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Helpful, powerful reminders are an important part of our vitality and health, and that can all begin with a little bit of gratitude. Just imagine, you’re sitting there at your desk and your mobile phone vibrates each hour, sending through a positive text message and helping you to remember just how great you can be....
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When we are in control, we can choose to have green, helpful thoughts instead of red, unhelpful thoughts. That means changing your self-talk from, “I can’t do this,” to, “I can try my best!” It’s normal to have both of these kinds of thoughts, but how we act on them is what truly counts!
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Firstly, just let me say it was wonderful for M to be part of such an organised and professionally run workshop for young adults. All the professionals at the workshop related so well to the children and showed great respect for the children’s opinions and ideas, gently collecting ideas the children may have. M has...
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MR, 8 years. “I had the most fun ever at Friends for Life. I learned so much about how cool it is to be ok with all my emotions. I couldn’t wait to do the program every day of the school holidays. I’m going to miss the friends that I made so so so much....
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Spanning from the 22nd to the 25th of June, the Melbourne convention and exhibition centre held the 8th World Congress of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, which was a great opportunity for our resilience programs across multiple countries to learn from one another on how to help children and families become more resilient. On Thursday the...
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An end to our Term 2, Paula Barrett’s FRIENDS programs brought with it many FRIENDS positive outcomes for the FRIENDS team and participating families alike. Being empathetic and grateful were key concepts taught in both the parent and children’s sessions, resulting in many changes The to people’s interactions with others. For example, one parent noted that their daughter...
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The friends program, is an evidence based program with 20 years of research which has been conducted both locally and overseas. This program has shown that we can effectively decrease anxiety and depression within children. The FRIENDS Programs also aligns to teach positive thinking, resilience, self-regulation, social skills and empathy for others. The letters for...
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Starting something new can be quite scary. Like the first day of school – there are new people to meet, new names to learn and a whole new environment to get comfortable in. It takes a lot of confidence and that is something the children (aged 7-11) in our first Friends for Life holiday intensives...
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“I am grateful for having a kind and caring mother.” “I am grateful for my animal friend – dog.” “I am grateful for spaghetti, I love spaghetti.” “I am grateful for having enough money to go to school.” Whether big or small, the great experiences, people in our lives and our potential to succeed are...
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