooling – How Does it Stack Up?

Homeschooling is a topic that many parents are understandably curious about. It has recently resurfaced in the media as a hot topic and this has people wondering whether it’s a suitable way to educate your child. About homeschooling research At this stage, there’s not enough unbiased research about home schooling to make direct comparisons about the academic achievements of homeschooled children...

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Conversations About Mental Health

Conversations About Mental Health

I’m on a plane, on my way to Proserpine to visit St Catherine’s Catholic College, listening to the ABC Life Matters podcast. Osher Günsberg is speaking and he prompts me to reflect on conversations about mental health. He explores fear, comfort eating, alcoholism and drug use, ego, coping strategies and the human need for control. He’s calm, honest and open about challenging experiences and it’s...

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What is a Specific Learning Disorder?

What is a Specific Learning Disorder?

A Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) is a diagnosis that is used to describe a person who is able to learn and achieve academically, but their knowledge in specific areas is disorganised or disordered. For example, a helpful way to think of dyslexia is dys- “disorganised or difficult” lexia- “word or lexicon” * lexicon = dictionary Inside your head. Typically, a person’s internal dictionary is...

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Confidential Support for Effective Leaders

Confidential Support for Effective Leaders

Effective leaders People often aspire to be leaders because they want to commit to excellence, make a difference and deliver results. When in positions of leadership, leaders quickly realise that they have many people relying on them. They are required to understand, relate to and be sensitive to staff and colleagues. This relational aspect known as emotional intelligence is an important...

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Feeling Good and Living Well in 2018

Feeling Good and Living Well in 2018

Mental health and wellbeing are frequently used terms in books, on websites and even in the Australian curriculum. The concepts of mental health and wellbeing have applications across a broad range of disciplines. Different definitions can be found in relation to health, education, psychology and philosophy, to name just a few. Each discipline highlights the importance of positive mental health...

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3 Tips To Help Kids Tackle Stress

3 Tips To Help Kids Tackle Stress

As adults we can underestimate the amount of stress that children are under. From school work to social pressures to wanting to please you, their parents, being young is not as easy as it is chalked up to be! So here are 3 tips that are great for helping your little ones tackle their life stresses, no matter what they may be: Read Danielle’s Full Article Here

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Ways to Talk With Your Children When Times are Tough

Ways to Talk With Your Children When Times are Tough

We can all think back to moments where it’s been difficult to open up and talk about how we are feeling, or how a certain situation may have caused us to be upset or frustrated. When I was growing up, this was particularly challenging – especially when being probed with questions by mum or dad that I simply didn’t know how to answer. So, is there a better way to talk with your children when...

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