Intelligence Testing and Children

While intelligence testing provides clinicians with information in diagnostic, predictive and remedial functions, they are too often relied upon as sole indicators of a child's ability. In this presentation, Dr Banks outlines the vices and virtues of child IQ testing, the many tests conducted at Sydney Counselling Centre, and the variety of complementary ways in which child abilities should be evaluated. 

Play Presentation 'Intelligence Testing and Children'

Law for School Counsellors: A Clinician’s Perspective

Dr Banks gave a presentation to the LawSense 'Law for School Counsellors NSW' seminar to assist school counsellors in their case note and report writing while considering legal issues and risks. It covered topics such as: 

  • How can school counsellors’ notes be used in legal proceedings?
  • What should you include in your notes?
  • Exploring best practice in recording discussions, quotes from clients, tasks given to clients and other interactions
  • Computer notes versus hand written notes
  • Key points to consider in writing reports for Court proceedings

The presentation can be downloaded in PDF here. 

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Mental Health and Young People

Mental health problems occur in any social group, at any age, but the highest level seems to occur in adolescents and young adults. 

Research shows that in an average Australian school of 1000 pupils:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 students have a behavioural or mental health problem
  • 50 students are seriously depressed at any one time
  • 120 may have anxiety disorders
  • Around 20 may have obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Around 10 have an eating disorder
  • As many as 20 may attempt suicide, and many more self-harm

These statistics are even more alarming when you consider that very few young people with mental health or behavioural problems currently receive psychological support.