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Paula Barrett - Empowering Children, Young people & Their Families to Find Positive Life Solutions to Emotional Distress

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A keynote presentation given by Prof. Paula Barrett at the 2012 CHA Conference, The Journey.

A keynote presentation given by Prof. Paula Barrett at the 2012 CHA Conference, The Journey.

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  • 1. pathwayshrc.com.au Empowering children, young people and their families to find positive life solutions to emotional distress    Professor Paula Barrett Pathways Health and Research Centre Australian National University University of Queensland 
  • 2. Thank you to… All children, families and professionals in Australia and worldwide using the Friends Programs in schools and clinics  My family  Pathways staff
  • 3. “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury.
  • 4. “Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.” – Anonymous
  • 5. “Use it or lose it.” – Anonymous
  • 6. “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, Where’s theself-help section? She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” -Steven Wright
  • 7. “No matter who you are, no matter  what you did, no matter where  youve come from, you can always change, become a better version of  yourself.”   - Anonymous
  • 8. We know…  Prevalence   Who seeks help  Need for prevention  Human Capital Investment
  • 9. Obesity /early onset diabetes and anxiety/depressive disorders will be moreprevalent in western countries than any other health problem in the next 30 years.(World Health Organisation conference, 2011)
  • 10. We can feel empowered by learningRESILIENCE skills across the life span.
  • 11. Resilience skills:Secure attachments;Mindfulness;CBT;Values and commitment therapy;
  • 12. “Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” – James Baraz” 
  • 13. “The future depends on what you dotoday.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • 14. Resilience Models Emotional &Health Factors Social Skills Emotional DevelopmentNeuroplasticity Family- Communities Citizenship
  • 15. What we need to do: PARADIGM CHANGES LIFE LONG RESILIENCE
  • 16. Resources  The Happy Movie.com The Brain that Changes itself – Norman Doidge, 2008 The Sweet Poison Quit Plan, Sugar the Sweet Poison, Big Fat Lies – David Gillespie, 2010 Unlikely Friendships - Jennifer Holland, 2011 Adult Resilience: Strong Not Tough - Paula Barrett, 2012 Friends for Life – Paula Barrett, 2012 Fun Friends – Paula Barrett, 2012 Act With Love – Russ Harris, 2012 Last Child in the Woods – Richard Louv, 2010 pathwayshrc.com.au
  • 17. Thank youpbarrett@pathwayshrc.com.au pathwayshrc.com.au