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August 2019

When talking is daunting: tips from a psychologist

By |2019-08-19T12:13:18+10:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

As a clinical psychologist formerly working in psychiatric crisis teams, Andrew Fuller has had more than his share of conversations with troubled young people. Nevertheless, he’s aware that most of these conversations don’t start with a mental health professional. So regardless of how ill-equipped you feel to have these conversations, when a young person comes [...]

Group punishment doesn’t fix behaviour – it just makes kids hate school

By |2019-08-05T16:50:36+10:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Education, Uncategorized|

Classroom management is consistently seen as a source of stress for beginning teachers. It’s also one of the main reasons cited for teachers leaving the profession. So, it’s no surprise teachers try to use classroom management strategies that appear to be effective at changing problematic student behaviour. Group, or collective, punishment is one such approach. [...]

Help for childhood insomnia

By |2019-08-19T12:13:18+10:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Sleep|Tags: , , , |

As the day ends and evening begins, some parents are getting ready for a serious task. Not because they are preparing for a late shift at work, but because they are about to confront the battle of their children’s bedtime. And we’re not talking about infants or toddlers. These are school-aged children who suffer from [...]

July 2019

Monotasking: A crucial skill for connected kids

By |2019-08-05T11:24:17+10:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |

When it comes to excessive device use, there’s nothing wrong with young people – they’re just the first generation ever to grow up with unprecedented access to technology that's been specifically designed to exploit weaknesses in human psychology, says digital wellbeing and learning researcher and educator Dr Kristy Goodwin. According to Dr Goodwin, who spoke [...]

Dissociative disorders are nearly as common as depression. Why haven’t we heard about them?

By |2019-07-29T14:43:14+10:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Trauma|Tags: , , , |

Dissociative disorders are often said to be rare. But our soon-to-be published analysis of international studies suggest they affect 10-11% of the population at some point in their lives. This makes them nearly as common as mood disorders (such as clinical depression). So what are dissociative disorders, why is diagnosis controversial and how can people [...]

Tree cover a ‘superfood’ for community mental health?

By |2019-07-29T14:43:15+10:00July 29th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Increasing tree canopy and green cover across Greater Sydney and increasing the proportion of homes in urban areas within 10 minutes’ walk of quality green, open and public space are among the New South Wales premier’s new priorities. Cities around Australia have similar goals. In our latest study, we asked if more of any green [...]

What working in a male prison taught me about mothering boys

By |2019-08-19T13:20:22+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Having your child end up in prison must be close to the ultimate fear for any parent. So it's natural that when the author of this article started running anger management groups with violent offenders in prison, she wanted to know how to help her sons avoid the same fate. Some of the things she [...]

9 family routines to raise kind kids

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

With all the emphasis on academic performance now being placed on young people, it can be easy for emotional learning to fall by the wayside. We might, if prompted, agree that we want our kids (or students, or the kids we work with) to be kind, but how much action do we take to make [...]

Paul Dillon: 5% of year 10 students have tried MDMA

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

'MDMA is the drug of the moment', with a marked spike in young people expressing concern for their peers who are using an 'unprecedented' amount of this and other drugs, according to drug researcher and educator Paul Dillon. At a recent coronial inquest into NSW music festival deaths, Dillon stated that the lack of early [...]

The Power of Vulnerability for Student Wellbeing

By |2019-07-25T13:56:07+10:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Adolescence is a period of immense physical and emotional vulnerability. For most of us vulnerability has negative connotations – we see it as a weakness and something we should try to avoid. Vulnerability is defined as being easily hurt, influenced or attacked, so it makes sense that we try to avoid it at all costs! [...]