Do you have a troubled teen?
19 October 2015 - Is it normal for my teen to be moody? How do I talk to my teen about sex? Am I giving the right advice? These questions are surprisingly common. Whilst many parents worry about their teen, they often don’t know how to discuss topics such as sex, sexuality, drugs, self-harm, or bullying. Teens are part of a rapidly changing, technology-saturated world. Unfortunately we’re seeing an alarming increase in teen-suicides, drug addictions, unsafe sexual behaviors, eating disorders as well as cyber bullying. Despite this, many specialists continue to follow traditional forms of knowledge that only focus on the individual. Teens who struggle with poor self-esteem, or who are bullied because of their sexuality, identity or body are often labeled with a disorder, told they are in need of therapeutic interventions, and encouraged to change their behavior. Their parents are often advised to work on their teen’s ‘confidence’ by sending them to classes or camps said to teach ideals of ‘inner beauty’, ‘self-esteem’ or ‘better team-attitude’. These services often lack the necessary expertise on gender, identity, and sexuality and can have lasting, harmful effects on a young person.
Children learn from stress and failure: all the more reason you shouldn’t do their homework
6 October 2015 - A recent report by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards has suggested that parents are helping children cheat by completing their school homework, and has called for this issue to be addressed.
Body Obsession Disorders: Is Your Teen at Risk?
25 August 2015 - Extreme body focus is once again on the rise amongst young people, pre-teen and teen girls in particular. Many girls are showing high-risk signs such as reckless tanning, dieting, anxiety, self-harm, irritability and self-loathing. Experts agree that these behaviours are strongly linked to body obsession disorders and depression. Advertisements and social media relentlessly repeat messages about size, attractiveness, and beauty for consumer investment. Our younger generation is taking the brunt.
Selfies, sexting and bullying: Hints for raising a confident teen in the age of social media
17 May 2015 - Many young people use chat and image-based forums such as Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to connect by sharing photos and ideas. We often hear statements like, "teens are communicating faster and differently now" and "parents just need to get with the times". However, not all 'new' social practices are neutral or harmless. The world of technological media impacts on a developing teen's sense of self and their understanding of the world.
Graduate Profile - Rohan Etherington
12 May 2015 - Rohan's degree set him up for a career in environmental science, where he works on ecological field surveys of flora and fauna, rehabilitation projects, seed collections and propagation and management of threatened species. Negotiating difficult terrain, he is currently working on assessing a translocation site for a threatened species in central Queensland.
Job hunting tips for teens
19 March 2015 - Getting their first part time job is an important rite of passage for many teens but knowing where to start can be challenging. Should you apply online or in person? What do you put in a resume when you’ve never had a job before? Is it necessary to dress to impress? We’ll answer these questions and more in this collection of tips for job hunting teens....
Graduate Profile - Laura Boshammer
17 March 2015 - A brave move to Sydney for an administration job in media gave Laura the foot in the door she needed – just under a year later she is now the Advertising Art Director at Pat Callinan Media. Responsible for the management and design of advertising and editorial for both print and digital magazine titles, Laura’s degree set her up to succeed in a challenging and ever-changing industry.
Transition to high school
23 January 2015 - 100,000 students across Queensland are starting high school this week. Year 7s and 8s will make the transition together this year, with 2015 marking the first year of Year 7 being part of high school. Moving from primary to high school is a significant step and some students struggle with the change in social and classroom structure. As a parent you can provide support in a number of ways.
Graduate Profile - Sam Gourley
20 January 2015 - Sam Gourley graduated from USC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. He now runs his own private practice on the Sunshine Coast specialising in providing occupation therapy to children. Sam wanted to find a career that would combine his interest in holistic health care and his passion for helping others. He chose to specialise in paediatrics after discovering how much he enjoyed working with children he met on practical placements as part of his studies.