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What makes teenagers tick - A parent's guide

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A leading psychologist will offer Christchurch parents insights into the psychology of teenagers at a free public seminar run by the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) at BreakFree on Cashel, on May 24.

Psychological health needs to be nurtured in young people from an early age because half of all lifetime cases of mental disorder start before the age of 14. Guest speaker at the seminar will be Dr Sue Bagshaw, a GP and founder of Youth One-Stop Shop. The free seminar is being offered by the NZPsS as part of its 50th Jubilee celebrations. NZPsS celebrates 50 years of being the largest professional association for psychologists in Aotearoa New Zealand this year.

Dr Bagshaw says, "Early last century, Professor Hall declared that adolescence is a period of "storm and strife" and this description seems to have stuck. We now understand so much more about the developmental period between puberty and the end of the formative part of brain development, and in the light of this new understanding, we can declare that this is an exciting and ever changing but extremely important time of life."

"Our aim as psychologists is to help parents to 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," explains NZPsS president, Quentin Abraham.

"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. Educational psychologists have skills to help schools prevent mental health difficulties develop," he comments. Mr Abraham says the NZPsS has an active history of supporting bicultural practice and advocacy on social justice issues that impact on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. The Jubilee will be marked by events throughout the year and by a Jubilee conference in September.

Full list of events here: www.psychology.org.nz/pd-events/jubilee/?#.Ws2SQUxuKUl

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