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Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar

Event Details
Date: 27th Jul 2018 27th July 2018
Venue: Adelaide, SA
CPD hrs: 8
Refer to listing. Early Bird rates available
Organiser: Generation Next
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The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar features leading experts in the field and addresses the issues affecting the mental health of young people today. Open to social workers, mental health professionals, teachers and frontline professionals working with youth, this unique event comprises a one day program of nine lectures as well as energiser sessions and quick updates from relevant youth mental health services and organisations working in the community. It provides practically relevant information and strategies that professionals can apply directly in their work supporting young people.

Attended by over 5,500 delegates nationally, we estimate that through them we have positively touched the lives of over 400,000 young people. In 2018, our program will include among others topical issues such as preventing depression in youth, understanding and responding to anxiety disorders in young people, managing anger, aggression and challenging emotions, mental health first aid, nurturing healthy minds and educating young people about the harms of porn. More information about the seminar program is available from our website.

Learning outcomes

Young people today are exposed to an overwhelming array of changing pressures, expectations and problems that are part of living in our complex modern world, with significant implications for their wellbeing. A key overarching learning objective of our seminars is to raise awareness of the latest issues and research into the key challenges affecting young people and their mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as equip the people working closest with them with the necessary skills and understanding to help them become more resilient.

Each year, specific issues are selected based on the latest research indicating what is most topical and relevant in youth mental health and emotional wellbeing. Some of the key learning objectives of our seminars in 2018 are as follows:

  1. Acquiring a better understanding of childhood and adolescent brain development as well as the impact of environmental factors on development, learning, behaviour and emotional regulation.
  2. Learning about common myths surrounding brain development and evidence-based strategies to nurture wellbeing among adolescents.
  3. In-depth learning about the adolescent brain, its development and emotional regulation ability.
  4. Understanding of the anger response in adolescents and strategies to help them better manage and cope with challenging feelings such as anger and aggression.
  5. Awareness and understanding of dominant cultural norms that encourage and ‘reward’ anger and aggression, in particular among boys, and strategies to help them better resist such pressures and channel anger in a positive way.
  6. Improved understanding of anxiety disorders, its development, types and the different pathways to anxiety for children and teens.
  7. Knowledge of effective, evidence-based strategies to better support children and young people with anxiety without exacerbating the condition.
  8. Knowledge of common myths and misperceptions in relation to talking with young people about mental health, mental illness, self-harm and suicide, and communication tips and strategies to tackle tricky conversations and discussions with them around these issues.
  9. Best practice policies and procedures for more effectively responding in a professional context to young people whose mental health is of concern.
  10. Improved understanding of how depression manifests in young people, warning signs particular to this age group and practical, easy-to-implement scientific, evidence-based prevention strategies.
  11. Improved understanding of how early exposure to pornography affects children and adolescents, in particular their brain development, understanding of sexuality and relationships, as well as their mental health.
  12. An age-by-age understanding of what children and adolescents need to know about pornography, how the information should be conveyed to them from a harm minimisation perspective, as well as communication tips and strategies to engage in difficult conversations about pornography with them.
  13. Understanding of the unique and interlinked challenges and pressures that girls face and that are impacting on their mental health, with a focus in particular on the individual and combined effect of social media, sexualisation, body image and eating disorders, and strategies to help build girls’ self-esteem and safeguard their mental and emotional wellbeing.
  14. Improved understanding of the challenges and ethics of the digital space, the tools and strategies available to promote the safe and responsible use of technology as well as how to foster ‘digital intelligence’ amongst youth.
  15. Evidence-based strategies, policies and procedures for better responding to cyberbullying, harassment and other online abuse involving young people.
  16. Understanding of the concept of social and emotional literacy, its contribution to youth wellbeing, and how to build such skills in young people.
  17. Improved understanding based on research into current youth drinking trends of the motivators to engage in and abstain from drinking, how to practically harness these to encourage young people to engage in healthy alcohol use and resist peer pressure, as well as strategies to say ‘No’ safely to alcohol.
  18. Awareness of the gamblification of social media and popular video and mobile games, in particular the strategies used to encourage young people to gamble, and how to educate youth about these to promote more responsible engagement with games and avoid financial distress.

Please note that not all learning objectives will be addressed in each location; at any given seminar at least two-thirds of these learning areas will be addressed. Please refer to individual seminar programs for more information.

Venue and date

Adelaide Town Hall

27th July 2018

9:00am - 5:00pm


Super Early Bird (until 1 June): $179 (online) / $199 (fax, mail or phone)
Early Bird (until 29 July): $199 (online) / $229 (fax, mail or phone)
Standard (after 29 July): $230 (online) / $250 (fax, mail or phone)


Fax:1300 797 792
Phone: 1300 797 794

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers