Robert McMahon

Family-based interventions for young children with conduct problems: Lessons learned and future directions
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Dipesh Navsaria

Early Experiences Elevate Everything: Early Brain and Child Development and the Future of Society
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Charlotte Johnston

Families and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
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Matthew Sanders

Competent parenting: The key to preventing social emotional and behavioural problems in children
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Helping Families Change Conference

The Helping Families Change Conference is a leading international scientific event. The conference is of interest to practitioners, policy makers, and researchers working with families in the health, education, and welfare sectors, and to graduate students with an interest in child and family issues. Those attending will be presented with state-of-the-art knowledge, contribute to debate, and engage in hands-on practice with leaders in the field of family intervention.

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  • Conference dates

    3 – 5 February 2016

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Matthew Sanders

Keynote speaker

Competent parenting: The key to preventing social emotional and behavioural problems in children
There is nothing more important in promoting the healthy development and well being of children than the quality of parenting a child receives regardless of their life circumstances. Changing parenting is also an extremely cost effective means of influencing developmental outcomes. Competent parenting is the key to preventing child social emotional and behavioural problems that provides a common pathway to confident, resilient and skilled children. From single subject research in the early 1980s that investigated individually administered parenting programs to a widely disseminated public health approach that has impacted millions of families worldwide, Triple P has evolved an array of evidence-base interventions designed to overcome a diverse range of clinical problems affecting families’ every day. To design a program with such far reaching effects, it is essential that various delivery modalities are made accessible and normalized. Numerous studies have shown that self-directed and technology assisted interventions are very promising and complement practitioner delivered interventions. This flexibility has inspired the more recent innovation work investigating how the  Triple P system, can be used to reduce the adverse effects of poverty on developing communities and furthermore enhance the livelihoods and wellbeing of the people in such communities. The difficulties faced and lessons learnt through implementing a large scale evidence-base positive parenting program across a diverse range of communities will be discussed.
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Charlotte Johnston

Keynote speaker

Families and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a relatively prevalent disorder, and is increasingly recognized as one that persists across the lifespan. Thus, many children with ADHD reside in homes where a parent may also have high levels of ADHD symptoms. This talk presents an overview of recent research on families and the presence of ADHD symptoms in children and/or parents. Findings from studies assessing both child and parent ADHD symptoms, and their relations to thoughts and actions in parent-child interactions and to the presence of comorbid conditions are summarized. Research findings are presented so as to emphasize how they can best inform the development and implementation of effective interventions for these families.
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Robert McMahon

Keynote speaker

Family-based interventions for young children with conduct problems: Lessons learned and future directions
Parent management training (PMT) has amassed a considerable body of empirical support over the past 50 years, and is arguably the treatment of choice for young (3-7 year-old) children with conduct problems. At the same time, there are many areas in which further clinical work and research evaluation are needed. The primary goals of this presentation are to describe: a) similarities and differences among the major evidence-based forms of PMT; b) what is known about the effects of PMT interventions; and c) areas for future clinical and research investigation.
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Dipesh Navsaria

Keynote speaker

Early Experiences Elevate Everything: Early Brain and Child Development and the Future of Society
The experiences a child undergoes in the first thousand days of life shape their physical, mental and social well-being throughout their life course.  The impact of early adversity, well-recognized as having psychosocial consequences, is now found to have biological underpinnings as well.  Dr Navsaria will discuss the role of toxic stress, adverse child experiences, and how this information can be used to shape early intervention and prevention programs including positive parenting programs and policies.
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