Boys at Risk, OCT'09
Boys at Risk Conference
Shore School, North Sydney, NSW
25–26 October 2009
Now more than ever, schools are expected not only to provide an academic education for boys, but also to care for their social and emotional well-being. This is becoming an increasingly complex task, in a context where anxiety and depression rates continue to rise in young people. One estimate is that one in ten young people experience a social or emotional problem significant enough to impair functioning. In a school environment, this is compounded by the fact that we can expect boys to be more highly represented than girls with oppositional difficulties, reading and expressive language difficulties, autism spectrum disorders and attention difficulties, all which add an additional dimension to other emotional challenges.
How can boys' schools ensure that we meet the specific mental health challenges of the boys in our care? The International Boys School Coalition is hosting a conference to address this theme. The conference is aimed at all staff in schools with an interest in, or responsibility for the emotional well being of boys, including Principals, Heads of Pastoral Care, School Counselors, Year/House Coordinators, Chaplains, School Nurses and any teacher with a pastoral care role.
The Conference will be opened by Professor Gordon Parker. Gordon Parker is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and was instrumental in establishing the Black Dog Institute which leads research into mood disorders in Australia. Other presentations include:
- Managing suicidal behaviour in schools
- School management of self harm and suicidal behaviour
- Strategic classroom management of boys with mental health problems
- Mind Matters - The Commonwealth Government's response to mental health in schools
- Mental health in primary aged boys
- The unique mental health challenges of boys in rural and regional areas
Shore School - 1:00 pm on 25th October, 2009
Dress for all sessions, including Conference Dinner: smart casual
Sunday 26 October
|2:00 PM||Opening Session
Mood Disorders in Young Men – Prof. Gordon Parker.
4:00 PM to 6 PM
Paper 1: What Schools Need to Know about Boys and Anxiety
– Jonathan Gaston.
Jonathan is the Clinic Director of the Macquarie University Anxiety Research Unit. He is responsible for the design of group treatment interventions for anxiety disorders and co-ordination of the day-to-day running of the adult and child anxiety clinics. His research interests include the assessment and treatment of social phobia, panic disorder, blood-injury phobia, stress and burnout and fear-based procrastination.
Paper 2: Youth Mental Health First Aid for Schools: Core Concepts and Implementation – Dr Claire Kelly.
Claire Kelly is the coordinator of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program at the ORYGEN Research Centre, University of Melbourne. Claire completed PhD studies in adolescent mental health literacy in 2005, and has since been working on projects to develop international Mental health First Aid. Claire’s particular interests are in mental health and the mental health literacy of adolescents, and up-skilling young people and the adults around them to respond appropriately to emerging mental health problems.
|6:00 PM to 7:30 PM||Drinks and Conference Dinner- Shore School Dining Hall.
Monday 27 October
|School Management of Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour in Schools. - Lydia Senediak. Lydia is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent the last 20 years working in the area of mental health - both in private practice and with a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Sydney. Her particular current clinical and research interests are in the treatment of depression, grief, anxiety, deliberate self-harm and suicidal behaviour in teenagers.|
|Morning Tea 10:00 AM|
Five parallel workshops on Mental Health in Schools
|1:30 PM 1:45 PM||
Afternoon Workshop: A repeat of the morning workshops
|3:00 PM||Closing Address|