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Brisbane News Paula Barrett
Generation why From Brisbane News (Issue 737) This is an extract from a magazine that is about the new generation of children called “Generation why” and how they can deal with depression. This can be done with the Fun Friends program developed by Dr Paula Barrett. “What do most parents want for their children? Do they...
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After finding out about the FRIENDS program through a school talk delivered by Paula, one mum of two kids decided with the support of her husband to sign up to our Term 3 Fun Friends program. We spoke with her to find out more about her personal experience. She believed the course may be of...
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Many years ago, I found it necessary to expand the definition of resilience. Decades of working with children and adults with anxiety, has reinforced the necessity to challenge common conceptions, or misconceptions, particularly in relation to resilience! Resilience is not complicated, it’s simply more than just the ability to bounce back from adversity. A willingness...
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Dr Paula Barrett Silkstone State School
“Dear Paula, On behalf of Silkstone State School parents, teachers and neighbouring school colleagues we would like to thank you so much for your wonderful presentation on Wednesday 21st October. We felt that you presented in such a way that we felt inspired, informed and engaged. Your presentation gave us greater understanding of risk factors...
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The staff and volunteers in this term’s My Friends youth group were privileged to meet and work with so many enthusiastic and inspiring adolescents. It was pleasing to see the participants at ease so quickly and able to open up and partake in group discussions. This term, we interviewed some of our My Friends Youth...
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The annual Queensland Education Resources Expo (Quedrex) bought with it an exciting opportunity for the FRIENDS team to showcase our programs and training opportunities within these programs. Many of our visitors conveyed some of the issues they were experiencing at their schools/ in their classroom and expressed the need for resilience training across staff and...
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Listen to Dr. Jane Goodall talking about her life experiences and giving a great message of what makes us human.   “Take advantage of opportunity and above all, never give up” “Everyday brings its own kind of education and we can learn from it. If we keep our eyes and ears open and think of...
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Hi Paula, I thought you might like an update on P, who first saw you back in 2005 and did the Fun Friends program.  She is now in Year 11 and achieving amazing results. Her first report card for senior showed 3 A’s and 2 B’s.  She excels at all things musical, singing, playing the piano, guitar and drums...
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Have you considered how much your diet influences your mind and body? Luckily, the best foods for us are all found in nature, which is packed full of all the vitamins and minerals that we need. Fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole-grains are just some of the foods that are worth consideration. It’s never...
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When was the last time you were treated with empathy and how did it help you? Empathy means trying to put yourself in another living being’s position and considering how you would feel if it were you. Having empathetic skills is an important tool for understanding the way another is feeling. When we practise empathy,...
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