Parenting tips for nurturing the future mental health of their children are being offered in free public seminars as part of the New Zealand Psychological Society’s 50th jubilee celebrations.

Wellington registered psychologist Susan Wall will be guest speaker at the society’s Jubilee Wellington parenting seminar that aims to help parents nurture young people’s psychological health needs from an early age – as half of all lifetime cases of mental disorder start before the age of 14.

The free seminar is the third in a series of five being offered by the Society as part of celebrating the jubilee of its founding 50 years ago.  The society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Aotearoa New Zealand with more than 1200 members and 600 student subscribers.

Walls said  who we end up as adults, is very much shaped by our experiences, attitudes and beliefs as a child and young person. “This workshop is aimed to help parents consider what values they most want their ‘future adult’ to grow up with and will look at how this can be best translated in to action, when raising a young person.”

Society president Quentin Abraham said the psychologists aim in offering the seminar was to help parents think of ways to engage their children in activities that make their lives interesting and meaningful. “Parents can assist children to seek out experiences that enrich their relationships and to live their lives well.”

“Psychologists not only need to be on hand when there is a crisis but also available to help schools and parents develop their skills and resilience in these situations. Prevention and early intervention is beneficial and cost effective.  He said educational psychologists also had skills to help schools prevent mental health difficulties develop.

Free Seminars:

Wellington May 15, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, Wellington Girls College, The Hall, Pipitea Street

Speaker: Susan Wall (Registered Psychologist in Private Practice)

Topic: Growing Great Adults: An Introduction to Values-Based Parenting.

Christchurch, 24th May, 5.00-7.00pm, BreakFree on Cashel, 165 Cashel Street

Speaker: Sue Bagshaw (GP and Founder of Youth One-Stop Shop)
Topic: Parenting teenagers

Hamilton, 28 June, 5-7 pm River Lounge (Celebrating Age Centre), 30 Victoria Street
Speaker: Kirsty Dempster-Rivett (Clinical Psychologist and Teaching Fellow at Waikato University)
Topic: How Adults Can Work with Tweens and Teenagers to Facilitate Positive Outcomes

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