Counselling teenage girls

A recent Stony Brook University study has found that too much talk about their problems may lead middle school-aged girls into more depressive symptoms (Scientific America Mind, July/August 2009). Girls tend to co-ruminate about their problems – they spend their time dwelling on problems. This often leads them to feel sad and hopeless about situations and these problems remain the …

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Gifted Children

There is evidence based research that supports certain characteristics of gifted children. Gifted children display a certain set of characterises at certain ages. Below are some indicators of characterises that may be present in children. However all children may show some of these characterises and not all gifted children will show all of these. If you suspect you child may …

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School Readiness and Starting School

In Victoria, children must be five years of age or older by the 30th of April in the year they start school. Often parents question why the 30th of April is the cut off date and there is clear explanation why. Children develop at different rates and the decision to begin school often only based on age. How do you …

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Don’t Quit

I have always liked the poem, Don’t Quit. When things are not going our way it is important to persevere and move forward in the best way we can. Don’t Quit   When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road your trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low and the debts are high, And you …

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Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT)

I am often asked about the WIAT (Wechsler Individual Achievement Test). The WIAT is an individually administered test that takes from 30 to 90mintes to administer. An achievement test measure how an individual is going in certain areas of academic school work. The WIAT gives a good overall summary of functioning in the following areas: reading, maths, written language and …

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Benefits of Psychological Testing @ Year 10

Year 10 in Victoria is often seen as a transitional year for students. Many students are given the opportunity to sample a VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) subject. This prepares them for what lies ahead in Year 11 and 12. Many schools also implement specialised programs at Year 10 to help students with subject selection and study skills. Work experience …

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Counselling Ideas: Angry Octopus – Book

One of the books that I enjoy using with young clients (ages 3 – 8 years) is called Angry Octopus by Lori Lite.  It is a nice little relaxation story for children. When reading through the story, I ask the client to do the exercises as we read it. Sometimes the young person asks about how the octopus actually breathes …

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Child Testing – IQ and Intelligence Testing

Intelligence testing of very young children can sometimes be problematic because young people develop so rapidly. However, there are many benefits for psychological assessment and often the more information and the early the information is gathered, the more tailored the intervention programs can be. Assessment is a way of gaining some understanding of a child in order to make informed …

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Spelling Strategies

Spelling well helps us communicate efficiently with the outside world. Everyone needs strategies to help spell words correctly. We have compiled a collection of spelling strategies that can assist individuals to spell better. Tips include: Learning a variety of spelling strategies. Making up your own strategies to help with difficult words. Using a glossary for new and unusual words in …

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Counselling (Counseling) Worksheets for Professionals!

We have just launched a new product for professionals – Counselling Worksheets! This is an exciting new resource that will help professionals manage sessions with ease and confidence! They are an excellent resource for the counsellor starting out, or those who have been in the profession for years! This resource includes a set of 100 practical counseling worksheets suitable for …

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