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Jocelyn Brewer Travels from Sydney, NSW

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Jocelyn Brewer

Topics

  • Digital Technology
  • Education
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Work Life Balance


Jocelyn is a Sydney-based registered psychologist with a special interest in the psychology of technology and staying human in a digital age. Jocelyn has 16 years’ experience in public education both as a teacher of high school social sciences and as a School Counsellor/psychologist. Her 2009 psychology thesis explored the impacts of increasing access to Internet enabled laptops on a cohort of grade 10 boys and the emerging area of Problematic Internet Use (PIU), colloquially known as ‘Internet Addiction’.

Jocelyn created Digital Nutrition™ – a framework to guide parents and technology users understand the virtual nutritional values of the online media content we consume via apps and games on tablets and screen technology. Digital Nutrition™ was awarded the NSW Premier’s Teacher Scholarship for Health Education in 2014, and Jocelyn travelled to the USA in 2015 to further explore the issues relating to healthy technology habits and digital citizenship.

Jocelyn is a part of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at Sydney University, where she completing her Masters of Applied Science (Cyberpsychology) exploring the role of self-control and parenting factors in the prevention of Problematic Smartphone Use. This exploratory research surveyed over 500 Year 7 students in metropolitan Sydney and will be completed in 2020.

Jocelyn has a busy private psychology practice in Sydney’s inner-west where she sees high schoolers to baby-boomers and works with both individuals and families. She is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Gottman Couples Therapy (level 1). She uses a range of creative and practical techniques to inspire positive change.

Jocelyn has a warm, humorous and engaging presentation style, and the ability to put scientific research into practical perspectives. She regularly called upon to comment in the media on a range of issues and present to various groups about the impacts of technology and improving digital wellbeing. In 2019, provided a keynote to 2500 educators at EduTechAU and spoken at the renowned Happiness and It’s Causes conference. She has appeared ABC TV’s QandA panel twice (in June 2019 and October 2020).

Keynote Titles

  • SOCIAL MEDIA + MENTAL HEALTH: What does the research show?
  • TECH TAMING TACTICS: Practical (and positive) strategies for parents of screenagers
  • DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS: How tech is designed to hijack your attention (and what to do about it)
  • TEACHING IN THE AGE OF THE 4 DIGITAL D’s: distraction, dependence, displacement and dementia
  • SMARTPHONES IN SCHOOLS: Savvy solutions for student wellbeing
  • AUTHENTIC SELF CARE FOR TEACHERS & EDUCATIONAL LEADERS: strategies to avoid burnout

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