trauma

21/11/2022

The Politics of Personal Distress

A couple of months ago I came across an excellent article in the Guardian newspaper by UK clinical psychologist Sanah Ahsan entitled ‘I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health’. The article is well worth reading. It is important to note […]
14/11/2022

‘The Myth of Normal’ by Gabor Maté

Whilst in the UK recently, I bought a hardback copy of Gabor Maté’s thought-provoking new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture. Yes, today’s Western society capitalist culture is toxic, according to one of the world’s leading trauma experts. Here is what […]
09/11/2022

Step Inside the Circle

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the long period of time since my last post on the website. I was away for nearly eight weeks visiting family and friends in Europe. Since getting back, I’ve been catching up on a number of things, as well as working on […]
03/08/2022

Our Visit to Casuarina Prison

John and I first visited Casuarina maximum security prison for males in Perth back in November 2020 to give talks about the Carrolup child artists and to see the art class in operation. We also visited last year and then again on 7/8 July this year for NAIDOC […]
02/08/2022

Magical Happenings in Carrolup Schoolroom and Beyond

Some months ago, I thought it was time to write a blog post summarising major happenings at Carrolup Native Settlement during the second half of the 1940s. However, I didn’t post the summary immediately and then forgot all about it. Recently, I was going through the website database […]
15/03/2022

Transforming Trauma Self-Care Resources: James Gordon M.D.

I wanted to introduce you to an amazing healing resource which appears on a page of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). ‘The CMBM was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, M.D., a Harvard-educated professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School and former […]
10/03/2022

Marion’s Film Story: An Insight Into Noongar Culture, History & Life Experiences

I first became interested in Aboriginal culture and in Indigenous healing after reading Judy Atkinson’s wonderful book Trauma Trails: Recreating Song Lines – The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia. I developed the educational initiative Sharing Culture which aimed to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma. That website […]
04/03/2022

My Blog Posts Relating to Judy Atkinson

Here is another compilation of links to my blog posts on The Carrolup Story that are related to key themes or people. This complication focuses on the work of Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, the remarkable lady who first inspired me to work in the field of trauma and the […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
15/10/2021

Dr Bruce Perry on How To Transform Pain Into Power

‘I think of the most transformative people I have ever known, every single one of them had personal pain and traumatic experience that was a core element of who they became. And it didn’t crush them… Those people tend to have tremendous empathy for others who are struggling […]
28/09/2021

Stress, Trauma, and the Brain: Insights for Educators – Bruce Perry

One of the most amazing things that happened at Carrolup Native Settlement was the ability of Noel White to create an environment in his classroom that literally transformed his Aboriginal pupils. Quite simply, their behaviours and emotions changed markedly in a positive manner and their creative abilities were […]
27/09/2021

Marion’s Film Story, Part 2

I continue the series of films made by Mike Liu and I when we spent a day with Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, in York in September 2103. Marion is a Noongar from the Balardong language group. The first six […]
21/09/2021

Facilitating Healing at Carrolup, Part 2

I continue my article focused on the process of healing that occurred at Carrolup Native Settlement. These sections are taken from my eBook Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe. ‘Prior to November 1946, the children had been closeted away on the Settlement. However, they were taken to the […]
20/09/2021

Facilitating Healing at Carrolup, Part 1

Some of you will know one of the main reasons I became involved with the Carrolup story was because of my interest in the healing of trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction). I was looking for a story about the healing of trauma amongst Aboriginal […]
15/09/2021

Oprah Winfrey & Dr. Bruce Perry in Conversation: SXSW EDU 2021

‘Oprah Winfrey and leading child psychiatrist and neuroscientist Bruce Perry, MD, PhD explore the impact of childhood trauma on who we become, the decisions we make, and how healing must start with one question ‘what happened to you?’ in anticipation of a new co-authored book of the same […]
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