IMPORTANT INSIGHT: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will be leading an evening of discussion in Chinchilla on Monday.
IMPORTANT INSIGHT: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will be leading an evening of discussion in Chinchilla on Monday. Contributed

Worried about your kids? Child psychologist here to help

LEADING Australian adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will lead timely discussions in Chinchilla this coming week.

Parents and community members will have the opportunity to listen to Dr Carr-Gregg discuss issues ranging from bullying, mental health, wellbeing, and how to build resilience in children at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre on Monday from 5.30-7.30pm.

Chinchilla State School head of curriculum Andrew Dixon said Dr Carr-Gregg was sought out in response to parents' concerns about bullying in all its forms.

"I don't know if it will address the problem, but at least it will start the conversation and give us some data-driven information by an expert about bullying,” Mr Dixon said.

"However as he is a child psychologist it won't just be about bullying, it will be about the children and about how all the influences are impacting on them and how we can best support and deal with the issues they are dealing with.”

Dr Carr-Gregg has been the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's morning shows and has also written several best-selling books on parenting, including Surviving Adolescents, The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0, Beyond Cyberbullying and When to Really Worry. He has also worked with organisations including Reach Out and beyondblue.

Mr Dixon said the open community event would allow everyone to benefit from Dr Carr-Gregg's knowledge.

"District teachers and school staff will first hear what he has to say during their pupil free day, and, this will be followed by the open event in the evening where community members can come listen and also ask any questions they would like to,” he said.

"Having an expert of his calibre coming out to talk to us and give some insights into child psychology and student development is really a great thing for Chinchilla, we are very lucky”.

Free tickets have been distributed to school families and extra tickets can be purchased at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre on Monday afternoon at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for concessions.

A free supervised movie with popcorn will be running at the cinema for the children to attend while parents are listening to Dr Carr-Gregg.


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