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UC Connect lecture: Quake kids - how do we help our tamariki?

Thursday, February 07, 2019   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: mental health, children, Lectures, earthquake recovery, seminar, mental wellbeing

How do we improve learning and behaviour of school children after a natural disaster?
How do we help our tamariki after 10,000+ quakes?

On the eve of the eighth anniversary of the deadly 2011 Canterbury earthquake, a panel of mental health and education experts will discuss ways to help quake-affected children who’ve been shaken by thousands of aftershocks and the chaos of living in the aftermath.

Date: Thursday 21st February 2019.
Time: 7 to 8pm.
Location: C Block Lecture theatre at the University of Canterbury’s Ilam campus.

Register online to attend this free lecture on helping quake kids.

University of Canterbury Associate Professor Kathleen Liberty, from the College of Education (Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora) will describe how children respond to traumatic events and why some children develop chronic stress, and how this affects them - drawing on her 12 years of research into Christchurch children’s mental health. Dr Liberty will outline three steps for helping stressed children. She will explain why the strategies are effective, and point the way toward enhanced community resilience with evidence collected from more than 1000 children.

Learning and behaviour expert Maureen Allan coordinates school requests for support for children. She will describe the increased demand and nature of problems facing schools in post-earthquake Christchurch.

Primary school principal John Bangma will describe how principals led school change to introduce the strategies for helping children, teachers and parents.

Educator Britta Liberty's manualised programmes are being piloted in schools, and she will describe positive psychology programmes that teachers and parents can use to help children cope with future stressors.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch