Inside The World Of Girls
A Workshop For People Working With Girls 8 And Up
Our girls have been born in a unique time in history and have a unique culture which defines them. They have been given experiences and opportunities that former generations could have only dreamt about, yet they are also facing challenges which have not confronted any other generation in the same way. As professionals it can be challenging to know how best to respond and support girls, especially given the increasingly early presentation of many of these concerns. Families and the wider community are also increasingly turning to the professional community for direction and guidance.
This day long workshop is designed to assist helping, caring and education professionals gain a deeper understanding of the contemporary challenge’s tweens and teens face, by giving them an inside look at the world of girls. Using case studies and video footage, this workshop will explore this generation’s key influences and vulnerabilities, and the issues which are defining teenage culture.
Participants will walk away with new insights and proven, tailor made strategies that promote resilience, respect, happiness, self-control and responsibility; aiming to see each one of our girls free to pursue their unique potential and be a positive catalyst for change in their world.
Some of the key areas Michelle will explore include:
- Teenage culture. What is ‘normal’ for pre-teen and teenage girls today?
- Influences and vulnerabilities. An in-depth look at social media, sexuality, anxiety, emotional regulation, self-harm and friendship issues, and their influence on wellbeing.
- Targeted early intervention and prevention strategies to promote resilience, responsibility and happiness for girls.
- Connection as the core of influence. Practical strategies for engaging girls in meaningful conversations with relevance and credibility;
- De-coding girls early ‘at risk’ behaviours and promoting protective support networks;
- The future. How challenges, fears and disappointments can be the catalyst for positive change in girl culture.
Michelle Mitchell is a tweens and teens specialist. Based in Brisbane, she is an educationalist and author of five highly acclaimed books including “Parenting Teenage Girls In The Age Of A New Normal” and “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell Their Parents” and “Self-Harm: Why Teens Do It And What Parents Can Do To Help”. Michelle founded the Australian charity Youth Excel delivering group programs and mentoring to thousands of teenagers each year. She is a regular contributor on Australian network television and other media on issues relating to young people. Her practical tone, down to earth humour and hands on experience mean she has a unique way of captivating her audience and taking them into the inner workings of the minds of teenage girls.
There is plenty of parking available onsite