Build­ing Re­silient Chil­dren with Andrew Fuller

The Australian Education Reporter - - BOYS IN SCHOOL - NA­TIONAL

PAR­ENTS and teach­ers across NSW will have front row seats to hear from Aus­tralia’s lead­ing ex­pert in build­ing re­silient chil­dren thanks to Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia.

The Build­ing Re­silient Chil­dren with Andrew Fuller evenings are free in­for­ma­tion ses­sions which see Andrew Fuller take the stage to out­line his ap­proach to tack­ling the se­ri­ous is­sues of re­silience in chil­dren; in­clud­ing the causes of anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and stress in chil­dren, meth­ods for ap­proach­ing chal­lenges and con­flict, and ap­proaches par­ents can take to build their child’s re­silience, re­la­tion­ship skills, and over­all hap­pi­ness.

As Fel­low of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try and the Depart­ment of Learn­ing and Ed­u­ca­tional De­vel­op­ment at the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, Andrew’s ap­proach to build­ing re­silient chil­dren is based on re­search into 193,000 chil­dren in 600 com­mu­ni­ties, where Andrew iden­ti­fied key fac­tors re­silience, re­la­tion­ships and hap­pi­ness. “One of the key find­ings of my re­search is that peo­ple thrive when they feel con­nected, pro­tected and re­spected. Each in­gre­di­ent alone may not cure a case of the flu, but to­gether they will help lower stress, pro­tect against de­pres­sion, in­crease longevity and help young peo­ple live a hap­pier life,” Mr Fuller said.

“Spe­cific in­ter­ven­tions, such as pos­i­tive psy­chol­ogy, so­cial-emo­tion learn­ing and pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment can have a ma­jor im­pact on a young per­son’s aca­demic re­sults, help them im­prove re­la­tion­ships in school and at home, and help them feel con­nected to their com­mu­nity.” Hosted by Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia, the Build­ing Re­silient Chil­dren with Andrew Fuller events have taken place in Camp­bell­town and Or­ange, with two more planned in Al­bury and Bega in the up­com­ing months.

These events sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s mission of em­pow­er­ing all stu­dents with practical skills and strate­gies to pos­i­tively nav­i­gate life and its re­la­tion­ships.

“Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia be­lieves stu­dents should be equipped with the tools to be re­spon­si­ble for their own well­be­ing, and the well­be­ing of their peers. How­ever, they can’t do it alone or in iso­la­tion. Teach­ers, par­ent, all of us play a part in build­ing re­silient chil­dren, which is why Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia is host­ing these par­ent evenings,” Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia CEO Greg Cantwell said.

“Part­ner­ing with Andrew Fuller ex­tends our mission of em­pow­er­ing par­ents to sup­port their child’s well­be­ing fur­ther.”

To learn more about Build­ing Re­silient Chil­dren with Andrew Fuller and Peer Sup­port Aus­tralia, visit www.peer­sup­port.edu.au.

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