This paper is designed to encourage practitioners to critically reflect on the role diagnostic systems play in their work with children and families.
CFCA produces a range of publications. These include CFCA Papers, which offer an objective exploration of how research applies to policy and practice, and are written by or in collaboration with expert researchers and service providers. CFCA Resource Sheets and Practitioner Resources are shorter papers that focus on a specific issue in depth.
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A four-guide series on developmental differences intended for professionals supporting vulnerable children and their families.
Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Emotional dysregulation (practice guide 1 of 4)
The focus of this resource is emotional dysregulation; which may put a child at increased risk of social and emotional difficulties over time.
Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Diminished social reward (practice guide 2 of 4)
This resource focuses on diminished response to social reward; which we believe may put a child at increased risk of developing depression over time.
Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Difficulty with executive functioning (practice guide 3 of 4)
A resource on difficulty with executive functioning; which we believe may put a child at increased risk of learning and behavioural issues over time.
Developmental differences in children who have experienced adversity: Threat bias (practice guide 4 of 4)
This series of practitioner resources describes four areas of developmental difference and outlines principles for supporting affected children.
Outlines ways in which practitioners can support healing and recovery in families affected by parental mental illness
This paper reviews the evidence for the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy, and outlines the factors that contribute to its success
A broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature on paternal mental illness
Australian research into FIFO work practices suggests this lifestyle has a range of effects on children and on family relationships.