Self-directed online training

Event description

This course examines practice strategies for supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of children with higher weight. It aims to improve your understanding of the connections between higher weight and mental health in childhood.

This course does not offer specific guidance on providing advice to children about diet or exercise. However, it does provide support for non-stigmatising conversations with children and families who are concerned about their weight. Part of this involves using neutral, non-judgemental language when talking about a child’s weight. Throughout this course, we use the term ‘higher weight’ unless referring to a scientific study that uses a specific term (for example ‘overweight’ or ‘obese’).

This session will cover:

The practice skills demonstrated throughout this course will increase your:
- understanding that children with higher weight are at greater risk of negative mental health outcomes
- understanding of and ability to address the effects of weight stigma and bullying on children
- focus on the child’s best and healthiest life, rather than weight and weight loss
- strategies in developing a team around the child, consisting of supporting adults who provide cohesive and encouraging messages; and
- use of positive and non-judgemental language with children and their families.

Eligibility criteria

This course is for any practitioner who works with children with higher weight and their families. It will follow the journey of a fictional mother (Sarah) and son (Tom) to demonstrate conversations with both a general practitioner and a social worker.

Categories: Capability 8 - Working effectively with families, carers and supporters, Capability 14 - Embedding evidence-informed continuous improvement, Working with infants, children, and younger persons, Understanding and responding to physical health needs
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing, Other
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Youth, Adult

2 hours

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Provided by Emerging Minds