Past Webinars

  • The developing brain in a digital world: impacts of social media, gaming, and other technologies (June 2019)

    The developing brain in a digital world: impacts of social media, gaming, and other technologies (June 2019)

    How do technologies, such as social media, gaming, and the internet in general, impact key developmental areas such as attention, identity formation, decision making, and social connection?
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  • The challenge of co-occurring mental illness and intellectual disability in young people: Adapting care to meet the needs (June 2019)

    The challenge of co-occurring mental illness and intellectual disability in young people: Adapting care to meet the needs (June 2019)

    This webinar will help participants understand the relationship between intellectual disability and mental ill-health, approaches to assessing and managing mental ill-health in people with intellectual disability, and key adaptations to clinical practice that will assist in optimal care for this group.
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  • ADHD and youth mental health: A holistic approach to comprehensive clinical care (June 2019)

    ADHD and youth mental health: A holistic approach to comprehensive clinical care (June 2019)

    This webinar will help clinicians to understand the importance of a comprehensive approach that considers cultural factors to the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and comorbid mental health conditions in young people. The webinar will cover assessment, diagnosis, research evidence and comprehensive treatment of ADHD and comorbid mental health conditions in young people.
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  • Autism and Comorbid Mental Health Conditions in Adolescents and Young People (April 2019)

    Autism and Comorbid Mental Health Conditions in Adolescents and Young People (April 2019)

    This webinar will help participants to understand how Autism Spectrum Disorders present in adolescents and young people experiencing comorbid mental health conditions.
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  • What do young people want from digital support? (February 2019)

    What do young people want from digital support? (February 2019)

    Based on interviews young people in New Zealand about their priorities for digital support, this webinar will help professionals working with young people to understand what young people want from digital support.
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  • #chatsafe: A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide (August 2018)

    #chatsafe: A young person’s guide for communicating safely online about suicide (August 2018)

    Young people are avid consumers of social media, and use various platforms to interact with each other. The #chatsafe project is the first, internationally, to develop a set of evidence-based guidelines on how young people can engage in safe peer-to-peer communication online about suicide.
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  • Commissioning Youth Mental Health Services: How to make it work for young people (June 2018)

    Commissioning Youth Mental Health Services: How to make it work for young people (June 2018)

    This webinar covers topics that include defining commissioning and what this looks like in a primary care context, engaging young people in the commissioning process and what processes should be put in place to measure the impacts of the programs being commissioned. Information will be presented on the lessons learnt around commissioning to date how we can improve commissioning processes.
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  • Trauma informed care – A policy report focused on young people, trauma and mental health (June 2018)

    Trauma informed care – A policy report focused on young people, trauma and mental health (June 2018)

    Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health has developed a policy report focused on young people, trauma and mental health.
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  • ACCESS Open Minds: Transforming youth mental health in Canada (June 2018)

    ACCESS Open Minds: Transforming youth mental health in Canada (June 2018)

    ACCESS Open Minds is a national research and evaluation network that marks a major Canadian innovation in youth mental health service design, delivery, evaluation, and research.
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  • Exploring reasons for self-harm in young people (May 2018)

    Exploring reasons for self-harm in young people (May 2018)

    This webinar will examine briefly the facts about self-harm in young people, and will examine some of the more commonly reported reasons for self-harm. The importance of understanding these reasons will be discussed, for engaging young people and for intervening and building more adaptive coping skills. This webinar will help professionals working with young people to feel more confident to understand the reasons for self-harm.
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  • Trauma informed care – Working with refugees and asylum seekers

    Trauma informed care – Working with refugees and asylum seekers

    This webinar brings you on the journey of creating a new service for the targeted population of newly arrived Iraqi and Syrian refugees aged 0 to 24 years of age living in North West Melbourne and why specialised refugee access services are needed, as well as what initial learnings from this service health professionals can consider within their practice or interaction with refugee service users.
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  • Self-harm and suicide prevention in young people: Where is the evidence and what more needs to be done?

    Self-harm and suicide prevention in young people: Where is the evidence and what more needs to be done?

    Self-harm is a key risk factor for suicide; the leading cause of preventable death for Australians between 15 and 44 years of age. This webinar will introduce the types of therapies that have been developed for young people engaging in self-harm, the evidence-base for these treatments, and what more needs to be done to further prevent self-harm and suicidal behaviour in young people in Australia.
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  • Knowledge Translation: Implications for training approaches (May 2018)

    Knowledge Translation: Implications for training approaches (May 2018)

    This webinar will help clinicians, service improvement coordinators, program leads and funders to understand the best ways to support knowledge translation through a range of knowledge translation activities.
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  • Working with young people in the trauma space: Vicarious trauma

    Working with young people in the trauma space: Vicarious trauma

    Working, either directly or indirectly, with young people who have at some point in their life journey have experienced trauma and injustice is complex. It is complex because those we want to help those who have experienced injustice. It is complex because of the process of empathetic and relational engagement. It is complex because it can be rewarding, emotionally exhausting, raise existential distress and we can even develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress in response to a process of vicarious traumatisation. This webinar focuses on vicarious trauma, self care and workplace support.
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  • What is knowledge translation and why is it important to youth mental health? (April 2018)

    What is knowledge translation and why is it important to youth mental health? (April 2018)

    In youth mental health, and health in general, there is a gap between the best evidence and how this knowledge is applied ‘on the ground’ in clinical services. Knowledge translation is about trying to bridge that gap by assisting services and clinicians to use best practice, adapted to their particular context or setting.
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  • Community involvement in the development of a youth mental health service (April 2018)

    Community involvement in the development of a youth mental health service (April 2018)

    This webinar will describe the process that the community of Swan Hill Victoria undertook prior to the establishment of a youth-specific mental health service in their community.
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  • Youth mental health: Service models to improve access and outcomes for young people (March 2018)

    Youth mental health: Service models to improve access and outcomes for young people (March 2018)

    Young people or ‘emerging adults’ have the highest incidence and prevalence of mental health issues of any age-band across the lifespan and yet have the worst access to mental health services. This webinar will explore the special challenges faced by emerging adults in modern society, and how best to meet their need for mental health care. Local and international examples of service models designed to reduce barriers and facilitate access for young people will be presented.
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  • The Therapeutic Alliance: Engaging young people (January 2018)

    The Therapeutic Alliance: Engaging young people (January 2018)

    This webinar will discuss the therapeutic alliance, a key element in engaging young people in mental health treatment. Although it is well known that building a collaborative relationship with clients is fundamental to effective treatment, this becomes a challenge when aspects of the client’s presentation, context or circumstances lead to ruptures, or breakdowns in the quality of the alliance between clinician and client. This webinar will explore a number of evidence based models of managing challenges in engagement and provide information about the skills needed to build more effective therapeutic relationships with young people.
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  • Advanced Practice webinar - Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health: Interventions and Case Studies (May 2017)

    Advanced Practice webinar - Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health: Interventions and Case Studies (May 2017)

    This webinar will explore the rationale for assessing and screening the sexual health of young people with mental ill-health. Young people with mental health problems are at higher risk for experiencing sexual health concerns. These may relate to sexuality, gender diversity, sexual activity and sexual relationships, as well as sexual dysfunction that may be associated with their mental health concerns or their treatment. This webinar will provide a framework for the assessment and screening of sexual behaviour and sexual identity. The webinar will present case studies to demonstrate how assessment, screening and interventions can occur in conjunction within youth mental health services.
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  • Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health (May 2017)

    Sexual Health and Youth Mental Health (May 2017)

    This webinar will explore the rationale for assessing and screening the sexual health of young people with mental ill-health. Young people with mental health problems are at higher risk for experiencing sexual health concerns. These may relate to sexuality, gender diversity, sexual development and sexual relationships, as well as sexual dysfunction that may be associated with their mental health concerns or their treatment. This webinar will provide a framework for the assessment and screening of sexual behaviour and sexual identity and provide an overview of interventions.
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  • Physical health of young people with a mental illness (April 2017)

    Physical health of young people with a mental illness (April 2017)

    This webinar will examine and review the physical health risks associated with mental illness in young people. Young people with a mental illness are at increased risks of health issues such as obesity, low levels of physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, and iatrogenic weight gain. The webinar will also explore the longer-term risks and associated poor health outcomes including the most commonly preventable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In considering the short and long-term health risks associated with mental illness, this webinar will describe holistic prevention and early intervention approaches that aim to achieve better outcomes and provide guidance on how to address the physical health of young people with mental illness.
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  • Neuroscience of anxiety disorders (April 2017)

    Neuroscience of anxiety disorders (April 2017)

    This advanced practice webinar will provide an overview on brain functioning and anxiety disorders in young people. It will explore psychological and neuroscience perspectives to understanding threat, fear and the brain. The webinar will present recent findings from neuroimaging studies, with a focus on functional magnetic resonance imaging results, as relevant to anxiety disorders. In exploring how the brain supports emotion and affect, this webinar will also include a focus on the relevance of neuroscience to clinical practice.
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  • Social anxiety, stigma and early psychosis (March 2017)

    Social anxiety, stigma and early psychosis (March 2017)

    This webinar will describe social anxiety, its prevalence in early psychosis and its relationship to the stigma of psychosis. Relevant research evidence that explores the relationship between social anxiety, paranoid symptoms, negative beliefs about the self and the experience of shame will be presented. The webinar will explore treatment approaches for social anxiety in early psychosis that aim to assist young people to recover their quality of life and improve psychosocial functioning.
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  • Social Anxiety: Overview of the evidence for treating young people (March 2017)

