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Is the selling of wellbeing selling our girls short?

May 3, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Kilbreda College, 118 Mentone Parade
Mentone, 3194 Australia

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

Dr Judith Locke is a registered clinical psychologist, former teacher, school counselor and workplace trainer. She is the Director of Confident and Capable, a company which specialises in delivering psychological training solutions for parents, teachers, and students. She also provides clinical assistance for families and individuals in her private practice in Toowong, Qld. Judith is the author of The Bonsai Child, a parenting book exploring why modern parenting trends might limit children and practical strategies to it around.
Judith undertakes research at QUT, investigating modern parenting, family wellbeing, and academic environments. Her psychological commentary features regularly in the media. She is a member of both The Australian Psychological Society (the APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
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Kilbreda College
118 Mentone Parade
Mentone, 3194 Australia


T (03) 9581 7766
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