11h CPDConference

Teenagers and Risky Behaviours Conference

Two-Day Conference for Professionals

Teenagers and Risky Behaviours Conference - Brisbane 2020
Brisbane

Details

Brisbane
18 - 19 Jun 2020
Novotel Brisbane,
200 Creek Street

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Price

$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
Karen-Ann Clarke

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 discusses:

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

The Rise and Risk of STIs

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are highest in people 15 to 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?
  • What’s new in STI prevention
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
Alison Hutton

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 and end-of-year celebrations, such as schoolies. It will include practical strategies on how to conduct difficult conversations. It includes the types of events linked with party drug use in adolescents and:

  • The strategies most likely to work to prevent the use of party drugs in adolescents
  • How to conduct difficult conversations with adolescents
  • How to engage and promote harm reduction - a therapeutic approach
12:00
Alexandria Friend

Weighty Issues: Overweight and Obesity in Teenagers

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

  • The current HNMRC guidelines
  • The national recommendations on the overweight and obese
  • Apps that may be helpful
1:00 Lunch and Networking

2:00
Dr Larisa McLoughlin

Cyber-Bullying: How to Support a Teenager

We all know that cyber-bullying in adolescents is very common and potentially fatal. However, it is an activity that is subtle and difficult to uncover. What to do?

  • 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
Karen-Ann Clarke

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
TBA

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 talking about sex in a healthy and positive way and 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
TBA

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 is a risky time when peer pressure is at its highest, and it may result in alcohol and other drug use, forever altering 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 if you discover a teenager is using or misusing a particular substance
  • Treatment options if addiction occurs or substance use becomes a problem
10:30 Morning Tea

11:00
TBA

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
TBA

Age of Consent?

There appear to be many points at which a teenager can consent and not. For instance, legal alcohol consumption, age at which they can refuse to see a parent or marry. 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
Karen-Ann Clarke

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
Deborah Fay

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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Alexandria Friend

Alexandria Friend is an accredited practising dietitian with Eat Smart Nutrition Consultants. Her workload involves private one-on-one consults, assisting patients of a psychiatric hospital with their nutrition and presentations of varying topics and audiences. The diversity of her role has allowed her to gain experience in a wide range of nutritional issues, including, but not limited to, weight concerns, chronic disease management, irritable bowel syndrome, eating disorders, sports nutrition and mental health. She believes in a patient-centred approach, as there is no 'one-size-fits-all' when it comes to nutrition, and she takes pride in providing individualised care to each and every one of her patients. Read More

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Judith Dean

Dr Judith Dean is a registered nurse/midwife with over 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health, midwifery and health education. Currently, a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Queensland School of Public Health, Judith’s area of research and experience is the sexual health and wellbeing of vulnerable, at-risk populations. Read More

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Deborah Fay

Deborah Fay is a holistic counsellor and author who specialises in the understanding and practical application of emotional intelligence, particularly in relation to building emotional resilience. Deborah is a qualified Pathways to Resilience Facilitator for teenagers and pre-teens, a certified member of the International Institute for Complimentary Therapists, a member of the International Meditation Teacher’s Association and the principal of 'My Juicy Life' counselling services situated north of Brisbane. She is the author of 'Grow Up - 13 Ways To Improve Emotional Intelligence at Home and at School' and '6 Keys to Happiness', the creator of the '21 Day Body Love Challenge' and one of 15 authors who contributed to the book entitled 'Domestic Detox'. Deborah is passionate about emotional intelligence, social-emotional learning and childhood development. Read More

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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. Read More

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Larisa McLoughlin

Larisa McLoughlin has a decade of experience conducting research through three postgraduate qualifications (honours, masters and doctorate) and her previous work for ConNetica Consulting. Larisa is currently a research fellow at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience Thompson Institute, working on the Longitudinal Adolescent Brain Study (LABS). LABS is collecting data, using self report, neurocognitive assessments, neuropsychiatric interviews, MRI scans and EEG. Larisa is also undertaking her own research investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of cyberbullying. Her research uses functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to observe how the brain responds to witnessing cyberbullying. Some results of this work have recently been published in a top neuroimaging journal 'Human Brain Mapping'. Read More

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Alison Hutton

Professor Alison Hutton is the acting head of school at the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle. She is also the chair of the Adolescent and Young Persons Community of Interest. Alison’s work revolves around young people, health promotion and harm reduction. Her work has produced credible strategies to provide safe and supportive environments for young people during youth events. These events include outdoor music festivals and Schoolies. Her research has shown that a combination of strategies such as dry zones, on-site first aid, supportive volunteer presence, free water and pastoral care can support young people to party safely and reduce hospitalisations. Her work has been recognised by the World Health Organization and is now used in large events such as World Cup Soccer, the Hajj, and the Olympics. Alison believes that nurses are in a great position to make a positive difference in the lives of young people and the wider community. Read More

Date

18 - 19 Jun 2020

Address

Novotel Brisbane
200 Creek Street
Brisbane QLD,4001

Price

$629.00 (two days)
Book Online Now  

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