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Teenagers and Risky Behaviours Conference

Two-Day Conference for Professionals

Teenagers and Risky Behaviours Conference 2020 - Sydney
Sydney

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Surry Hills
27 - 28 Feb 2020
Rydges Sydney Central,
28 Albion Street

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$629.00
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Why Attend

Come to this important conference on teenage health. Learn about some of the tough issues that are confronting teenagers, their families, and schools. Topics include:

  • The age of consent
  • Images of the body
  • Peer pressure everywhere
  • Drugs
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Building resilient teenagers

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Schedule

Day One

8:30 Registration for Day One

9:00
Geoff Ahern

Teenagers – Every Teen Counts!

Because adolescence is a time of change and adaptation for many teens, it will be one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives. Healthy habits are laid down now … or not. For professionals who work with teenagers, knowing about healthy development is vital. This session looks at:

  • Are you ready to deal with the impact of physiological changes on a teen’s life?
  • How do hormones and puberty alter behaviours?
  • Is recklessness and immature decision-making a part of being a teenager?
  • How can we conduct a HEADDS assessment?
9:45
Rachel Skinner

The Rise and Damage of STIs

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are highest in people 15-24 years of age. However, their symptoms may be silent. This session looks at these common infections and asks:

  • Which STIs are teenagers most likely to contract?
  • What happens when these infections are not treated?
  • What about screening?
  • How are STIs treated when antibiotic resistance is a real concern?
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Geoff Ahern

Do It! Peer Pressure and Teenagers

This session will highlight the impact of peer pressure on drug-taking in adolescents, with a focus on harm reduction, particularly during high-risk social events like music festivals or end-of-year celebrations, such as schoolies. It will include practical strategies on how to conduct difficult conversations and looks at types of events linked with party drug use in adolescents. Discuss:

  • The strategies most likely to work to prevent the use of party drugs in adolescents
  • Talking about party drugs – conducting difficult conversations with adolescents
  • How to engage and promote harm reduction – a therapeutic approach
12:00
Louise Hardy

Weighty Issues – Overweight and Obesity in Teenagers

Though teenagers are usually known to be active, teenagers are at risk of overweight or obesity. This session will discuss weight in adolescents and associated behaviours (i.e., screen time, inactivity, unhealthy diets), and includes the following:

  • Current HNMRC guidelines
  • National recommendations on overweight and obesity
  • Apps which may be helpful
1:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00
Caroline Hunt

Cyber-Bullying – How to Support a Teenager

We all know that cyber-bullying in adolescents is very common and potentially fatal. However, it is a subtle and difficult to discover activity. What should you do? This session discusses:

  • What are the cues that a teenager is being cyber-bullied?
  • Who are the likely perpetrators?
  • What steps can be taken to protect teenagers from cyber-bullying?
  • What actions should you take if cyber-bullying is occurring?
  • Who should be notified?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:30
Mark Williams

Battery Low: The Negative Effects of Smartphone Use on the Teen Brain

Though smartphone use in teenage years is considered normal, the overuse of smartphones may be detrimental to a teen's health. This session will discuss the potential negative impact of smartphones on teens, including:

  • What are the effects of smartphone use on stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and suicidal thoughts?
  • Does smartphone use cause a decrease in socialising, physical activity, sleep, cognitive functions and memory?
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00 Commencement of Day Two

9:00
Alan McKee

Let’s Talk About Sex

Talking to teenagers about sex and their health is usually difficult and, therefore, avoided. However, assumptions about levels of sexual knowledge and literacy may be misplaced. This session will look at how to talk about sex in a healthy and positive way. It includes:

  • The broader implications of adolescent sexual activity
  • Opening a discussion about sex and behaviour with a teenager without breaching personal boundaries
  • Sexual decision-making
  • Contraception and the morning after pill
  • Pornography – it’s not sex ed
9:45
Geoff Ahern

The Smoking Gun – Teens and Substance Use

There are many opportunities for teens to be introduced to both legal and illicit substances that can cause harm. This risky time when peer pressure is at its highest may result in alcohol and other drug use, which may forever alter the teen's life. This session explores:

