The Alliance is delighted to be hosting an evening with Dr Judith Locke
Join us at Kilbreda College on Wednesday 3 May for Is the selling of wellbeing selling our girls short? with Dr Judith Locke
In this era of high levels of care, we tend to do all we can to help our girls when they face challenges or difficulties. This often includes getting them psychological assistance with a mental health expert, as well as reduced demands for school tasks or leave from particular activities to help them cope. But what if this help and special consideration might inadvertently reduce students’ strengths rather than increase them? And what if some of the mental health and wellbeing assistance given might be encouraging short-term coping but long-term problems?
In this presentation for school leaders, middle management and pastoral staff, Dr Judith Locke (clinical psychologist, former teacher and author of the Bonsai Child) looks at the current environment in homes and schools which tends to pathologize many instances of what are essentially normal transitions, challenges, and behavioural responses of our girls. She will look at how an assumption of vulnerability in girls might be focused on making them currently happy and momentarily feeling good about themselves, but, in the long term, producing increased reliance rather than increased strength.
More importantly Judith will offer some ways for schools to fight back and ensure all students have the opportunities to develop true skill and resilience, regardless of the daily challenges they face.
Bookings close 1 May 2017
About Judith Locke