David Clark

02/03/2022

Focus on the Needs of Children: Bessel van der Kolk

I have included a number of quotes in these Healing blog posts from Bessel van der Kolk’s seminal book The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Here is another, this time about children: ‘I like to believe that once our society […]
17/02/2022

Colonisation and its Impact: A Compilation of Blogs

The process of colonisation and its devastating impact on generations of Aboriginal peoples provides the backdrop to the story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. In this blog post, I provide links to 15 of my previous blogs on The Carrolup Story relating to various elements of […]
16/02/2022

Laying Seeds for Our Kojonup Visit: Healing Blogs

I was due to visit Kojonup with John in late October last year, but had to pull out due to illness. One of the aims of the planned talks was to highlight the legacy of the Carrolup Story, in relation to how it speaks to today about trauma, […]
15/02/2022

Disappointing News About Our Carrolup Book

Since I published my eBook, Connection, which was focused on the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup, many people have asked me when a hard copy of the book would be available to purchase. I explained that my strategy had been to publish an eBook first, so that there […]
14/02/2022

The Carrolup Story’s Blogs Relating to Dr Bruce Perry

John and I will be heading down to Kojonup on Thursday to have a variety of discussions about a new project we have been developing with children’s writer and illustrator Lisa Martello-Hart. This is a community-driven project that aims to use community members, the knowledge of world-leading experts, […]
17/01/2022

Why I Train Grandmothers to Treat Depression: Dixon Chibanda

‘Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe—for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. […]
10/01/2022

‘Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma’ by James Gordon

I’m reading a fascinating book by James Gordon on my Kindle at the moment, Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. It’s a great read, highly recommended if you interested in the healing of trauma. Here is the publicity material for the book: ‘The definitive new guide […]
06/01/2022

‘Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen’ by Johann Hari

I read a fascinating article in The Guardian by Johann Hari about an increasing and worrying problem that exists in much of society today. Our ability to concentrate and attend to matters is being eroded by certain facets of everyday life. This erosion of people’s attention will lead […]
05/01/2022

Our Carrolup Project: An Update

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone reading this post the very best for 2022. We’ve all been going through tough times during the pandemic—hopefully things will improve in the coming year. I thought it was time to do a little update (and recap) of what has […]
05/12/2021

John Stanton Interview, Part 2

In a previous blog post, I linked to three film clips from the interview I did on the 6th of October 2017 with my colleague John Stanton about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. Here are three more film clips from this interview, all which are on The Carrolup […]
05/12/2021

‘For Love’: A Film of Resilience and Resurgence

‘I’m constantly afraid. Even if I know I am doing the right things, I am still constantly afraid of the fear that someone could even take my kids.’ I really like the look of this film, directed by Matt Smiley, about the impact of colonisation on Indigenous peoples […]
10/11/2021

The Carrolup Story Website: Our 3rd Birthday

Three years ago today, John Stanton, Ash Whitney and I launched The Carrolup Story online storytelling, education and healing resource. The resource now comprises over 320 pages, including 270 blog posts. How did The Carrolup Story website come about? Our story begins 45 years ago, when John Stanton first […]
09/11/2021

‘What Happened?: What mental health is really about’ by Bill Saunders

Some of you will will know that I believe that the biomedical approach to mental health—using drugs to treat what are considered to be biochemical disorders—causes more harm than good. I have previously recommended the book What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. […]
03/11/2021

Parnell Dempster Writes to Mrs Rutter

After Mrs Florence Rutter returned to the UK after her second visit to Carrolup Native Settlement, she received letters from 22 of the Aboriginal children. In one of those letters, Parnell Dempster described how the settlement supervisor, Mr Sully, had stopped Noel White taking the boys to the […]
02/11/2021

Belonging and Being Loved: Bruce Perry

Here is what Bruce Perry has to say about ‘belonging’ and ‘being loved’ in What Happened To You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, the excellent book he wrote with Oprah Winfrey. ‘Belonging and being loved are core to the human experience. We are a social species. We […]
01/11/2021

Noelene White Interview, 2005

Noelene, along with her siblings Janette (Jenny) and Ross, went with her parents Noel and Lily White to Carrolup Native Settlement in May 1946. She was 12 years old at the time. John first met Noelene in 1985 and learnt a lot from her about the Aboriginal children […]
29/10/2021

Some Favourite Carrolup Story Blog Posts: Part 1

I thought I’d upload a second blog post today to celebrate John’s talks at The Kodja Place, Kojonup this afternoon. We now have 172 posts on our Carrolup Story Blog. Here are links to ten of my personal favourites. A Long Way from Home: But for the three […]
29/10/2021

Healing Blog Posts: A Kojonup Celebration

This afternoon, John Stanton will be giving his and my talks about the Aboriginal child artists at The Kodja Place, Kojonup, {while I recuperate at home}. One of the aims of these talks is to highlight the legacy of the Carrolup Story, in relation to how it speaks […]
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