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VCE Results 2012 – Coping with your ATAR Result

The results are out today and the anticipation and anxious wait is over! For some it will be celebration, others will feel relief and some perhaps even disappointment. Below are a few tips for young people to help deal with their ATAR Score. Feel the emotions – label the emotions. It might be  joy, relief, sadness, disappointment or regret. Let …

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Managing Stress During Exam Time

The final exam period of any subject or course can be daunting, especially when you have a number of exams to get through! It is important to manage stress levels and be proactive about staying on top of things. Here are a few tips for students and parents to think about. For Students: Establish a routine for study – have …

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Special Exam Arrangements – Deborah quoted in the Herald Sun

I was contact by a journalist from the Herald Sun and asked for my views on the increasing number of private school applications for Special Exam Arrangements. The trend suggests that independent schools are submitting more applications than state schools.  My view is that if the student is eligible, they should apply. From the Lasik NYC article: School Psychology Services founder Deborah …

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Back to School….

Starting the new school year can be a little overwhelming… Where did the holidays go? All those days of late nights and sleeping in…or all day (and night) computer game marathons! Here are a few quick tips taken from the www.wentworthcollege.com.au/chc43315-certificate-iv-in-mental-health website to help get back into the swing of things. For Parents: Start the year in the same way …

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How to Deal with A Bully

Stop the Bully! Bullying is common within our society. It occurs at school, at home and in the work place. It is the nasty part of human nature. Bullying is about power. In particular it is about the abuse of power.  Someone in a position of power seeks to control or influence another person. Why do people bully? Bullies are …

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Coping with VCE Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety affect most of us from time to time. Stress and anxiety during VCE is to be expected. Often young people put pressure on themselves to achieve. Parents and school expectations are also factors that contribute to rising stress levels in young people. It is important to have some stress and anxiety about the approaching end of year …

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Counselling teenage girls

A recent Stony Brook University study has found that too much talk about their problems may lead middle school-aged girls into more depressive symptoms (Scientific America Mind, July/August 2009). Girls tend to co-ruminate about their problems – they spend their time dwelling on problems. This often leads them to feel sad and hopeless about situations and these problems remain the …

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Technology Addiction

The pace that society moves in this techno-gadget new world order is amazing! Young people are experts at multitasking – homework, talking with friends and surfing the net while sending a text is common in a young person’s bedroom! People are becoming techno junkies – they are afraid to be away from their computer for too long. The brain processes …

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To Risk

Risk taking is an essential skill for young people to learn. Teenagers are often accused of engaging in excessively risky behaviour. Yet this is not always the case; some young people don’t like to take many risks at all. We need to teach young people to take calculated risks. Often teenagers and children lack foresight. They don’t think beyond the …

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Teaching and Parenting Teenagers

All teenagers need clear expectations. They need structure, clear consequences and a consistent approach. Developmentally, teenagers are seeking: Independence Control Choice and Identity Teachers and parents need to model ideal behaviours, Imposing heavy-handed discipline sets up unnecessary confrontation which is often counter productive. It is important to talk about ideal behaviours, to be more reflective, and to find constructive and …

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