Do you sometimes find it hard to understand adolescent children?
Do you want to find out what cyberbullying really is?
The School of Psychology is pleased to host four webinars for school teachers and parents to learn more about adolescent issues.
This is a unique opportunity for you to hear from our Counselling and Psychology staff who are practitioners and researchers actively involved in the field.
Dates and webinar topics
Monday 15 May (Developmental issues) - view recording at the link below
Monday 19 June (Cyberbullying) - view recording at the link below
Monday 24 July (Body image and weight) - view recording at the link below
Wednesday 13 September (Career planning) - view recording at the link below
60 min (45 min presentation with 15 min questions and answers)
Survey prize winner
Thank you to participants who have completed our evaluation survey. Congratulations to the draw prize winner, Lawrence Moore from Camberwell High School in Melbourne.
13 September: Career planning
Have you considered what a career with training in psychology or counselling would be like? ACU's School of Psychology invites you to a webinar session on Career planning. Hear from Dr Carina Chan, who will outline the range of careers to which a degree in psychology or counselling can lead, what it is like to be a psychologist or counsellor, and careers our alumni have pursued in these exciting fields.
Dr Carina Chan is Deputy Head of the School of Psychology QLD at ACU. Trained as a health psychologist in New Zealand, she has worked as an academic in New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia. Her areas of expertise include psychosocial interventions for chronic disease prevention and management and psychosocial factors associated with health behaviour change.
24 July: Body image dissatisfaction and weight concerns
For generations, media images have placed pressure on young women to conform to a stereotypical ‘ideal’ body shape and, in recent years, young men have increasingly been exposed to similar pressure. Associate Professor Jane Scott will discuss the impact of body image dissatisfaction and weight concerns in adolescents, including the adverse mental and physical health conditions that can arise in the context of these concerns. Jane will talk about ways in which parents and teachers can identify the concerns early and intervene appropriately.
Jane is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at ACU’s School of Psychology QLD, where she coordinates the Master of Psychology (Clinical) course. She has extensive clinical and research experience in the areas of eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction.
In this webinar, Dr Verena Pritchard will discuss contemporary evidence based research on the implicit effects of cyberbullying content via social media sites on bystander behaviour, alongside the importance of considering the influence of group size on preventive efforts online and identifying victims most at risk of psychological harm. Further discussion focuses on why we should go beyond the hype of consequences for victims to consider:
a) why cyberbullies behave the way they do and, b) how a proposed new self-help intervention app (copyright pending) developed in conjunction with NZ based company STICKMEN media that is based on decision making under conditions of uncertainty might help reduce bullying and increase empathy.
Verena lectures across a wide range of disciplines in psychology, including counselling at ACU’s School of Psychology QLD. She specialises in developmental and cognitive psychology and has worked in NZ and the UK. She has research expertise in the use of selective attention and working memory to study psychological phenomena, paediatric psychology and the educational outcomes of at risk children.
Join Dr Kimberley Mallan, Lecturer in Psychology at ACU’s School of Psychology QLD in her discussion on developmental issues that make adolescence a time of tremendous physical, emotional and behavioural change. Kimberley will talk about how these changes not only affect adolescents themselves but those around them. She will also discuss how this period can be a time of “storm and stress” but also a time for growth, enhancing the formation of personal identity and strengthening of social relationships. Kimberley will conclude by discussing the post-adolescent period known as “emerging adulthood” that has been identified as a new and distinct stage between adolescence and adulthood.
Kimberley lectures in foundational psychology and lifespan development. Her area of expertise includes the development of ‘obesity-risk’ eating behaviours across the lifespan and parent-child interactions in infancy and early childhood.