Ep 42: Child Psychiatry

Learn about children’s behavioural issues to be the best educator, parent and carer you can be. As a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, Dr Chris Wever helps children, schools, parents, and educators overcome behavioural issues early on. Leave this heartfelt conversation feeling empowered to recognise signs in young children today for a better tomorrow.

So what’s this episode really about

  • The difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist; it may be different than you think!
  • The reasons why children might visit a psychiatrist and the depression, anxiety, autism, and ADHD symptoms plus other signs to look for.
  • A deep dive into how medications may help children with their behavioural issues.

Why you should listen

If you’re seeing children in your home or classroom with capacity issues, it’s time to seek the help they deserve. In this episode, Meg and renowned Psychiatrist Dr Chris Wever discuss important lessons you can use today to help the young children in your life thrive into adulthood. You’ll also learn about medications from a psychiatrist’s perspective, what it means to provide a safe space for children to talk, and how to avoid secondary problems in children later in life. Get confident in looking for behavioural issues so you can truly make a difference in young people’s lives today.

Actionable Skills

  • Look for distress and/or disability in a child’s behaviour as a red flag to seek help.
  • Get help early to avoid layering secondary problems in children.
  • Set realistic expectations and be aware that every child is different. 
  • Give children a safe space to talk about their issues.

You can quote us on that…

“Look at all the possibilities, and be able to revise your thinking.”

Dr Chris Wever

“Often a child is not functioning well because of a capacity problem, not because they’re ‘naughty’.”

Dr Chris Wever

“If schools are struggling, we need to understand why the child is causing that problem.”

Dr Chris Wever


Dr Chris Wever – Website | LinkedIn | Books

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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