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Southern Highlands Branch Meeting 2022-6

Clare Rowe“The Rise of Fragility and Poor Mental Health in our Youth: Where are we going wrong?”

Clare Rowe
Educational and Developmental Psychologist
Rowe and Associates Child and Family Psychology

Date: Thursday, 21 July 6.30 pm AEST 
Venue: RSL Mittagong, Alexander Room (1st Floor)
All are welcome

Summary: In order to combat the steep rise of mental health diagnoses, more money than ever is being poured into educational programs, particularly in our schools. Yet the more funding that is thrown at the issue, the greater the problem exponentially grows. Could it be that weaponising an individual with the language of depression and anxiety is in fact pathologising the normal human experience? Every generation has always looked down on the next as weak and somewhat entitled, the "back in my day" phase making teenage eyes roll worldwide. But are the youth of 2022 really less resilient and more vulnerable to crumbling into a rocking heap in the corner at the slightest inconvenience?

Clare Rowe is the founder of Rowe & Associates Child and Family Psychology. As an educational and developmental psychologist, she specialises in paediatric psychology including assessment and diagnosis of childhood disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disorders, and giftedness. She has extensive experience in the treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety and depression and parental training in the management of oppositional behavioural difficulties. Clare is known for her no-nonsense approach and her firm belief that children and families should not be in long-term therapy — with most common behavioural difficulties being able to be significantly improved in a few practical sessions of help. Clare also has a particular specialty in appearing as an Expert Witness in the Family Court in high conflict cases. Clare is a commentator on child and adolescent mental health, appearing regularly on Sky News and writing for The Australian newspaper.

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