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Teenage Equilibrium Conference 2011

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

St Stithians Boys’ College in Johannesburg was proud to host the ‘Teenage Equilibrium Conference: Adolescent well-being in a modern day South Africa’ on 01 and 02 July 2011. The conference was held to equip teachers, psychologists and counsellors in schools with current theory and the application thereof in the domains of educational and developmental well-being.

Proceedings were opened by Professor Jonathan Jansen, Rector of the University of the Free State, who shared his experiences in dealing with the politics of youth in our unique South African context. Thereafter the diverse programme featured distinguished speakers. Police reservist Captain Colin Morris gave valuable insight into teenagers and the law within the framework of the new Child Act, and Dr Elizabeth Walton (WITS University) challenged current paradigms of inclusive education.

Paul Tosio and Craig Webber from Juno Study Skills highlighted the need to make our adolescents active learners in order to succeed with their studying; Dr Doret Kirsten (North-West University) spoke on adolescent brain development and Dr Jon Patricios, sports physician at the Morningside Sports Clinic, raised concerns about the multi-billion dollar supplement industry and its impact on our teenagers. Sean Tunmer, a clinical psychologist from the Royal Bafokeng Institute, addressed the role that schools play in adolescents’ search for equilibrium; Ramon Thomas from NETucation warned of the dangers of social networking, but also encouraged the use of technology as an educational and counselling tool; and psychiatrist Dr Anita Gangaram spoke on current trends in medication in treating adolescents who present with a range of conditions. From St Stithians, Dr Cynthia Laureano defined the role of teachers, psychologists and concerned staff in assisting adolescents to develop resilience and Greg Crighton gave insight into a way forward in addressing the challenges of developing adolescent literacy.

Category: Summer 2011

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