    Social Anxiety: Overview of the evidence for treating young people (March 2017)

    This webinar will examine the latest evidence for treating young people with social anxiety disorder, focusing on psychological treatments. The webinar will explore the prevalence and characteristics of social anxiety in young people, how social anxiety presents in young people and the common comorbid conditions. In reviewing the latest evidence for psychological treatments, the webinar will also describe and explore the components of these treatments with specific focus on cognitive and cognitive behavioural therapies. Any differences in treatment outcomes depending on whether the psychological interventions are delivered in group-based or individual formats will also be considered. This webinar will provide a useful summary of the most effective psychological interventions for treating social anxiety disorder in young people.
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  • Managing persistent or severe depression in young people (December 2016)

    Managing persistent or severe depression in young people (December 2016)

    This webinar will examine the management of persistent, severe and complex depression in young people, characterised by symptom severity, multiple comorbidities and when ongoing suicidality is present. This webinar will explore a multi-disciplinary team-based approach that incorporates evidence-based psychotherapies embedded within case management and psychiatric review. A particular focus will include consideration of developmental factors, engagement, assessment, managing suicide risk, including input from families, and medication use. The webinar will explore treatment phases from initial stages through to recovery as part of a comprehensive and holistic approach to the provision of mental health care to young people.
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  • When depression is not the only concern for young people: Impact and considerations for treating comorbid disorders (December 2016)

    When depression is not the only concern for young people: Impact and considerations for treating comorbid disorders (December 2016)

    Young people with depression often have other mental health difficulties. This webinar will explore the relationship of depression and common comorbid disorders such as anxiety or substance use and presentations including personality pathology in young people. There will be a focus on describing the impact of comorbidity on the clinical presentation, course, assessment, diagnosis and severity of illness. The webinar will explore the variety of treatment models for managing the different comorbidities.
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  • Prescribing challenges in youth mental health treatment (December 2016)

    Prescribing challenges in youth mental health treatment (December 2016)

    This webinar will look at the risks and benefits of prescribing medication as part of the treatment for young people with mental health issues The presenter will explore how to manage the preferences and expectations of young people and their families regarding medication use. Consideration will be given to negotiating situations where the young person’s treatment preferences do not align with professional opinions on medication use.
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  • Latest developments in anti-depressant medication use in young people (November 2016)

    Latest developments in anti-depressant medication use in young people (November 2016)

    This webinar will look at the latest evidence on the use of anti-depressant medication in young people as well as considerations and explorations of the risks and benefits of anti-depressant medication use. The presenter will discuss anti-depressant prescribing in the context of comprehensive and holistic mental health care in young people.
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  • Collaborative Work and Components of Care in Youth Mental Health Services in Australia (October 2016)

    Collaborative Work and Components of Care in Youth Mental Health Services in Australia (October 2016)

    This webinar will explore components of care in mental health care settings in Australia. The components to be presented are collaborative care, consultation and liaison, and medical management. Each of these components will be reviewed in the context of an integrated model of care. Some current service systems will be explored to demonstrate how these components of care can contribute to best practice mental health care for young people. The evidence base for multi-disciplinary teams improving outcomes for young people with mental ill-health will be considered, particularly for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
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  • Working with clinical complexity in young people with mental ill-health (September 2016)

    Working with clinical complexity in young people with mental ill-health (September 2016)

    Working with clinical complexity in young people can be quite challenging for clinicians. This webinar will focus on clinical work with young people who present with complex issues who may be difficult to engage. The presenter will explore the principles underpinning a biopsychosocial assessment and clinical complexity, with a particular focus on practical and useful strategies for engagement of the young person, along with related clinical insights.
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  • Using technology to treat young people with mental ill-health (May 2016)

    Using technology to treat young people with mental ill-health (May 2016)

    Digital technology and the online world is moving at a fast pace. It’s where young people are for much of their day. In order to treat young people who have mental ill health, we need to embrace the online world and use it to our advantage.
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  • Sport and mental health in young people (May 2016)

    Sport and mental health in young people (May 2016)

    Sport is a key aspect of Australian culture and recognised around the world as an activity that brings people together and promotes health and community.
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  • Understanding and managing self-harm in a school setting (April 2016)

    Understanding and managing self-harm in a school setting (April 2016)

    Self-harm is common in young people, with 17% of adolescents (10-17) and 13% of young adults (18-24) reporting that they have engaged in deliberate self-harm. This behaviour can be difficult for schools to manage and causes distress amongst staff, students and families.
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  • Understanding eating disorders in young people (April 2016)

    Understanding eating disorders in young people (April 2016)

