The Parenting Anxious Kids online course was researched and designed by author and award-winning parenting speaker Michael Grose and wellbeing expert Dr. Jodi Richardson.
Michael Grose has an education background and holds a Master of Educational Studies, with research into what makes healthy families tick. He has conducted over 1500 parenting seminars and is the author of ten parenting books, including Spoonfed Generation, and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael appears regularly on television, including Channel Ten’s The Today Show, and is a popular and entertaining speaker.
Dr. Jodi Richardson is a mental health, wellbeing and happiness science speaker, educator and married mum of two primary school aged children. She’s dedicated to helping parents and teachers understand anxiety in their children and students; how it makes them feel (and why), and how to respond in ways that empower anxious kids with the insights and skills they need to flourish.
A team of experts with a wealth of knowledge
Our presenters gathered a team of leading experts to share their wisdom, knowledge and expertise. Here’s a little about them:
Associate Professor Craig Hassed is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, coordinator of a wide variety of Monash mindfulness programs and is an internationally recognised speaker, educator and author. He features in the mind body medicine documentary, The Connection, and is an ambassador for Smiling Mind.
Dr. Chris McCurry is a clinical psychologist who hails from Seattle, Washington, USA where he runs a busy clinical practice specialising in assessment and treatment of children and teenagers experiencing anxiety. His primary mode of treatment is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, also known as ACT. Chris is the author of six books, including Parenting your Anxious Child with Mindfulness and Acceptance and Working with Parents of Anxious Children. Chris’s expertise in the area of children’s anxiety management is recognised by professionals around the world.
Nicole Topp is a practising naturopath for over 16 years. She is especially dedicated to discovering how anxiety affects the children she treats, what exacerbates their symptoms and supporting them with evidence-based nutrition and herbal medicine. Her personal experience of anxiety and as a parent of two anxious children means that Nic understands how anxiety impacts the family unit and how incredibly important it is to feel supported.
Associate Professor Lena Sanci is committed to improving the mental health and well-being of children and young people. A medical doctor, Lena is Deputy Head of the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. In addition to her work at the university, which includes overseeing the department’s primary care network of around 1000 medical practices and co-leading the children’s and young people’s research stream, Lena works with teenagers at Family Planning Victoria’s action centre.