Parents, in this PC world, you don’t need to feel bad about loving Christmas

  • Monday, December 04, 2017
  • Shona Innes Psychology

In this era of politically correct (PC), uber-responsibility, super-anxious parenting there is SOOOO much out there about the things that parents should and shouldn’t do at Christmas. It seems that there are plenty of ways that you can get Christmas ethically or morally wrong – share the “wrong” food, buy the “wrong” presents, …“Arrrggggh!!!!
 

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Mindfulness

  • Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Shona Innes Psychology

I know what you’re thinking….well, no I don’t actually,… but I think it would be a pretty good guess that at the mention of mindfulness, people conjure up visions of robes, shaved heads, incense and chanting. Purchase Your Mind is like a Garden  

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The Internet is Like a Puddle – How to watch out for the Internet Monster

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • Shona Innes Psychology

 We live in an era of fast information and sadly, with that speed and efficiency comes more ways that information can be altered of changed. Internet advertising, pop ups and sidebar activities, fake news – there is plenty that we need to watch for in this space. With more and more information coming to children via the internet, including homework that requires researching topics online, how can we help kids detect what might be genuine information and facts from advertisers, opinion pieces and “fake” news?
Purchase Books in the Big Hug Series I.T. savvy adults can of course install and use up to date security software, but I also think it’s a great idea to skill kids up with a radar so that they can detect what might be dodgy online. It can all get a bit muddy in the internet puddle. How can we help kids to avoid the murky bits?        

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Try ‘4P + 4’ for a fresh approach to complex mental health case formulation & treatment planning

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Shona Innes Psychology

Formulation and treatment planning in complex cases involving a young person are particularly challenging because of the sheer volume of information available to us. The key question is how to make effective use of it all. My suggestion is that we extend the well-known 4P approach to take into account 4 more critically important areas. In my view, ‘4P + 4’ would enable us to reach much greater clarity on what to target, why and how in order to improve a young person’s situation. 

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Taz the Tasmanian Devil’s got it right! Separating the problem from the chaos in a complex case

  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • Shona Innes Psychology

Complex cases involving young people come in a whirlwind of politics, spent and burnt-out workers and a trail of services that, for whatever reason, have been unable to help. In fact, Taz the Tasmanian Devil, the animated cartoon character, comes to mind. He usually moves around in a whirlwind of chaos, but sometimes steps outside to watch from arm’s length. And that’s exactly what we need to do: step back in order to separate the actual presenting problem from the chaos in a complex case. 

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