One of Australia's leading adolescent and child psychologists Dr Michael Carr-Gregg presenting free seminar at Muswellbrook RSL Club

DO you want to discover the key to raising happy and resilient children?

If you answered "yes", don't miss an opportunity to hear from one of Australia's leading adolescent and child psychologists next week.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will present a free seminar on the topic of 'Raising happy and resilient children' in Muswellbrook on Tuesday, February 25.

He'll appear at the Muswellbrook RSL Club from 6pm, however tickets are limited.

Go to http://www.mncso.news/MCGMus to ensure a seat.

At a time when children and teenagers are navigating an increasingly complex world, Dr Carr-Gregg's presentation is designed to arm parents and carers with additional knowledge and the skills to support their children.

Hosted by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle's Federation of Parents & Friends Association in conjunction with CatholicCare Social Services Hunter- Manning, the event is open to all parents and carers to attend, not just parents of children attending catholic schools, free of charge.

Cath Garrett-Jones is the family engagement officer at the Catholic Schools Office.

She said one of the aims of the Federation of Parents & Friends' Association was to enhance outcomes for children and young people by promoting parent education.

"Parents are the first educator of their child," she explained.

"They're in control and responsible for guiding their children, but it's not a role they should have to navigate on their own.

"We're here to help.

"We invited Dr Carr-Gregg to present as he breaks down our parenting worries in plain language, he provides information, practical ideas and strategies.

"He has a no-judgement approach and an engaging sense of humour."

Parent Elizabeth Stokes with the Director of CatholicCare Gary Christensen and principal of St Josephs Primary School Denman Helen Whale

Parent Elizabeth Stokes with the Director of CatholicCare Gary Christensen and principal of St Josephs Primary School Denman Helen Whale

Gary Christensen is the director of CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, a not-for-profit organisation that provides counselling services from across its network of offices including Muswellbrook and Singleton.

He said CatholicCare's priority was to strengthen families and communities.

"Parenting has its difficulties, particularly in our increasingly complex world," he stated.

"Children and young people experience a range of challenges as they develop, there are some parents and carers might be more familiar with - like worrying about school, peer pressure and social skills.

"However, others are unique to this generation including social media, cyberbullying, and climate change anxiety.

"This seminar is a great opportunity for parents and carers to build their understanding and skills to more confidently support children to navigate a variety of problems, develop their resilience and emotional competence.

"Families living in rural communities must often travel hours for an opportunity such as this.

"So, to have one of Australia's leading adolescent and child psychologists present in Muswellbrook is a huge coup."

The seminar will include a presentation by Dr Carr-Gregg, followed by an opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions.

Psychologists from CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning will also be in attendance to provide attendees with the option to ask questions after the event, privately.