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April 21, 2017

GENOGRAMS: WHEN A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Dovetail developed a short video on developing a genogram back in 2016, and we wanted to share it again for those of you who haven't come across it yet. A Genogram is a useful tool for workers to help gather information about a young person's family and the quality of their relationships with significant others. This video shows workers how to use genograms in practice, as well as a symbol key so you can start doing your own genograms today! Watch "Genograms: When a picture is worth a thousand words"

For more information about working with young people and their families, you can order free copies of Dovetail's Guide 5 "Working With Families and Significant Others" by sending us an email at info@dovetail.org.au, or you can view the guide online at this link.

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April 14, 2017

STRENGTHENING PREVENTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES FOR FAMILIES

Family and Relationship Services Australia commissioned a report that looks at ways of increasing family-based prevention and early intervention services for families. Eight health and social problems were identified that could benefit from early intervention from family and relationship services.  This includes alcohol and other drug use, antisocial behaviour, obesity, mental illness, developmental injury (such as FASD and child neglect and abuse), chronic illness, school failure and social exclusion.

Download "Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future"

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March 10, 2017

THE VIEWS OF CHILDREN IN FAMILY COURT DISPUTES

Many workers have found themselves involved in Family Court proceedings.  Whether it's just supporting a young person through a custody dispute, or something more involved like being subpoenaed to give evidence, Family Court proceedings can be lengthy and complicated.  Recently, Radio National's "Law Report" featured an episode titled "The views of children in Family Court disputes."  The 30 minute radio program looks at a recent High Court decision that overruled the views of two children aged 17 and 15 in a Family Court dispute.  The case highlights the role of the Independent Children's Lawyer, and provides an overview of the complexity of these decisions.


Go to "The views of children in Family Court disputes"

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June 30, 2016

DOVETAIL GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE 5 LAUNCHED: WORKING WITH FAMILIES AND SIGNIFICANT OTHERS

The team at Dovetail are very excited to announce the launch of the fifth youth alcohol and drug good practice guide "Working with families and significant others."  The guide is designed to assist workers engage with families, when the young person is the primary client. It includes an overview of family responsive practice, strategies for mapping a young person's relationships and ways to engage families and significant others. It also addresses issues including when not to include families and significant others, understanding the impacts of parental abuse and neglect, and the impacts of problematic familial substance use. The guide also contains a "Family Responsive Youth Service Tool (FRYS-T)" which is a self-assessment tool for services to reflect on their family responsiveness and map out areas for improvement. This resource is part of a series of Queensland Health initiatives designed to support individuals, families and workers to better respond to the effects of 'ice' crystal methamphetamine across Queensland.

The good practice guide is available electronically from this link, or you can order free print copies by emailing the team at info@dovetail.org.au

 

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June 10, 2016

ReachOut.Com for Parents

ReachOut.com/Parents is a free online service providing evidence-based practical support and tips that encourage effective communication and relationships between parents and young people aged 12-18 years, as well as easy-to-read information on a range of mental health and wellbeing issues. A key feature of ReachOut Parents is a peer-to-peer forum where parents can connect with each other to share experiences in an anonymous, supportive space. There will also be stories from parents, videos from child psychologists, and pathways for further support services if parents or young people are in serious distress.


Go to "ReachOut.Com for Parents"

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November 12, 2015

"HIDDEN HARM" FOUR CORNERS HIGHLIGHT ON FASD

The ABC Four Corners Program recently broadcast "Hidden Harm" highlighting the negative stigma, lack of support, and the difficulty accessing services that children born with FASD and their families face. The program showed, people born with FASD have the disability for life and the implications are far reaching.

Watch the program here.

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August 28, 2015

QUEENSLAND ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ACTION PLAN

The Queensland Mental Health Commission are currently in the process of developing a whole of government Queensland Alcohol and Other Drug Action Plan 2015 - 2017.  QNADA, the peak body for non-government alcohol and other drug organisations, is undertaking consultation on behalf of the Mental Health Commission.  This will include consultation events in the regions, but also online consultation.  QNADA has developed two online surveys: one for individual clients / people who use drugs, and another for families / carers and support people.  It's important that a wide range of views are included in the consultation, particularly young people.  If you work with young people who use alcohol and other drugs, or parents / carers please consider sharing this online survey. The survey only takes 5 - 10 minutes to complete and it's open until Friday 12th of September.  If you've got any questions about the survey, contact QNADA on (07) 3023 5050

For individual clients of treatment services / people who use drugs click here.

For family / carers / support people click here.

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May 1, 2015

DO YOUNG PEOPLE BENEFIT FROM FAMILY THERAPY FOR SUBSTANCE USE ISSUES?

The UK-based "Drug and Alcohol Findings" has published an article looking at the benefits of family therapy for adolescent substance use.  They consider the outcomes of a Dutch study which compared multidimensional family therapy to regular cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for young people with a cannabis use disorder.  The authors of this study found that the CBT alone was just as effective as multidimensional family therapy, except in those with the most severe problems.  The review from the team at "Drug and Alcohol Findings" includes discussion on possible reasons for this and includes links to other research with different outcomes.


Go to "Do heavily substance-using teenagers need family therapy?"

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August 30, 2013

SNAPSHOT 2013: CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN QUEENSLAND

The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian (CCYPCG) have published their annual "Snapshot 2013: Children and young people in Queensland".  The report pulls together national and state data on topic areas such as demographics, families, social and lifestyle issues, health, education, deaths, child protection and crime and justice.  The report provides a mixed picture.  There is some evidence that rates of teenage pregnancies continue to decline, and there continues to be a decrease in the proportions of children developmentally at risk when they commence schooling.  Areas of concern include the continued increase in the number of children and young people entering the child protection system, and increases in youth homelessness.

Download "Snapshot 2013: Children and Young People in Queensland" (2.1MB PDF)

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May 10, 2013

PLANNING FOR SAFETY WHEN WORKING WITH AT-RISK FAMILIES

The Australian Institute of Family Studies have published a resource guide titled "Planning for safety with at-risk families: Resource guide for workers in intensive home-based family support". This guide contains information that assists workers in developing safety plans when working with families including identifying safety concerns, understanding family strengths, setting goals and reviewing progress.  This document provides a useful framework for working collaboratively with families to maximise safety and enhance engagement.

Read "Planning for safety with at-risk families: Resource guide for workers in intensive home-based family support".

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