Renowned clinical psychologist, researcher and author Andrew Fuller enlightened people from all different backgrounds and professions with his expertise on how to treat and deal with the complexities of our youth.
His workshop speech took place at the Mount Isa Civic Centre on Thursday, October 17, and was part of the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
Mr Fuller said he started out his career in psychiatric crisis teams, working with people who were often contemplating ending their lives.
"This inspired me to help people and to write about what creates resilience in communities and in the young mind," Mr Fuller said.
Mr Fuller said a large part of his message was to remind parents, adults and mentors that there were different ways to deal with different kids, and that remote kids sometimes don't think they are as academic as city kids.
"Small communities like this one in Mount Isa, I find the people devalue the town or themselves too often, kids in small towns don't think they are as smart as kids in Brisbane and its just not true," Mr Fuller said.
"In fact there are many advantages to living remote which include you become more self-resilient and self-reliant, so we forget about just how capable kids in Mount Isa really are and we want to re-enforce that remote kids are more than capable."
Mr Fuller said the number one successful trait in children was not how smart they were but how emotionally resilient they were.
"We can only be as healthy as our relationships, we need positive connections," he said.
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