Teenage Girls Conference Problem Solving Strategies for Concerned Adults For Teachers, School Counsellors, Nurses and Youth Workers etc. Melbourne, Friday, 1st May & Saturday, 2nd May 2009 The Hotel Ibis, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne. VIC. (Close to Queen Victoria Market in CBD). Register Now Attendance at this conference earns 10.5 Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) points as part of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, Lifelong Learning Program. Attendance at this conference earns 10.5 CPE Points (Continuing Professional Education) in association with Organised by Ausmed Conferences Pty Ltd. credentialing. Enquiries: (03) 9375 7311 An electronic copy of this program can be found on-line at: www.ausmed.com.au TEENAGE GIRLS CONFERENCE DAY ONE: FRIDAY May 1, 2009 Melbourne 8.30am REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS 12.30pm LUNCH BREAK TIME TO BROWSE BOOK DISPLAY. KEYNOTE ADDRESS 9.00am HARRIET POTTER LEARNING AND 1.30pm LET’S PARTY PLAYING IN AN ELECTRONIC EMPIRE TILL WE DROP Teenage girls inhabit a lively multi-modal world. Adolescents tend to take foolhardy risks when they are actively • How do the reading, viewing and online leisure habits of young involved in the pervasive party culture. women influence their identities and relationships, their • Comments on the dangers of under-age drinking, spiked drinks and understandings and expectations? sexual vulnerability. • What are the literacy implications of this shift from the page to the • Can party gatecrashers be charged with criminal offences? screen? • What is the role of the Victoria Police PartySafe program and how Speaker: Professor Catherine Beavis to access it? Chair of Education, Griffith University, Queensland. Prior to this recent • Safety and security tips for concerned adults when teenage parties appointment, Catherine was on the faculty of the School of Education, are conducted in the family home. Deakin University, Melbourne. Her academic interests include digital • Overview of the role of the Victoria Police Youth Affairs Office. culture, literacy and technology and she is the co-author of recent Speaker: Senior Constable Janie Lambert research entitled “Pretty Good for a Girl – Gender, Identity and Computer Crime Prevention Officer, Melbourne West Police Station. In this role, for Games”. Her professional memberships include the Australian Literacy state-wide projects, she works with members of the Victoria Police Crime Educators Association. Prevention and Neighbourhood Watch State Co-Ordination Unit. 10.00am THE BATForce MODEL 2.00pm AWESOME HORMONES VERSUS BATForce is the peak youth affairs body of the Barwon Region. Through SAFE SEX MESSAGES school focussed youth services it strives to improve opportunities and choices for young people aged 10 – 25 years. The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is on the rise, This session discusses their collaborative approach in creating the number of HIV cases in Victoria having increased by 40% in the past opportunities for teenage schoolgirls. three years. Summary of the major types of STIs and how they are identified. Speaker: Leigh Bartlett BATForce is an acronym for the Barwon Adolescent Task Force Inc. and • What can be done to persuade young women not to have unprotected Leigh is the Regional Youth Affairs Consultant for this organisation. sexual encounters? • What is ‘safe sex fatigue’? • Details of services offered by The Action Centre for Young People. Speaker: Mark Camilleri 10.30am MORNING TEA Sexual Health Community Educator and qualified psychologist, employed AND COFFEE by The Action Centre, which is part of Family Planning Victoria. This adolescent sexual health service caters for those aged 12 – 25 years. Mark works in the Blood Borne Virus’ Program. 11.00am THE DIET OF DEATH AND DISTORTED BODY IMAGE An addiction to extreme thinness during adolescence brings with it troubling consequences. 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA • When does a diet become an eating disorder? AND COFFEE • What is anorexia nervosa? • What are the causes of this sometimes-fatal disorder? • How influential are pro-ana websites and glamour magazines, which celebrate starvation as a lifestyle choice? 3.30pm DRUGS AND • Has research revealed workable strategies for preventing this risky trend? THEIR DEMONS Speaker: Dr Jacinta Coleman • What are the key factors in the development of drug abuse in adolescents? Paediatrician and Head of Adolescent Medicine at Monash Medical • Which types of legal or illegal drugs are most commonly used? Centre, She has a special interest and experience in the field of • Is their evidence that easy access to pharmaceuticals online has adolescent eating disorders and is a Consultant to the Eating contributed to this problem? Disorders Foundation of Victoria. • What is the so-called “ice epidemic”? • In future, will a policy of supervised chroming become acceptable and why? • Concerned adults - how to respond in a helpful and timely manner. 