Speakers and facilitators at our 2017 seminars and programs include:
Creative Director, Arts Health Institute
Since creating and co-founding the Humour Foundation and their Clown Doctor Program in 1996, Jean-Paul has been showing the world that laughter is the best medicine. In 2010 he published a book; Laughter is the Best Medicine, which chronicles the experiences of a number of Clown Doctors as they do their rounds at children’s hospitals around Australia.
The Clown Doctor Program benefits patients, family and the entire hospital community, bringing fun and laughter to sick children in hospital, providing diversional therapy and giving the chance for families to reconnect through laughter.
Jean-Paul is also known for taking his physical comedy to war torn countries like Afghanistan and East Timor, as shown on the ABC documentary Honeymoon in Kabul.
Educator, Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia
Paul Dillon has been working in the area of drug education for the past 25 years and continues to work with young people and their families across the country. He has been contracted by many agencies and organisations to give regular updates on current drug trends within the community. He has recently published a book ‘Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs’, released nationally in February 2009. Paul is regarded as a key social commentator in Australia, and has appeared on a wide range of television programs including Sunrise, Today and A Current Affair discussing topical issues.
See http://darta.net.au and http://doingdrugs-darta.blogspot.com.au
Psychotherapist and Founder, NetAddiction NZ
James Driver is a psychotherapist working both in private practice and with the Salvation Army’s drug and alcohol addiction service. He has a particular interest in gaming addictions, stemming from his own experience of being addicted to gaming as a teenager.
James has researched the experiences of people with gaming addiction who have received treatment for the problem, and provides clinical training around working with this client group. He is the founder of NetAddiction NZ, a resource site for people wanting to understand or overcome gaming addiction.
Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist, Inyahead
Andrew has recently been described as an ‘interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane’ and as someone who ‘puts the heart back into psychology’. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has recently been the scientific consultant for the ABC on a 5 episode series called Whatever: the science of the teenage brain. He has also been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children¹s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. Andrew is author of the best selling Life: A Guide, Tricky Kids and Tricky People and the Brain Based e-manual.
Senior Education Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
Greg Gebhart is the senior education trainer for the office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. Greg is one of Australia’s leading experts on cybersafety and has provided presentations to more than 300,000 students, teachers and parents. Greg is wildly recognised for his passion for education technology and cybersafety and has been awarded several national and international awards.
Teacher, Writer, Consultant
Dan Haesler has worked with young people for over 20 years. He also consults to education departments, schools, not-for-profits and corporate companies around issues of engagement and wellbeing in young people. From being Head of Year 10 in one of England’s largest inner-city schools to his position of Head of House in a school in Sydney, throughout his career, Dan has worked with students, teachers, parents and wider communities from all walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds. He is passionate about equity in education and engaging our hardest-to-reach kids. You can read his regular School of Thought column in Australian Teacher Magazine.
Writer, Researcher, Social Commentator
Maggie Hamilton is a writer and researcher. She is also a regular media commentator and keen observer of social trends. Maggie has written several books that have been published around the world, including What Men Don’t Talk About, What’s Happening to Our Girls? and What’s Happening to Our Boys?
Prof Jennie Hudson
Director, Centre for Emotional Health, Department of Psychology, Macquarie University
Professor Jennie Hudson is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University.
Jennie’s research focuses on understanding the factors that contribute to children’s emotional health and working to improve the services available to children experiencing anxiety and other emotional disorders, as well as their families. Hudson co-authored the book “Treating anxious children: An evidence-based approach” (2000) and edited “Psychopathology and the Family” (2006).
Her research has been published in national and international journals and her work has been cited over 1200 times in peer reviewed journals. She is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and is on the editorial board: Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and Behaviour Research and Therapy.
Dr Claire Kelly
Manager of Youth Programs, Mental Health First Aid Australia
Dr. Claire Kelly has been a provider on education for the public in mental health areas since 2003. She completed a PhD on the mental health literacy of adolescents in Australia in 2005, and has been working with Mental Health First Aid Australia ever since, in research, curriculum development and training. Claire is passionate about the mental health of young people, having experienced mental illness in her adolescence and young adulthood, and having an understanding of how difficult it is to seek or accept help during these important years, and knowing how important it is to do so.
Founder, Speaker and Author, Youth Excel
Michelle worked as a teacher before founding Youth Excel in 2000, a charity which supports thousands of young people each year through education and psychological services.
Michelle is an honest and hope filled speaker. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, Today Tonight and Channel 10 Morning News, as well as countless print media including The Age, The Courier Mail and Women’s Weekly.
Michelle advocates for families and believes that safe choices, dependable role models and positive activity are critical in young people’s lives. She has a special interest in mental health and self-harm.