Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer or are you curious to learn more about Out of Home Care? If so, CatholicCare invites you to attend one of its information sessions, to be held at various locations across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the coming months.
CatholicCare Family and Domestic Violence Case Manager, Stacey Northam, and Counsellor, Barbra Squire, were asked to present their ‘Having the Conversation, Notes from the Field’ model about utilising empowerment-oriented engagement strategies in supporting effective, sustainable change in the domestic violence cycle at the 2016 Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne.
October is Mental Health Month, a time when we are encouraged to acknowledge and talk about mental health. Good mental health can be defined in the following way: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organisation).
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Q I am interested in learning ways to teach my seven-year-old daughter some resilience skills. She seems to become emotionally overwhelmed every time she is presented with a challenging situation or when she ‘loses’ in a game with us at home or at school. Sometimes she gives up trying because her emotions take over. I really want to teach her that it is okay not to be the best at everything, and also not to give up on something just because it feels too hard. Where do I start?
It was a sunny autumn afternoon and my class of Year 2 students had just left for the day when I opened a newsletter in my emails. I was reading through it when an advertisement from CatholicCare, calling for foster carers, caught my eye. There was a phone number to call. I picked up the phone…