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The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar

Event Details
Date: 7th Jun 2019
Venue: Canberra, ACT
CPD hrs: 8

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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 not-for-profit event comprises of 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 to their work supporting young people.

Attended by over 6,000 delegates nationally, we estimate that through them we have positively touched the lives of over 500,000 young people. In 2019, our program will include among others topical issues such as choosing not to hate, attention and learning within the context of digital distractions, drugs and dance parties, emotional intelligence, stress management, e-safety, trauma, resilience, suicide postvention, building resilience and mental health for young people with disabilitity and conversations with troubled young people. More information about the seminar program is available from our website.

Learning objectives

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 2019 are as follows:

  1. Acquiring practical strategies to promote improved emotional regulation in adolescent students, with a focus in particular on improved understanding and management of challenging feelings
  2. 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.
  3. Understanding of the racist/hatred response in adolescents and young adults and learn strategies to help them better manage and cope with these challenging feelings.
  4. Understanding identity development and the change process towards more adaptive identities; how to use conversational strategies to create bridges and encourage shifting from undesired identities towards future options and potential; and strategies, techniques and methods available to encourage a positive mindset
  5. Improved understanding the way disability may impact on the development of resilience, how to build a social environment that enhances autonomy and agency of young people with disability and understand a developmental model that informs the identification of practical strategies for optimising health for young people with disability.
  6. Understanding of self-care practices and healthy coping strategies that can be taught to young people to help them cope better with distress, hurt, trauma and pain and gain skills to develop young people’s ability to navigate change.
  7. Improved knowledge of the concept of ‘resilience’ and awareness of the ‘state of youth’ when it comes to resilience and of strategies, techniques and methods available to teach and build resilience to students of different ages.
  8. Acquiring practical strategies to promote improved emotional regulation in adolescent students, with a focus in particular on improved understanding and management of challenging feelings such as anger and aggression and hatred.
  9. Improved knowledge of how different people respond to change, loss and grief and grief manifestations including different children’s reactions – ages, stages and other important considerations regarding ways children may react and cope.
  10. Improved knowledge of existing targeted and broad support services available in the community that can help vulnerable youth and how to access these.
  11. Acquiring knowledge and discussion of challenging stereotypes, prejudices and biases that may hinder our ability to relate to one another.
  12. Best practice, evidence-based strategies for tackling tricky questions and discussions around mental health, mental illness and suicide and knowledge and improved understanding of how to have more open conversations about mental health in particular regarding language, to remove the stigma around help-seeking more effectively respond in a professional context to young people whose mental health is of concern.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Evidence-based strategies, policies and procedures for better responding to bullying and harassment and as well as online abuse involving young people.
  17. Understanding the interpretations of the research on technology use and mental health and the introduction of a range of innovative strategies for fostering digital wellbeing and for helping young people of all ages maintain a happy, healthy relationship with their online world.
  18. Understanding of the concept of social and emotional literacy, its contribution to youth wellbeing, and how to build such skills and awareness in young people.
  19. Improved understanding of the current trends driving, influencing and impacting on youth drug use as it relates to party and nightlife environments and to improve knowledge around the strategies and interventions currently available to improve the safety of young people attending these environments.

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.

Presenter details

  • Andrew Fuller, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Jane Tracy, Medical Practitioner
  • Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE FRSA, Founder M.A.D for Peace, author, motivational speaker
  • Matt X, Preventing Violent Extremist Consultant
  • Fiona McCallum, General Manager for Good Grief
  • Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer for Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner
  • Kristen Douglas Head of Headspace in Schools
  • Dr Kristy Goodwin Researcher and Honorary Associate for the Institute of Early Childhood Macquarie University
  • Paul Dillon Educator Drug and Alcohol Research Training Australia
  • Leonie Everett Psychologist hons headspace
  • Adrian Larkin Social Worker headspace
  • Collett Smart Psychologist, Educator and writer
  • Johnny Shannon Motivational speaker, tech entrepreneur and youth worker

Location and date

Llewellyn Hall
Australian National University

7 June 2019


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Super Early Bird (until 22 March) $179 $199
Early Bird (until 10 May) $199 $229
Standard $250 $285
Group (3+) discount 3 or more must be in a single transaction $160pp $160pp


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