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Its not about the nail


This is my all-time favourite video. My grandad used to say “two ears one mouth, use them in that ratio” and this short video illustrates perfectly the power of just listening rather than trying to find a solution

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The still face experiment

Dr Edward Tronick’s clear and shocking demonstration of the speed and depth of the impact on infants when parents aren’t able to respond to their emotional needs


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Five Ways to wellbeing

Developed by the New Economics Foundation, these five practices help us to feel good. You can give these to clients (or download one for yourself) and suggest that, at the end of the day, they tick off any that they've achieved. Each sheet covers a week of wellbeing.


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Cycle of Change

We use this a lot with clients who drink/use substances to explain how change happens, but families find it incredibly useful to understand this process too


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Brene Brown on empathy


Taken from her TED talk, this short animation really nails the quality of empathy. Love it

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A great icebreaker. These alcohol-related phrases demonstrate how ingrained our alcohol culture is. If you have trouble working any of them out - get in touch.


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Mediation Technique

Great for developing skills for resolving conflict. I use these with family members of substance users.



Audit Tool

This is the gold standard in identifying risky drinking. Everyone should use this, all the time! Also available as an online quiz here.


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Welsh ACES video


 I love this explanation of the impact of ACES on children and adults from Public Health Network Cymru. Very powerful.

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Emotions Cards

A lovely resource to help clients let you know how they're feeling. Great with children and young people too


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Superpower Cards

There are a million uses for these. You can use them with individuals, families, young and old. Help people to identify their strengths and how they can transfer these to effect change in their current situation. If you're stuck for ideas - call me!