    Eating Disorders affect approximately 9% of the Australian population at some stage in their lives. This webinar will focus on understanding eating disorders and exploring how to identify, respond to and appropriately manage them in young people. Can’t attend the webinar? Register and we’ll send you a link to the recording once it is available online.
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  • Assessing and working with anger issues in young people (March 2016)

    Assessing and working with anger issues in young people (March 2016)

    This webinar will focus on detecting and working with anger issues in young people who are engaged with mental health services. It will explore problematic anger and its impact on young people, and the importance of early intervention. The webinar will provide an assessment framework and an overview of the current available evidence for anger interventions.
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  • Do antidepressants have a role in the treatment of youth depression? (March 2016)

    Do antidepressants have a role in the treatment of youth depression? (March 2016)

    The use of antidepressants for young people is controversial and has left clinicians uncertain on how and when they might be prescribed. This webinar will discuss the evidence available around the use of medication for young people with depression, looking at the benefits and potential harms.
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  • Psychoeducation in the treatment of youth mental health issues (February 2016)

    Psychoeducation in the treatment of youth mental health issues (February 2016)

    Using psychoeducation to provide young people (and their families) with information on their mental illness helps them feel more engaged, reduces stigma, and empowers them in a situation where they are likely to feel helpless. Following an overview of the theory and evidence-base, this webinar will focus on how to use psychoeducation to work with and engage young people who have mental health issues. The webinar will also focus on how to tailor the psychoeducation for a young person’s specific needs and presenting issues.
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  • Managing complex self-harm in young people (February 2016)

    Managing complex self-harm in young people (February 2016)

    Self-harm is a symptom of distress, and can be associated with a wide range of problems. This webinar will focus on how to work with complex and chronic patterns of self-harm that can be particularly challenging for clinicians.
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  • Engaging young men in mental health settings (February 2016)

    Engaging young men in mental health settings (February 2016)

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that one in four young people will experience a mental health or substance use problem. In spite of this, rates of help-seeking among young Australians, and particularly among young men, remain low. This webinar will review the current literature on this issue and examine barriers and facilitators to young men’s access to care. It will focus on mechanisms to engage with young men who are seeking help and discuss factors that may encourage young men to seek help in the future.
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  • Video games and their effects on youth mental health (January 2016)

    Video games and their effects on youth mental health (January 2016)

    This webinar will focus on exploring the relationship between using video games and their positive and negative effects on the mental health and wellbeing of young people.
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  • Peer work in youth mental health (December 2015)

    Peer work in youth mental health (December 2015)

    Peer work is increasingly recognised as a valuable component of youth mental health care. This webinar will explore what peer work entails, how to support training and professional development of the peer workforce and how peer workers use their lived experience to promote recovery.
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  • Early warning signs of mental ill-health in young people (December 2015)

    Early warning signs of mental ill-health in young people (December 2015)

    Identifying early warning signs of mental ill-health in young people assists with earlier intervention resulting in the potential reduction of the severity and duration of ill-health.
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  • What is the role of eHealth interventions in mental health and addictions treatment? (December 2015)

    What is the role of eHealth interventions in mental health and addictions treatment? (December 2015)

    This webinar will describe how technology can best fit into the pathway of care for people experiencing mental ill-health and substance use issues and summarise the latest evidence for using technology in clinical practice of addictions treatment.
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  • Doing the Whole Job: Vocational Recovery in Youth Mental Health (December 2015)

    Doing the Whole Job: Vocational Recovery in Youth Mental Health (December 2015)

    Delivered by experts in vocational recovery, this webinar will review the latest knowledge and highlight the evidence base for interventions. Participants will then be given practical approaches for implementing a vocational program in a mental health service setting and providing vocational support for young people with mental health issues.
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  • The Rationale for Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (July 2015)

    The Rationale for Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (July 2015)

    Research over the past two decades has established that Borderline Personality Disorder is a reliable and valid diagnosis in young people. The first wave of controlled treatment trials show that early intervention is possible, but the interventions being compared differ and the targeted outcomes vary.
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  • Treating complex depression in young people (July 2015)

    Treating complex depression in young people (July 2015)

    This webinar explores how to deliver psychological treatment, in particular cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) using a flexible and formulation-driven approach to working with young people who have depression that may be severe and complex. Health professionals and clinicians working in youth mental health settings will benefit from having prior knowledge of the assessment and treatment of depression.
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  • What is Good Clinical Care for young people with Borderline Personality Disorder? (July 2015)

    What is Good Clinical Care for young people with Borderline Personality Disorder? (July 2015)

    This webinar follows on from the Rationale for Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder webinar. The evidence from treatment trials in young people and adults with Borderline Personality Disorder is that structured, high quality treatments perform almost as well as the specialised Borderline Personality Disorder treatments.
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