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Author Barnacle, Helen, 1953-

Title Don't let her see me cry : a mother's story / Helen Barnacle
Published Milsons Point, NSW : Random House, 2000


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 W'PONDS  362.29309945 Bar/Dlh  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary The powerful, heartbreaking and inspiring story of one woman's remarkable journey from a hopeless young heroin addict facing a 15-year prison sentence and the responsibility of caring for a newborn baby to a successful psychologist, drug counsellor, prison reform campaigner, and mother and best friend to Ali - the daughter who gave her the courage and determination to survive. It is a story of the power of the bond between a mother and daughter, a brother and sister, of finding love in the most unexpected places - and the incredible strength of the human spirit. Helen Barnacle had first to overcome her lifelong addiction with heroin, a crutch she had relied on since her youth to overcome her feelings of worthlessness. Thanks to the support of staff at Fairlea's Education Centre the former musician began to rediscover her love of music and study classical music, as well as writing and performing her own work for the Fairlea Drama Group, which evolved to the highly acclaimed Somebody's Daughter Theatre group. She also began a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in psychology. She completed post-graduate studies in psychology after leaving prison 12 years ago and over the next few years specialised in drug and alcohol related psychology. She has run seminars for judges and magistrates, counselled both drug workers and addicts, presented papers for national and international seminars, wrote the drug education booklet 'Tentative Steps' and rose to the position of Drug Program Director (TaskForce Community Agency). She also established a pilot project in the Juvenile Justice System using drama and the arts as therapy with young offenders
Audience Adult
Subject Barnacle, Helen, 1953-
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- Australia -- Victoria.
Drug addicts -- Australia -- Victoria.
Psychologists -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.
Psychologists -- Australia -- Victoria.
Women prisoners -- Australia -- Biography.
Women prisoners -- Australia -- Victoria -- Biography.
Women prisoners -- Australia -- Victoria.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 1863252266