  • Early signs of vulnerability to peer pressure substance use and misuse
  • Strategies to divert at-risk teens away from substance use and misuse
  • The signs of substance use and misuse
  • What to do when substances are being used if you discover a teenager is using or misusing a particular substance
  • Treatment options if addiction occurs and substance use becomes a problem
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Jessica Pratley

When Teens Sexually Assault Other Teens

Sexual assault between teenagers is a phenomenon that is not widely discussed and infrequently reported. However, it is likely to have devastating effects on the victim. Some perpetrators may offend more than once. This session includes:

  • What are the facts about teen-on-teen sexual assault?
  • Is it still sexual assault if penetration does not occur?
  • What are the indicators of teenage sexual assault?
  • What about mandatory reporting?
12:00
Jessica Pratley

Age of Consent?

There are many types of consent, which a teenager may or may not be able to legally give depending on age and other factors. Learn about:

  • Is it against the law for a 17-year-old to have sex with a 16-year-old?
  • Can a 15-year-old consent to tattoos or cosmetic breast implants?
  • Can a parent consent to a cosmetic procedure for their teenager?
  • Can parents provide alcohol for 16-year-olds at a party without breaking the law?
  • When does mandatory reporting cease?
1:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00
Thea Gumbert-Jourjon

Teens Behaving Badly – Behavioural Disorders in Teenagers

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and conduct disorder (CD) are common problem behaviours that may involve classroom disruption, bullying, failing to follow direction and outright disregard. This session will discover:

  • How to manage severe behavioural disruption
  • The latest theories on management
  • Disruptive, Impulse-Control and Conduct Disorders
  • ADHD
3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:30
Geoff Ahern

Bouncing Back – Building Resilient Teens

Yes, it is possible to build resilience in teens. Resilience is a major life skill that helps people throughout their life to positively cope with negativity and to overcome adversity. This session includes:

  • What is resilience?
  • Why can bad things be good for us?
  • Parenting – How can you keep your own fears and anxieties in check?
  • How do you help a teenager develop resilience?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Approximately 12 to 13 percent of the Australian population consists of 15-25-year-olds. However, the adolescent environment, the bridge between childhood and adulthood, together with bodily changes, may make physical, mental, and social development riskier. Some teenagers have concerns about their health, e.g. their body image and their sexuality. Others disregard their health in quite significant ways, including the use of damaging recreational substances. Promoting healthy habits in teenagers and diverting them from destructive behaviours is the responsibility of all those in positions of professional influence.

Purpose of Program

This program provides insights about teenage health concerns and strategies for promoting a road to a hale and hearty adulthood.

Your learning outcomes:

Understand the many changes that teenagers are faced with and how these impact on their behaviours and moods
Use communication tools relevant to teenagers to promote healthy behaviours and lifestyles during puberty and beyond
Identify and act on early warning signs of risky behaviours and social problems to minimise untoward outcomes on normal development
Engage with relevant referral services and organisations involved with advancing adolescent health to foster a holistic approach to healthy adulthood

Presenters

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Rachel Skinner

Adolescent Physican in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health based at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. A major focus of her research and clinical expertise is teenage sexual behaviour, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and sexual health education and promotion. Read More

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Alan McKee

Professor Alan McKee is an expert on entertainment and healthy sexual development. He holds an Australian Research Council Discovery grant entitled ‘Pornography’s effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data’. He recently completed a Wellcome Grant entitled ‘Investigating mediated sex and young people’s health and well-being’ and an ARC Linkage grant with True (previously Family Planning Queensland) to investigate the use of vulgar comedy to reach young men with information about healthy sexual development. He was co-editor of the Girlfriend Guide to Life and co-author of Pornography: structures agency and performance (Polity, 2015). He has published on healthy sexual development, and entertainment education for healthy sexuality in journals including the Archives of Sexual Behavior, the International Journal of Sexual Health, the Journal of Sex Research and Sex Education.  Read More

