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Michael
Carr-Gregg

Australia's highest profile adolescent and child psychologist

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Profile

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting, children, adolescents and the use of technology for mental health.

Current Work

Michael is the author of 14 best-selling books on parenting including Surviving Adolescents, The Princess Bitchface Syndrome 2.0, Beyond Cyberbullying and When to Really Worry.

Michael has been the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise for over a decade, as well as a social commentator on the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW and Sky News. He is a columnist for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Girlfriend Magazine and the Australian Boarding Schools Association publication LightsOut.

Michael is an Ambassador for Smiling Mind, Big Brothers Big Sister, Read the Play and Road Trauma Families Victoria and sits on the National Centre Against Bullying and the Federal Government’s Online Safety Working Group.

Michael works in private practice at Corporate and Personal Consulting in Melbourne.

Michael is the Commonwealth representative to the Australian Children's Television Foundation helping to develop children's television policy and supporting new children's media.

Previous Experience

PhD: Dr Carr-Gregg wrote his PhD at the University of NSW on Adolescents with Cancer and named and founded CanTeen more than 30 years ago with a group of young cancer patients. He has also worked as an academic, researcher, and political lobbyist.

Travels from Victoria, Australia

Media
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Talking Points

The Parenting Adolescents Quiz


An entertaining and informative session, where Michael engages the participants in an informative and entertaining series of sessions on what parents need to know about the latest developments in adolescent psychology.

Princess Bitchface Syndrome


What every parent needs to know about parenting teenage girls, based on Michael's bestselling book published by Penguin.

Real Wired Child: What Kids are Doing Online and How to Keep Them Safe


A summary of what the latest research says kids are doing online and how to keep them safe. Includes everything parents need to know about social networking sites, cyberbullying, internet addiction, filtering software and online games.

The Five Greatest Challenges for Parents


What every parent needs to know about millennial parenting, covering alcohol, online safety, sleep and other key issues.

Demystifying Adolescents


A crash course in the developmental psychology of adolescents - how to understand and communicate effectively with young people.

Mental Health Issues for Young People


What parents need to know about depression, suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people.

Coping with the VCE/HSC/IB/SACE/WACE Years


A night for parents and students to prepare them for the VCE/HSC/IB years with practical tips and strategies from the applied psychological research, for both student and parents designed to reduce stress and increase productivity.

Coping with Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs


What parents need to know about contemporary adolescent drug use and their role in reducing the harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Contains the latest research and statistics on teenage drug use.

Mental Health Issues for Young people


What teaching staff need to know about mental health problems in schools. Including practical strategies on how to recognise depression. There is a major emphasis on the role of depression in youth suicide, eating disorders, deliberate self-harm and other mental health problems in young people. Strategies for schools to enhance the mental health of students - How schools can work together with parents and the community to develop resilience-promoting structures and process in secondary schools. A very practical session with concrete suggestions for involving staff, students and parents.

Mental Health Issues for Staff

Never has teaching been such a stressful profession. This talk covers the major stressors, signs of burnout, stress management techniques and concrete strategies to improve individual staff member's coping strategies, including advice on how to sleep better.

How Technology can help Student Wellbeing


The internet is entering its third reincarnation. The technology is getting speedier and cleverer and the National Broadband Network means that our young people will - whether we like it or not - be continuously connected, meaning that we will all have a 'real wired child'. The uptake of information and communication technologies (ICT) have created a new space in which young people can learn and play, be amazingly creative as well as interact with each other. The internet is unarguably the greatest communications revolution since Gutenberg invented his press in 1440. It is a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge that is Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network we know as YouTube and the online metropolises of Instagram and Facebook. While the media focus has been on cyberbullying, sexting, sexually explicit material and online predators there is an upside to the technology and this presentation explores how we can use technology to promote student wellbeing in the form of smart phone apps, web-based programs and wearable devices.

Coping with Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs


What schools need to know about contemporary adolescent drug use and their role in reducing the harms from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Contains the latest research and statistics on teenage drug use.

Hypotheticals


For conferences and training days, an entertaining and informative addition to a staff-training day or conference. An opportunity to examine some of the ethical, moral and legal dilemmas in working with young people. These can be customised to particular issues (e.g. mental health, drugs, bullying) and year level if required.

Interactive Quizzes


For conferences and training days, an entertaining and informative addition to a staff-training day or conference, where Michael engages the participants in an informative and entertaining series of sessions on what workers with young people need to know about the latest developments in adolescent psychology.

Screening for the Adolescent at Risk


Practical, no-nonsense strategies for welfare staff, year level co-ordinators, house masters, school chaplains and other welfare staff.

