2012 RDE Relate


Term 4, 2012

Identifying and supporting children at risk of anxiety and depression

Date: Thursday, 6th December 2012, 6.00pm – 7.00pm 
Presenters: Clinical psychologists, Melissa Theobald and Rowena Micha
About the session: There are many life events that can be extremely stressful and which can lead to children being at risk of suffering from anxiety and depression. Divorce, bullying, death, exams even Christmas can be stressful times! Come and join two prominent local Clinical psychologists, Melissa Theobald and Rowena Micha and learn some very useful tips and strategies for keeping you and your family healthy and relaxed in the good and not so good times! This was a must attend for all parents and caregivers! 

Session resources

  • Melissa and Rowena's Powerpoint 
  • Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-step Guide for Parents by Ronald M. Rapee, Ann Wignall. This was the book that Melissa and Rowena recommended. You can purchase the book from your local bookstore or online via  Amazon, Dymocks or Fishpond.
  • Rewatch a stream of the whole session. ( You must be logged on via from a NSWDEC computer in a NSWDEC setting. To stream this recording to 

Mental Health Hotline

About our presenters

Melissa Theobald & Rowena Micha

Melissa Theobald is a Clinical Psychologist who has 17 years of clinical experience working with young people and adults. She commenced work in the child and adolescent mental health team, then worked as a Senior Clinician for the Central West Division of General Practice. In both of these roles, Melissa practiced in rural communities, providing her insight into the issues faced by clinical practice in a rural area.

Rowena Micha has qualifications in clinical psychology and has over 10 years experience across community, day program and inpatient mental health settings.  She has worked with infants and parents, children, adolescents and adults.  Prior to commencing in private practice, Rowena’s role was a senior clinician at a newly established mental health service and she was responsible for service development, evaluating and implementing evidence based practices, and the instigation of a number of innovative and highly successful programs, of which one won the NSW Health Mental Health Award and another was listed as a finalist.  She has a strong background in research and was awarded the NSW Institute of Psychiatry Research Fellowship for her study on duration of untreated psychosis in rural and remote NSW.  Rowena has a sound understanding of the barriers and difficulties that face clients, clinicians and managers in rural and remote areas and has striven in her career to develop programs and cultivate teams in order to deliver best practices and facilitate efficient and effective teams. 

RDE Relate session

Dr Rich AllenTerm 3, 2012

Improve your Memory with Dr Rich Allen

Date: Thursday 23rd August 2012, 6.00pm – 7.30pm 
Presenter: Dr Rich Allen is visiting from the U.S. He has a PhD in Educational Psychology. His cognitive learning theory research gave him understanding on how the brain receives, processes, stores and recalls information – from which he developed a practical technique for teaching brain-based learning strategies to adults and teens.

About the session

This session was aimed at parents and students in Years 11 and 12 (stage 6). The focus was on learning strategies to increase your capacity to store and access information. Skills that are essential for life but inparticular for exams.

Term 1, 2012

Sharynne McLeodSupporting Children’s Speech and Language Development

Date: 8th March 2012 at 5pm
Presenter: Sharynne McLeod is Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition at Charles Sturt University.

About the session

An overview of how children learn to talk and practical ideas for supporting the development of speech and language and what to do if it does not work. A pdf of Sharynne's Powerpoint is available for download as well.

About Prof McLeod

Sharynne McLeod is Professor of Speech and Language Acquisition at Charles Sturt University. She is currently Australian Research Council Future Fellow undertaking research titled Speaking my language: International speech acquisition in Australia. Her research has taken her to different parts of the globe (e.g., Hong Kong, Norway, and Zambia) and this workshop will draw on both her research and insights from her travels. Professor McLeod provided expertise for the World Health Organization’s children and youth version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. She is editor of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vice president of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association, and is an elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and of Speech Pathology Australia. She has co-edited/co-authored the following books: International Guide to Speech Acquisition (Thomson/Cengage), Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children (Paul H. Brookes), Speech Sounds: A Pictorial Guide to Typical and Atypical Speech (Plural), Working with Families in Speech-Language Pathology (Plural), Multilingual Aspects of Speech Sound Disorders in Children (Multilingual Matters), and Listening to Children and Young People with Speech, Language, and Communication Needs (J&R Press).

McLeod (2012) - DE RDE Relate - Handout.pdf1.7 MB
Depression and Anxiety in Children.pptx880.49 KB

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