My Visualize Your Thesis 2020 for CQUniversity Entrance My colleague Chantelle Clarke and I have both entered into the CQUniversity 2020 Visualize Your Thesis competition this year. While all the entries are fantastic I would appreciate some votes please for either of us as we try use compassion focused training to help the lives of our chosen population groups. Those with Lipoedema in Chantelle’s case and Parent’s raising one or more children with special needs in my case. The prize is an additional $1500 towards our research budgets which can help in so many ways. Everything from project development through

  One of my colleagues is looking for a few more participants for their research project. If any of you were around for my honors research project you know just how much it means to get participants. If you have some time and can help please consider it. An acute guided imagery intervention and reaction times Research Study You are invited to participate in a CQUniversity honours research project that is investigating the influence of acute focused imagery interventions on reaction times. To participate, you are invited to complete a 15 min survey in which you will receive one of

SIDE NOTE: Even with years of telling my kids that they are perfect as is and don’t need to conform I still struggled for now over a week to post this message. The desire to belong and conform is strong and I am mostly doing this to lead by example. If I don’t want my kids to be ashamed of THEIR neurodiversity then I MUST ACCEPT my own.   One week ago today I went into an appointment terrified, even with a nice Psychiatrist it felt all to real and scary. I made the appointment to triple check the medications

Is it wrong I’m thoroughly loving the shift to online events thanks to COVID??? “TEFOS, The Executive Function Online Summit, is a game-changer for parents. It features thought leaders in Executive Function, parenting, giftedness, twice-exceptional (2e) leaners, emotional regulation, social challenges, anxiety, learning differences, neurodiversity, and more. “ – (Perler, 2020) VIEW MORE Starts AUG 21 So I came across this link in one of my many Facebook groups and thought it looked cool. I’ve signed up to have a look and hopefully learn a little more about how the executive functioning side of my families challenges can be supported

Why Add Research Notes into EndNote You never know when you will need that bit of information down the track Makes it easier to search for your own and authors notes You can build up your own data and feedback on certain key articles over time Allows you to save your notes at the point of reference keeping it all neat and tidy   Step 1 Open up your document which hopefully has your reference (in this case Conti, 2015) and then the bulleted notes you’ve added in. You’re going to do the good old ctrl+c /ctrl+v for this one.

Food and Mood Study You are invited to complete a brief 12-minute survey that seeks to compare different dietary patterns and their relationship to mood.   If you are between 18-44 and are an Australian citizen or resident, then please click the link below and you will be directed to the survey. Followers of any diet type are welcome to take part (Omnivores, Vegans or Vegetarians).   The information you provide will contribute to the existing literature on dietary patterns, including plant-based diets and psychological outcomes. The results are intended to help CQU University honours researchers and society better understand

One of the underlying concepts of Psychology that shapes the way in which Psychologists are regulated and governed within Australia is that of the Scientist-Practitioner approach to practice. The Scientist-Practitioner Model seeks to bridge two previously separate roles within Psychology, that of the researcher and clinician. From the first baby steps taken in your undergraduate studies, through to your professional development requirements, Psychologists in Australia are tasked with maintaining the analytical mind of the scientist alongside their interpersonal counseling skills. For some this presents as a more clinical (excuse the pun) appraisal of therapeutic alternatives and a deeper understanding of

What on earth is a High Demand Care-giving Environment? So on my journey through study and research I kept coming up with the rather frustrating division of clumping together different family environments of needs based on the diagnosis of the child or parent. I understand this, it stems from the basic research design formula we use to try unravel the story from each unique perspective. There is however just one teeny tiny flaw in this approach, it focuses on the apparent cause of the parental demands rather than the level of demand being placed.

One of the interesting and somewhat unexpected aspects to finally conducting my own research has been the variety of feedback and responses to it. Thankfully most have approached their responses in a polite and pleasant manner which is greatly appreciated. From information and requests to alter phrasing to be more inclusive through to overall comments on the survey design itself. By and large I can and will adjust as requested as a) I genuinely don’t intend harm or distress towards others and b) I am only human and I can and will make mistakes – happy to learn and grow

I was asked today why I mention the limitations of autism in my participation recruitment video. The reality is that we all face limitations, from the boundaries of physics through to the inevitability of death. One of the most biggest turning points in my own journey in raising my neurodiverse family was when a Psychologist challenged me to rethink what those limitations meant. A limitation can be viewed as an immovable boundary, forced upon you to clip your metaphorical wings. When you view them this way they become points of despair and friction in your life. The “I’ll never” and