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Resilience is the new buzz word and schools are rushing to adopt programs and methods that build resilience, but how are we faring? Andrew Fuller discusses effective strategies to build resilience in schools, where we can do better and the key challenge facing young people and schools today.

What are some of the myths and misperceptions around eating disorders? What is disordered eating and is it a concern? Find out the impact of body image concerns on healthy eating and wellbeing, and strategies to help prevent the onset of eating disorders in young people.

Matt X answers some of the questions posed by our audience after his presentation ‘Choosing Not to Hate’.

What are the crises affecting today’s young people and why do we need to actively reach out to help them through these tough times? Debra describes a number of effective, innovative ways to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing that we should all know about.

Electronic media can have a very positive influence but it can also be misused with unhealthy results on mind and body. Glenn will provide established strategies to shift children’s media usage in a positive direction.

To more effectively deal with this increasingly common issue it is important to understand the psychological factors that lead young people to play games excessively or addictively. James will identify some of the signs and symptoms of gaming addiction as well as the risk factors that are particularly significant with regard to young people, and hence provide ways to better prevent and manage it.

No-one disputes the dangers associated with kids engaging with social media. But it’s essential we aren’t consumed by moral panic at the expense of understanding the potential that social media affords society. Dan will outline strategies that delegates can use with young people to enhance their digital literacy, understanding of the world and perhaps even their job prospects.

Gill Hicks answers some of the questions posed by our audience after her presentation ‘What’s the Worst that Can Happen?’

Have you ever had a rock in your shoe? Remember how it absorbed your focus and distracted you from everything happening around you? Depression can be like that. This highly interactive, engaging presentation examines how four easy-to-apply empirically validated positive psychology strategies can reduce depression in teens and help them (and the adults who care about them) lead fulfilling, happy lives.

In this insightful and optimistic presentation, Professor Tony Attwood discusses the learning and developmental needs of children and young people with autism, how best to support them to lead fulfilling lives in a world not designed for them, and the unique contributions they can make to society – if we allow them to.

Knowing that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness among children and young people, what can we do to better support those with the condition? Should children be taught about anxiety? Find out strategies that can help children cope with anxiety, what parents can do and where to find further resources and support.

What are some of the negative messages that children are internalising? Learn about the impact that these messages have on children.

It’s concerning to see so many boys at war with themselves and the world. Why are boys coming adrift from society? Why are they suffering such a keen sense of isolation? Why all the anger and confusion? Clearly there’s a serious disconnect between where boys are at, and where we need them to be. Is this because we still don’t fully understand their needs? Because we’re not sure about what male empowerment looks like anymore? What essential life skills are this new generation of boys missing out on? How best can we turn their very real sense of alienation around?

Matt X answers some of the questions posed by our audience after his presentation 'Choosing Not to Hate'.