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Evidence-based Mental Health: Learn and Grow:

October 20, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


This meeting will demonstrate new methods of multimedia engagement in keeping with the 2016 October Mental Health Month theme Learn and Grow:

“Research tells us that taking part in challenging activities benefits our mental health and wellbeing. .. Take part in an enjoyable activity like learning to play a new instrument, … When we share something we are passionate about such as looking after the environment, or teaching guitar, we are sharing our knowledge and experience.” (Mental Health Association NSW – WayAhead)

The World Federation for Mental Health prescribes: “Stimulate new areas of your brain and grow more connections among brain cells by intellectually challenging yourself. Solve a puzzle, learn a new musical instrument, read a challenging book, play a board or card game, attend a lecture or play, or write a short story”.

This positive theme will be carried through in November National Psychology Week APS Compass for Life “sharing Ways to Thrive, distilled from psychology research … activities, often the ones that we love doing or those that utilise our strengths, that transport us and absorb us makes for a deeper more interesting life.”.

Dr Tom Benjamin will continue the series on Neuroplasticity. Some of the big questions arising from all of this are:

• Do hyped and expensive ‘brain-training’ programmes outperform traditional therapies?
• Are supposed ‘specialists’ required for neuroscience-based interventions? At what cost?
• Are there risks of doing it ‘the wrong way’?
or are there ‘no significant differences’ compared to conventional therapies,
campfires, sing-alongs, karaoke, physical exercize, and social interactions?

In this presentation Tom will demonstrate cognitive principles applied to affordable multimedia techniques including his recent Australian Innovation Patented system of music learning and paper delivered at the Australasian Simulation Congress.

Tom was a clinical psychologist in the largest teaching hospitals in the nation: Prince Henry/Prince of Wales and Rozelle Hospitals in Sydney. He was the Research Officer for the NSW Psychosurgery Review Board, reporting to the Royal Commission into Mental Health Services. He was a founder of the forensic psychology group of the Australian Psychological Society. In recent years, as Senior Researcher for the Centre for Learning Innovation in the NSW Dept of Education & Communities, he developed multimedia applications to education and communities and as part of this launched a series of online courses on Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychotherapy and Neuropsychology


Arts Council Seminar Hut
Hut #6 Duke St
COFFS HARBOUR, NSW 2450 Australia


Dr Tom Benjamin