Last year, a survey conducted by the University of WA, the biggest into child and teenage mental health in Australia, revealed thousands of Australian children and teenagers are experiencing serious mental health issues, but many parents have no idea what is going on, according to the groundbreaking national survey. Experts say the research is a wake-up call for parents and doctors to help them recognise when children are unwell, and an indicator of the huge need for more services to help young people deal with anxiety and depression. As many as one in 10 children, some as young as four, have mental health disorders according to the survey, which also found widespread self-harm as well as anxiety and depression. It's estimated about 560,000 children experienced a mental health disorder in the past year, with 1 in 13 children aged between 12 and 17 seriously considering suicide. One in 20 had already picked a place to do it. The latest ABS statistics on youth suicide show a 50% increase since 2005, and that 1 in 7 primary and 1 in 4 secondary students have a DSM diagnosis. This workshop is for workers with young people in health, education and welfare spheres. Using a mixture of didactic and case study sessions, participants will be taken through the latest research on youth mental health, help seeking trends, and a number of useful paradigms for knowing when to worry will be demonstrated. These include an understanding of the developmental stages, developmental tasks, risk and protective frameworks, and a model for assessing resilience.
Upon completion of this study group, participants will have:
- Learned the latest research on prevalence of psychological problems in young people
- Received tips to increase engagement and rapport
- Been introduced to 4 clinical screening paradigms which they will be able to use in assessing young people
- Learned how to use technology as an adjunct in the assessment process
- Worked in a group to assess a case study of a young person.
*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.
About the presenter(s)
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (BA (Hons) MA, PhD) works as a nationally registered psychologist in the child and adolescent area. For 7 years he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology workshops and seminars that make a difference to the health and wellbeing of young people. His training and approach incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness skills and interventions drawn from positive psychology research. Michael has been a columnist for a number of publications including The Huffington Post (Australia), Girlfriend Magazine and is the resident parenting expert on Ch 7's Sunrise as well as Psychologist for the top rating Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW. He sits on the Board of the APS, Smiling Mind and Project Rockit.
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