Words matter: How to use frames effectively to advance child mental health

Words matter: How to use frames effectively to advance child mental health

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Annette Michaux, Vikki Leone and Victoria Parker
26 August 2020

This webinar is the second of a two-part series exploring the importance of language in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.

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26 August 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEST
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It is relatively common for children to experience mental health problems. Yet, without a shared understanding of child mental health between parents, communities and service providers, many do not receive the support they need. Getting the language of child mental health right is a crucial step in building this shared understanding, connecting children to necessary supports and preventing mental health difficulties into the future.

This webinar is the second in a two-part series exploring the importance of language in advancing child mental health. Building on a past CFCA webinar that focused on changing how we communicate with parents, this webinar will explore better ways of talking about child wellbeing. Specifically, it will:

  • review the evidence about what works in framing child wellbeing
  • explore the use of frames when working directly with families, and in communicating research to influence child wellbeing policy
  • share insights about how one community is reframing child development to improve parental engagement and outcomes for kids. 

This webinar is of interest to professionals working with children and families in health, education and social and community service settings.

Find out more about the first webinar in this series here: Words matter: Getting the language of child mental health right.

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

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About the presenters

Nat Kendall-Taylor

Nat Kendall-Taylor, PhD, is Chief Executive Officer at the FrameWorks Institute, a research think tank in Washington, D.C. He leads a multi-disciplinary team in conducting research on public understanding and framing of social issues and supporting non-profit organisations to implement findings. A psychological anthropologist, Nat publishes widely on communications research in the popular and professional press and lectures frequently in the United States and abroad. He is a senior fellow at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, a visiting professor at the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine, and a fellow at the British-American Project.

Annette Michaux

Annette is a Director at the Parenting Research Centre, an organisation dedicated to finding evidence-based solutions to support families in their parenting. Annette has played a sector-wide role, collaborating with the FrameWorks Institute and community and government organisations to implement the findings of the Reframing Parenting project. She is passionate about using evidence to communicate effective public policy messages that contribute to a society where children and their families can thrive.

Annette has held senior positions in government and non-government organisations for over 20 years and is a Board Member of Families Australia, the peak body for Australia’s child and family services.

Vikki Leone

Vikki is the Knowledge Translation Manager at the Centre for Community Child Health (The Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Children’s Research Institute). The focus of her work is facilitating strategic communication and the application of the best available research and knowledge to programs, policy and practice. With a focus on effective knowledge translation in early childhood, she partners with research, clinical and education initiatives to support planning, evaluation, implementation and professional development. Vikki is particularly interested in collaboration to advance the awareness, accessibility and application of evidence, and strategies for increasing engagement with research. She is a member of the Implementation Science Communication editorial board.

Victoria Parker

Victoria has been a key part of the Logan Together Backbone Team for the last three years and during that time has fallen in love with the Logan community. Victoria is a nationally awarded marketing communication professional with over 18 years’ experience working in the private and public sectors, with a passion for community, family and housing related work. Victoria has worked in a variety of roles and for a variety of organisations … from international mining giants (BHP) to founding her own online bikini business (selling into 35 countries), and now has corrected her course to exclusively work on social change initiatives for large-scale good.   

Victoria is the Deputy-Chair of the Lady Bowen Trust Board of Advisors – a Queensland Government established charitable entity that provides practical help to Queenslanders who are experiencing, or are at risk of, homelessness to stabilise their lives and build a better future.

Victoria has a 13-year-old son.

What did Victoria want for her future when she was a child? ‘I had to confirm this with my mum, because I was sure I had higher aspirations at 5 years, but apparently my overriding desire was to be able to read (and it didn’t come easily or fast) and to get roller skates for my next birthday.’

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26 August 2020 13:00 to 14:00 AEST
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