Dealing with Loss and Grief in Adolescents


How to recognise and manage the young person coping with loss.

Coping with the VCE/HSC/SACE/WACE/IB Years


A session for students to prepare them for the VCE/HSC/IB/WACE/SACE years with practical tips and strategies to reduce stress and increase productivity.

The Ten Most Important Things you Should Tell your Children to Build Resilience and Happiness


The latest news from the science of positive psychology applied to bringing up children and teenagers.

Boys Issue


Looking at the evidence which confronts us of so many young men suiciding, being suspended from school, in trouble on the streets and struggling to achieve at school, any sensible person would have to conclude that young males are in considerable difficulties. Not all young men, but sufficient young men to cause concern. The puzzle for future generations will be why it took governments so long to act. This workshop examines the nature and extent of the problem and looks at what the latest research is saying schools and parents might do to help.

Keeping Your Staff Together - A corporate guide to mental health and increased productivity


According to a PWC report, mental health problems in the workplace cost Australia over $11 billion annually. This presentation focuses on prevention - offering the top ten key evidence-based strategies to maintain wellbeing which will in turn, lead to increases in productivity. Each strategy is augmented with a smartphone app, web-based program or biometric device.

The 8 Secrets of Happiness - What every executive should know about promoting staff mental health


This presentation summarizes the last 15 years of research in positive psychology and provides participants with 8 thoughtful, practical and evidence based practical strategies to improve individual wellbeing. Offers participants a game changing paradigm that is simple and effective.

Work / Family Balance - how to achieve the perfect equilibrium


The latest research tells us that Australia is at its highest suicide rate in 13 years, and the largest national stress survey carried out last year reveals the highest levels of stress ever recorded. More worryingly, it seems that the steps Australians take to reduce stress are doomed to failure. So how can we get a work-life balance? This presentation outlines the latest information from the science of wellbeing to give simple practical steps which have an evidence base. So if you want help in prioritizing between "work" and "lifestyle" this is unmissable!

The Chief Nourisher in Life's Feast: Sleep - and how to get it?


The fact is that 53% of Australian adults have some kind of medical issue that impacts their sleep, with almost 2 in 10 adults reporting insomnia, chronic pain and snoring (all 16%). After a bad night’s sleep, Australian adults report they aren’t as motivated (52%), they look tired (49%), they are moody/irritable (46%), or they can’t concentrate (42%). Australia are increasingly recognising the importance of healthy sleep, and the consequences of poor sleep. This talk is a crash course in the psychology of sleep, what it is, why it is so important and how to get more of it.

Understanding and Working with Millennials


Millennials are generally described as those born in the 1980s and 1990s, which means the oldest members of the generation-also known as Generation Y-began entering the workforce in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This talk describes how to work effectively with Millennials who have a drastically different outlook on what they expect from their employment experience.

Raising Happy and Resilient Young People

This talk explores what the science of psychology tells us build resilience in young people and what parents can do to incorporate these evidence based strategies into their parenting practices. In addition, the positive psychology movement has given us 10 key messages that all parents can now share with their children which will greatly increase the chances of their children having higher levels of well-being.

The Prince Boofhead Syndrome


While many young men play positive roles in their communities, do well at school and are a credit to their families and themselves this presentation argues that there are a small but growing proportion of boys who are characterized by arrogance, conceit, a sense of superiority, excessive need for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. They exhibit fragile egos, an inability to tolerate criticism, and a tendency to belittle others in an attempt to validate their own superiority. This presentation talks about the origins of the syndrome and what schools and parents might do to prevent it..

Dealing with Grief in Teenagers


Each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they love.
When a parent, sibling, friend or relative dies, adolescents feel the overwhelming loss of someone who helped shape their fragile self-identities. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever.
Caring adults, whether parents, teachers, counselors or friends, can help teens during this time.
If adults are open, honest and loving, experiencing the loss of someone loved can be a chance for young people to learn about both the joy and pain that comes from caring deeply for others. This talk outlines the skills, knowledge and strategies to help young people tackle the tasks of grief.
Topics

Innovation

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Lifestyle & Wellbeing

  • Work-Life Balance
  • Mental Health
  • Stress
  • Nutrition
  • Relationships

Motivational

  • Grief & Loss
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Michael Carr-Gregg was outstanding! Keeping the attention of 16 and 17 year old boys can be hard but he has a gift which keeps them spellbound. He entertains and informs adults and teens alike, leaving them talking, discussing and thinking, all of which leads to an increase in and hopefully improvement in all levels of communication. Wesley was positively buzzing after Michael's visit and children and parents have been recounting his anecdotes and comments. Wesley College
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