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.

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

  1. 1. 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. 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. 3. “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury.
  4. 4. “Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.” – Anonymous
  5. 5. “Use it or lose it.” – Anonymous
  6. 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. 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. 8. We know…  Prevalence   Who seeks help  Need for prevention  Human Capital Investment
  9. 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. 10. We can feel empowered by learningRESILIENCE skills across the life span.
  11. 11. Resilience skills:Secure attachments;Mindfulness;CBT;Values and commitment therapy;
  12. 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. 13. “The future depends on what you dotoday.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  14. 14. Resilience Models Emotional &Health Factors Social Skills Emotional DevelopmentNeuroplasticity Family- Communities Citizenship
  16. 16. Resources  The Happy 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
  17. 17. Thank