Key Media Opportunities: 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, 28 September – 2 October 2005

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Have you got a moody teenager? Have you ever tried e-therapy or heard of e-motional healing? Are you struggling with a lazy teenager and not sure if there might be an underlying problem?

These are some of the topics that will feature at the 40th Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference from 28 September – 2 October in Melbourne.

Themed Past Reflections, Future Directions; the key stories include:

Is there a problem or are they just lazy?
Does your teenager bring home their report card with comments such as ‘lazy’, ‘needs to make more effort’ or ‘needs to try harder’?

Later school classes to curb sleep-deprived, moody teens
Schools should start classes later in the day to curb moody teens according to a recent Australian study by psychologists.

New research reveals Australian’s are taking to e-therapy in their droves
Research by psychologists reveals Australian’s are increasingly turning to the Internet to seek advice on relationships, stress, depression and personal growth.

Aussie teens turn to Internet for e-motional healing
In one of the largest studies of its kind 17,000 year 10 students were surveyed by psychologists about their use of the Internet to seek counseling and advice for personal problems.

Homeless youth from Melbourne’s East at higher than average risk of suicide
Disenfranchised youth in Melbourne’s outer Eastern region are at higher than average risk of committing suicide than other Melbourne teenagers according to the results of a survey to be launched at the conference.

Condolences and religious sentiment cool comfort to families bereaved by suicide
Suicide is a phenomenon in epidemic proportions and mental health workers are at the front line of supporting the families left behind.

Delving into dreams to treat victims of war
Research into the traumatic affects of war and its impact, including the surprising discovery of a single dream plaguing victims of war.

Keynote presentations include:

  • Will the Internet change the way we access psychological therapy? - Professor Gerhard Andersson, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Psychological well-being and health: what are the connections? - Professor Carol D. Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • New hope for troubled children - Professor Mark Dadds, University of New South Wales
  • Group mentality: A determinant of behaviour - Professor Deborah Terry, University of Queensland

Free Public Forum

A special event at this years conference is a Free Public Forum:

Getting violent - Do we have to?

When: Thursday 29 September, 6 - 7.30pm
Where: Promenade Room, Level 2, Crown Promenade Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne
What: Today's youth are growing up on a media diet of violent images and watching many of their role models display aggressive, violent or unethical behaviour.

The Australian Psychological Society invites you to join Terry Laidler and other panelists including:

  • Jim Stynes - CEO of Reach and former AFL player;
  • Marg D’Arcy - Program Manager CASA, Royal Women’s Hospital;
  • Michael Carr-Gregg - psychologist; and
  • Helen Barnacle - Legal rights and social justice activist.

Does watching violence on TV and playing violent video games makepeople more violent? Most importantly, what can adults do to protect young people from the impact of violence, and grow healthy, well-adjusted youths who have learnt - and believe - that there are more effective ways of behaving than using violence?

For further information on any of the outlined stories, please contact Elaine Grant on 0412 683 068 or Karalee Evans on 0409 239 948.