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Modern Parenting Isn't Working

January 18, 2016 | Angela Mollard

Josh is 19. He finished school 14 months ago and has been enjoying a “gap year”. But his “gap year” — rapidly becoming two — hasn’t been spent in Asia or Africa or even flipping burgers at the local McDonalds.


No, Josh has spent his gap year in his room, playing Xbox round the clock, emerging only at dinner time to eat whatever his mother, Karen, has cooked for him.


So last week Karen went out for the day taking the Xbox with her. All afternoon she ignored the increasingly furious texts and phone messages from Josh. When she returned home, he was livid.


She held her ground.


“You’re not getting it back until you find a job,” she told him.


And that’s when her son exploded....

How Horses Help Children With ADHD

October 28, 2015 | Jane Karol

It is often difficult for people (clinicians, parents, equestrians, etc.) to picture the way I use horses and ponies as co-therapists to help children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. Here is one example of how riding, when guided by a therapeutic process, can help children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).


While I work with people suffering from a wide range of psychological issues, I picked ADHD as an example because it is very common and most of us have an idea, whether firsthand or through someone close, how difficult the disorder makes navigating the day to day.


Recently, I began work with “Angie”, a 10-year-old child struggling with ADHD. ADHD is diagnosed when a child or adolescent has trouble with attention (focusing on details, sustaining attention, listening and organization) and impulsive behavior (difficulty sitting still and waiting, or acts as if “driven by a motor”).


Angie is a lovely, thoughtful girl who adores animals. She does well in school, is respectful and very likeable, but at times needs the guidance of her teachers to help her stay on task. At home she is a loving big sister and daughter, but her ADHD sometimes creates painful conflicts in her relationships.


Angie’s mother explained to me that it is often difficult for Angie to listen to directions at home and school. When she is asked to do something she rarely does it in response to the first request...

The Bullying Epidemic in Australian Schools

June 29, 2015 | Fiona Baker

....Here is why bullying, and policies and strategies to combat it, are such a high priority for communities and governments.

  • One student in every four in Australian schools is affected by bullying, says recent research commissioned by the Federal Government.

  • An estimated 200 million children and youth around the world are being bullied by their peers, according to the 2007 Kandersteg Declaration Against Bullying in Children and Youth.

  • Kids who are bullied are three times more likely to show depressive symptoms, says the Centre for Adolescent Health.

  • Children who were bullied were up to nine times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, say some studies.

  • Girls who were victims of bullying in their early primary school years were more likely to remain victims as they got older, according to British research.

  • Children who were frequently bullied by their peers were more likely to develop psychotic symptoms in their early adolescence, says more UK research.

  • Girls were much more likely than boys to be victims of both cyber and traditional bullying, says a recent Murdoch Children's Research Institute study.

  • Children as young as three can become victims of bullying, says Canadian research.

  • Young people who bully have a one in four chance of having a criminal record by the age of 30.

  • Bullying is the fourth most common reason young people seek help from children's help services....

Marriage and Divorce in Australia

November 26, 2014 | Australian Bureau of Statistics

There were 118,962 marriages registered and 47,638 divorces granted in Australia in 2013. Over the past five years there has been a gradual increase in the median age at separation and divorce. This aligns with a gradual increase in the median age at first marriage....

Violence, Harassment and Bullying: Why It's a Human Rights Issue

January 22, 2013 | Australian Human Rights Commission

.....Bullying in Australian schools is a serious problem, with over 20% of males and 15% of females aged 8 to 18 years reporting being bullied at least once a week.[70] Corporal punishment is still lawful in private educational institutions in some states and territories. Concerns about this have been raised by the UN.[71] International students have increasingly faced safety and welfare concerns in the face of higher rates of racially motivated violence.[72] Concerns have also been raised by the UN about the security of international students due to racially motivated attacks.[73]Violence, harassment and bullying in school and education settings violate a number of human rights including the right to education.[74]....


Kids Helpline

Ph: 1800 55 1800


Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.


Ph: 1300 22 4636


Beyondblue aims to have an Australian community that understands depression and anxiety, empowering all Australian's, at any life-stage, to seek help.


​Ph: 13 11 14


Lifeline provides all Australian's with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services

Triple P

Ph: (07) 3236 1212


Triple P is the Positive Parenting Program and takes the guesswork out of parenting when it comes to raising kids and teenagers. Here you will find simple tips to help manage the big and small problems of family life

Australian Counselling Association

Ph: 1300 784 333


ACA is Australia's largest single registration body for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Australian Psychological Society

Ph: 1800 333 497


APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia

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