Psychology Week lecture on ‘building resilience in young people’

Published 11 November 2010

hanstock“Building and promoting resilience in young people” will be the subject of a public lecture in Armidale next Tuesday marking National Psychology Week.

The lecture will be given by Dr Tanya Hanstock, a Senior Clinical Psychologist who is the new Director of the University of New England’s Clinical Psychology Program.

After graduating from UNE with a Doctor of Psychology degree in 2003, Dr Hanstock (pictured here) devoted her early career to helping children with mental illness. She was one of the foundation psychologists at The Nexus Unit, a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit established in 2003 at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle. In 2005 she established The Bipolar Program – the first juvenile bipolar disorder clinic in Australia – within the Hunter New England Area Health Service.

Dr Hanstock said her lecture would “look at how we can help promote resilience in young people – especially to help those at risk of developing a mental health disorder”.

The free lecture, organised by the New England Branch of the Australian Psychological Society, will be at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 16 November in the Armidale Community Health Centre at the corner of Butler and Rusden Streets.

National Psychology Week (14-20 November) aims to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues, and the role that psychologists play in community wellbeing.

THE PHOTOGRAPH of Dr Tanya Hanstock displayed here was taken at a UNE graduation ceremony in 2008 when she was presented with a Young Distinguished Alumni Award.