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Macquarie University. He has extensive experience in research and teaching and has authored 80+ publications. Concerned about the negative effects of over-use of technology on our human interactions, he is passionate about helping people to reconnect with what matters in the real world. Mark is currently making waves with his ‘Why Smartphones are Making us Dumb’ keynote and his challenging thinking on the over-use of technology in schools and workplaces. Mark is a CJ Martin (NHMRC) and a Queen Elisabeth II Fellowship awardee. Mark has studied brain plasticity, attention disorders, autism, prosopagnosia (face blindness), dementia and eating disorders. He has been at the cutting edge of developing computational brain imaging analysis and the adoption of new technologies like virtual reality in research. In addition to his teaching and research work at Macquarie University, Mark now runs programs for schools, parents, businesses, and individuals to address the many problems that technologies (like smartphones) are creating. Learning outcomes, resilience, curiosity, tolerance, and emotional intelligence are all declining whilst stress, anxiety, depression and suicide are rising. Money and technology alone are not the answer to innovative practices in our schools, workplaces, and society.  Read More

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Caroline Hunt

A/P Caroline Hunt is currently the Associate Head (Clinical) in the School of Psychology, at the University of Sydney. Caroline is also a Member of the University of Sydney's Clinical Training Advisory Committee and Deputy Chair of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Caroline has worked in the field of anxiety disorders for over 20 years and she is an author of a leading international reference book on the treatment of adult anxiety disorders. Over the past five years Caroline has initiated research in the prevention and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in early to middle adolescence and has also conducted significant research in the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders in younger children. She has also published research in school-based bullying, including the outcomes of a targeted intervention aimed to build coping skills against bullying, and a new measure of victimisation. Read More

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Louise Hardy

Louise Hardy is Senior Research Fellow at the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research Group (PANORG) based at the University of Sydney. Her research interests focus on the population measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviours among young people and the development of population based intervention strategies aimed at changing behaviours associated with the development of obesity. Read More

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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. Read More

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Thea Gumbert-Jourjon

Thea Gumbert-Jourjon is a registered psychologist who holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) degree and a Master of Psychology (Forensic) from the University of New South Wales. She has worked in various clinical and forensic settings in both the private and public sectors, including The Sydney Clinic, the NSW Department of Corrective Services, and private practice. As part of these positions, she has carried out cognitive and psychological assessments, assisted with the design and implementation of treatment programs, and provided group and individual therapy to clients. Thea is also actively involved in academic research for Charles Sturt University and the University of New South Wales regarding the presentation of child abuse victims, and perceptions of child witnesses in court. Thea has extensive experience with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and worked for several years in direct provision of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) therapy for children with autism spectrum disorders. She is experienced in the provision of behaviour management strategies to assist with countering challenging and problematic behaviours in children. Additionally, Thea has specialised in treating mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and chronic worry using a cognitive-behavioural therapy approach. She has been working at the Comprehensive Psychological Assessment Centre since early 2012. Read More

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Jessica Pratley

Jessica Pratley has been working as a Forensic Psychologist since 2007 and was endorsed as a Clinical Psychologist in 2018. She has a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and completed a further Master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2016. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), College of Forensic Psychologists, and is a Board Approved Supervisor. She is a member of the Australia New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse (ANZATSA), an accredited counsellor with the NSW Children’s Commission Child Sex Offender Counsellor Accreditation Scheme, an Authorised Clinician with the NSW Children’s Court Clinic, an Approved Psychologist with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and an Approved Psychologist for Family and Community Services. Jessica specialises within the fields of sexual abuse and child protection. She is experienced in conducting assessments and providing therapeutic interventions in both of these domains. Jessica works with children who have engaged in problematic or harmful sexual behaviours, as well as adolescents and adults who have sexually abused or offended. She is skilled in working therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults and families. Jessica has been employed in a range of public and private sector positions.  Read More

Date

27 - 28 Feb 2020

Address

Rydges Sydney Central
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW,2010

Price

$629.00 (two days)
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