Rural, Remote and Regional Clinical Supervision Programmes for Youths

Distance supervision:  What does a focussed rural, remote and regional Clinical Supervision Programme contribute to clinical practice within a child and youth mental health setting? From the abstract The presentation will address the structure of the current practice supervision programme and outline the formal and informal links developed by positioning the programme within a major metropolitan CYMHS health district.  The presentation will highlight the additional benefits which augment the individual …

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Gender Diversity in Children: Where Are We?

A visible shift has occurred regarding support for children expressing diversity in gender identity and expression. Some parents are recognising gender diversity as young as age 2 (i.e. that their child’s assigned gender does not match the child’s reality) and are seeking support to raise a healthy and happy child. Research now tells us that the prevalence of gender diversity is around one percent and schools are now recognising the …

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13 Signs of Potential Mental Illness in a Child

Most parents have an instantaneous desire to protect their children. We tend to our children’s needs: If an unexplained rash appears, we see the doctor. If a fever spikes, we see the doctor. If a bone seems injured, we see the doctor. Visible wounds are relatively easy to recognize. It’s different when a child begins having problems at school or with friends, or if he or she becomes uncooperative and has inexplicable outbursts. Such …

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Support and Education for ADHD and LD Children in Japan

The 2017 Conference will be held at the Conference Centre, Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland from Monday 21 August – Wednesday 23 August 2017. Mika Nishiyama, Associate Professor for Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University joins us this year to discuss “Support and education for ADHD and LD children in Japan”. A government survey in 2012 showed that 6.5% of elementary and secondary schools students were found to have significant learning or …

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Dads can suffer depression after childbirth too

No matter how many books you read, nothing really prepares you for the birth of your first child. And that goes for dads, as well as mums. Wilfred Zee, 31, from Queensland thought he was prepared before the whirlwind arrived. “We had a natural birth with our first child, Nathan, and didn’t realise anything was wrong until two days later. My wife was trying to get out of bed to …

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Comprehensive Universal School-Based Early Child Screening

Comprehensive Universal School-Based Early Child Screening: Selecting item clusters, for the prediction and prevention of mental illness in adolescence and early adulthood. A validated scale based on early school assessment is needed to provide a comprehensive system to IDENTIFY mental health problems at Pre-school/Day Care, School Entry and Late Primary to prevent the occurrence of these problems in adolescence. Thompson and Carpenter (2014) emphasised that, “Students with mental health issues …

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Adolescent Internet Addiction

The roles of Parent-and-Child Mental Health and Parental Internet Addiction in Adolescent Internet Addiction Lawrence T. Lam Internet Addiction (IA) is a growing problem particularly among young people. Mental health in adolescents, such as Attention Deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and hostility, have been reported as co-morbidities of IA. On the other hand, familial and parental factors of adolescence IA have also been drawing attention and there has been …

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How to Talk to Teens and pre-Teens About Bullying Using Stories and Images

Mrs Toula Gordillo, Clinical Psychologist Talk to Teens presented at the 2015 No 2 Bullying Conference and today shares an update on her presentation ‘Is Your Child AWOL or ANOL?  How to Talk to Teens and pre-Teens About Bullying Using Stories and Images’. Metaphorical stories and symbolic images is how humanity has always sought to make sense of the world.  It is what separates us from the animal kingdom and …

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