Children and Young People This is a list of resources and information to assist parents, teachers, professionals and organisations better understand and respond to young people who present with complex needs. Young People with Backgrounds of Trauma
Key Developmental Needs of Children and Young People
Young People who Offend
The Rock and Water Program The following resources are provided to assist both individuals and organisations understand, and then effectively deliver and evaluate the Rock & Water program for young people.
- Childhood Trauma - Persistent Fear and Brain Development
This article written by Bruce Perry discusses the impact of fear (or early developmental trauma) on a young person's brain.
Reference: Perry, B.D. (2001). The neurodevelopmental impact of violence in childhood. In Schetky D & Benedek, E. (Eds.) Textbook of child and adolescent forensic psychiatry. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc. (221-238)
- Post-Trauma Response - Children and Adolescents
This article written by Schwarz and Perry discusses the impact of early developmental trauma on children and adolescents.
Reference: Schwarz, E and Perry, BD The post-traumatic response in children and adolescents. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17 (2): 311-326, 1994.
- Helping Traumatised Children - An Overview for Caregivers
This resource is written by Bruce Perry and provides an overview of best-practice guidelines for caregivers supporting children who have experienced developmental trauma.
- Principles of Working with Traumatised Children
This resource is written by Bruce Perry and provides an overview of best-practice guidelines for parents, teachers and caregivers who are supporting children who have experienced developmental trauma.
Wilderness-Adventure Programs for Young People
Connectedness - Why is it so important? Connected Self strongly values the importance of connections or "being connected" as a central feature to support both individuals and organisations be more effective, and achieve greater success and fulfilment. The following set of resources is provided to support individuals and organisations understand the importance of connections, connectedness or being connected.
- Evaluation of 3-Day Rock & Water Training 2003-2004
This is a qualitative summary of feedback provided by principals, teachers, counsellors and support teachers who attended the 3-day Rock & Water training in 2003-04. The evaluation was commissioned by the University of Newcastle.
- Varied Applications of the Rock & Water Program
This Youth Action and Policy Association (NSW) website provides a brief overview of a number of Rock & Water programs delivered to diverse cohorts of young people in NSW.
- The Role and Importance of the Parent-Child Connection
This long report reviews the role, importance and application of parent-child connectedness for the health and well-being of children and young people.
- The Role and Importance of the Parent-Child Connection (Minority Groups)
This long report reviews the role, importance and application of parent-child connectedness for the health and well-being of children and young people, but with a focus on American minority groups.
- The Importance, Role and Function of School Connectedness in Lives of Young People
This American report reviews the importance, role and function of children and young people being "connected" to their teachers, learning experience and school community.
- Healthy Youth Development and Connectedness
This article written by Michael Resnick in the Medical Journal of Australia (V 183, N 8) reviews healthy youth development. He argues that the role and importance of connectedness with adults, peers, caregivers and life itself are central components of healthy development.
- Fostering Resilience in Young People Through Connectedness and Participation
This article produced in the Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health reviews the importance and role of supporting young people being active in decision making processes as a means of fostering resilience, connectedness and belonging.
- Creating Connectedness: The Role and Importance of Schools
This report is written by the 'Australian National School Drug Education Innovation and Good Practice Project'. It reviews the role and function of schools as "creating, building and reinforcing connectedness", notable as it relates to drug education and prevention.
- Understanding and Measuring Connectedness in Adolescence
Psychologists are now starting to measure the construct of "connectedness". Dr. Michael Karcher has done significant research and theorising into adolescent connectedness, and has developed the "Hemingway Measure of Adolescent Connectedness" as a tool to measure connectedness. This is a link to Dr Karcher's work. It includes open access to the "Hemingway Measure of Adolescent Connectedness".
- The Importance of Connectedness - A Review of Different Disciplines
This bibliography reviews a number of humanity and scientific disciplines that understand optimal human functioning within the context of connectedness.
- Connectedness Defined as Interdependence
This short article written by Connected Self defines "connectedness" as the interdependent relationship individuals share with people, objects and their environment.
- Connectedness Quotes
This is a one-page overview of quotes that add additional insight into the importance of being connected.
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