Mental Health Seminar 2018 - National Conference

National Conference

Open to all Teachers, Nurses, Parents, Councillors, Chaplains, well-being workers and anyone interested in the well being of our youth in 2018

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“An expose of stories, real life strategies and solutions from the experts - A day NOT to be missed”

Program & Presenters

Registration From 8:30 am

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg 09:00 - 10:00 am

What is the state of Australia’s Mental Health?

Australia’s youth suicide rate is the highest in ten years and 1 in10 Australian girls are self-harming. Last year, a joint report produced by the Black Dog Institute and Mission Australia showed one in four Australian teenagers met the criteria for experiencing a “probable serious mental illness”.
A retrospective study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, found that between 2010 and 2014, the number of mental health-related presentations to emergency departments had tripled and the presentation rates for self harm had doubled. All of this is despite the presence of worthwhile and well designed programs like beyondblue, RU OK DAY, mindmatters and kidsmatters. This presentation argues that there is a missing piece and the answer lies in parent education.
Instead of parents outsourcing responsibility to schools – it is time that parents played their part.

Morning Tea 10:00 - 10:30 am

Jackie Sikic 10:35 - 11:40 am

Supporting emotional regulation in Adolescents.

Emotional regulation difficulties, and often associated mental health and behavioural challenges, can impact significantly on a young person’s participation in the classroom. This presentation will aim to provide attendees with an understanding of both emotional regulation and how behaviours seen in adolescents can help us identify a starting point for intervention. Additionally, it will endeavour to make sense of sensory, social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural strategies from a person centred and practical perspective, whilst also considering the class as a unit. When the right strategies are implemented in a collaborative and consistent way, we are creating a classroom that fosters positive mental health, whilst up-skilling individuals who require more support in this area.

Mandy & Rod McCracken 11:40 - 12:40 pm

Trauma, families and the school community: an end users perspective.

Rod McCracken left his role as a House Co-ordinator at Assumption College Kilmore when his wife Mandy lost all four limbs from Sepsis. The impact was felt throughout Kilmore’s community as they lost one of their beloved teachers, watched a young mother fight for her life and stood beside their three young daughters as they processed their new world. Together Rod and Mandy share how trauma impacts a family and school community. With strategies for your students, classrooms and beyond, the concept of Post Traumatic Growth will allow you to assist students and teachers through many of life’s challenges.

Lunch 12:45 - 1:30 pm

Jeremy Samson 1:35 - 2:35 pm

Managing Autism - Asperger’s Syndrome in the Classroom Environment.

Jeremy Samson is an award winning certified Personal Trainer and Neurospsychotherapy Practitioner recognised nationally and internationally for his successful Time 2 Train Asperger’s Program. Jeremy has overcome the difficult traits of Asperger’s through a successful career in life. Learn from Jeremy and his very simple, effective practical strategies to help educate primary and secondary school teachers, counsellors and most importantly parents, on how to create a safe learning environment experience for individuals with Autism - Asperger’s Syndrome.

Jules Haddock 2:35 - 3:35 pm

Creatively Managing Anxiety.

Owner of The Anxious Bird and president of Art of The Minds INC (artoftheminds.org.au theanxiousbird.org.au) This engaging, humorous and lived “mad artist” will address the importance of understanding anxiety in supporting people, where anxiety creates barriers to life’s adventures and opportunities. Creative approaches in co-actively engaging anxiety and developing person centred tools for management in recovery, will be unpacked, in assisting confidence in our conversations and strategies for supporting those affected by anxiety.
We can’t remove anxiety from the world, but we can assist all people to manage anxiety with creative and artistic flare!

10 Minute Afternoon Break 3:35 - 3:45 pm

Greg Mitchell 3:45 - 4:35 pm

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Classroom.

We have an ever increasing number of students with mental health problems in everyday classrooms and as a result an increase in teacher stress and parent anxiety. What are the simple everyday procedures and tactics that teachers can use to encourage students to become confident, settled and focused on learning?
This presentation is designed to help schools consider their routines and procedure to deliver a crowded curriculum to fearful students.
Greg will explore; How well does your “customer experience” flow plan work? Classroom entry procedures that produce welcome calm.
Teaching strategies that make students “braver” rather than “less scared”. How to teach altruism to combat narcissism. How to embed emotional intelligence into daily activities.
How to build “universal mindset” that can be adapted to nearly every situation you are confronted with. This is an engaging but challenging presentation which involves you in the techniques and tactics that it seeks to teach.

Event Details:


Friday 12th October 2018

  8.30am - 4.35pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Sketch, Shed 14, Central Pier,

Docklands, Melbourne

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  Open to all Teachers, Nurses, Parents, Councillors, Chaplains, well-being workers and anyone interested in the well being of our youth in 2018
  $AU 399 GST Incl.

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