Life can be challenging and may include many stressful situations. Parents and children can feel overwhelmed by different things at different times. Resilience is the ability to steer through serious life challenges and find ways to bounce back and to thrive. We are born with the capacity for resilience. But resilience is not something we have or don’t have. We work on it throughout our lives. And we need to start as early as possible. Parents are the most important people to help build their children’s resilience. Children learn a lot by watching their parents. When parents cope well with everyday stress, they are showing their children how to do the same.
This workshop will focus on ways in which families can help to build the resilience of children and ensure they live happier, healthier lives.
A little bit about Dr Fiona Martin:
Dr Martin is registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists (CEDP).
She holds multiple degrees in psychology and has received intensive training from The Centre for Behavioural Sciences in Medicine, University of Sydney and the TEACCH Autism Program, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina. She has worked with young children, adolescents and parents for many years in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings including hospitals, universities, non-government organisations, schools and preschools.
Dr Martin has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of difficulties including developmental, learning, emotional, behavioural and attention difficulties. She has a long held interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and her PhD focused on improving the social functioning of young people with high functioning ASD. Dr Martin is skilled in a range of therapeutic techniques and parenting programs. She consults to a variety of organisations and has been involved in a number of research studies including factors influencing children's ability to report past events and effective early intervention methods for children with ASD.