11.45am MUM AND DAD AREN’T • Where to go for professional help? TOGETHER ANY MORE Speaker: David Hartmann Each year in Australia, there are over 51,000 divorces. Family Therapist, Odyssey House Victoria and former Manager of the • What are the losses and emotions endured by adolescents when Young Adult Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Service, Self Help Addiction parents separate/divorce? Resource Centre ( SHARC ). • Comments on further issues that emerge in blended families, such as re-parenting issues. Speaker: Tony Gee Consultant Psychologist with expertise in the areas of family life and the 4.15pm CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE grieving processes in separation and divorce. He regularly undertakes work for Relationships Australia and The Family Law Court. TEENAGE GIRLS CONFERENCE DAY TWO: SATURDAY May 2, 2009 Melbourne 9.00am PADDED BRAS, G STRINGS AND 11.45am TEENAGE GIRLS AND POLE DANCING LESSONS RISKY BEHAVIOURS In today's world, popular culture, advertising, and marketing all Reflections on the positive and negative aspects of some risky encourage teenage girls to base their identity on narrowly stereotyped behaviours of adolescent girls. female sexuality. This poses real risks for girls, including the development of body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, and Speaker: Eliza Egan and Jessica O’Connell self-objectification. It also increases the likelihood of unwanted sex. Personal opinions and perspectives of two young women who completed Find out what researchers and experts say about these risks. Discover the Victorian Certificate of Education requirements in 2007 and 2008. useful resources to foster happy and healthy development for girls throughout their teenage years. Speaker: Dr Emma Rush 12.15pm TIME FOR QUESTIONS Lead author of the report "Corporate Paedophilia" and an ongoing AND COMMENTS advocate for a culture that supports children and adolescents during their growing up years. A former research fellow with the Australia Institute in Canberra, she now works as a freelance researcher and writer. 12.30pm LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING YOUR FACILITATOR FOR THE 1.30pm BULLYING AND NEXT THREE TOPICS IS BITCHY BEHAVIOURS Meredith Bucknell Bullying behaviour is hazardous both for bullies and their victims. Mental health nurse consultant and educator with • Gain a greater understanding of“bitch-slapping” and bullying. • What are the causes? How to design a collaborative approach to considerable clinical, research and teaching experience reducing bullying. in the fields of mental health promotion and • What can be done to assist girls who are denigrated by cyber bullies? psychiatric disorders. • Are there effective protections for whistleblowers? • This presentation will include a model of social resilience. Speaker: Evelyn Field 9.50am THE DAY MY MIND Practising psychologist whose work focuses on social survival skills. WENT PSYCHO! The updated version of Evelyn‘s book “Bully Busting” was published in • When mental Illness is the problem - an overview of the difference Feb.2007 under the title of “Bully Blocking”. Further, she specialises in between eccentric,controversial and mentally unbalanced behaviours, workplace bullying and is a member of the Board of the National Coalition thought processes and emotions. Against Bullying. • Summary of the types of mental illnesses. • What to do if you suspect that a teenager has a psychiatric condition. 3.00pm AFTERNOON TEA AND COFFEE 10.30am MORNING TEA AND COFFEE 3.30pm DADS AND THEIR DAUGHTERS Improved relationships between fathers and their female children is a 11.00am PUBERTY BLUES AND crucial interpersonal, inter-family and social goal. WRESTLING WITH THE BLACK DOG • Tips for good fathering - even when swamped by busyness, tiredness • Which teenagers are most at risk of developing clinical depression? and unavoidable travel commitments. • What can be done to prevent this happening? Summary of types of • How fathers and father figures can diminish adult moral panic by depression and their causes. How effective are treatment programs? actively encouraging protective behaviours for young girls. • Does an episode of serious depression protect against future bouts of Speaker: Richard Godbehere this psychiatric disorder? Reflections on what teenage girls really need from their fathers. This • How to access help such as the beyondblue initiative. presentation is partly based on Richard’s past experience of being the father of three teenage girls. 11.25am WHEN TEENAGERS THINK ABOUT “OFFING” THEMSELVES 4.15pm CLOSE OF CONFERENCE & EVALUATIONS Suicide risk and young people. The last 30 years have seen an Find a vast amount of unprecedented rise in the suicides of those aged 16 – 24 years of age in Australia. Health Care Education Resources online at: • What are the sources of this phenomenon? • Comments on the importance of overcoming the taboo against talking about suicide. • Practical approaches for the identification and management of suicidal ideas or behaviours.