Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

9 – 24 October 2020
Held on Days 11, 14, and 15 – Cruising the Panama Canal Departing Los Angeles, California

Phone: 07 4153 4215
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 02 6674 2577
Email: [email protected]

Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

18 CPD Hours


Welcome – we hope you enjoy exploring the Conference information below. If you would like to secure your place or have any further questions please complete the enquiry form or call Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577.

Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

Mental illness is common in our society with one in five adults experiencing a mental illness in any one year. Half the people who experience mental illness will not seek treatment and delayed treatment will adversely affect the success of any clinical intervention. 

The onset of the most common mental health conditions that we see in general health care settings begins in adolescence. This conference is relevant to those Nurses who work in the acute care setting, community health setting, medical practices, youth services, schools, or other settings where there may be an adolescent client. 

The information is as valid for the clinician as it is for parents, grandparents, and other family members.

In this program, you will learn how to assist an adolescent who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until expert professional help is received or the crisis resolves.  

You will learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in crisis situations.

Mental health problems covered:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
    Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain skills to offer initial support to adolescents developing a mental health problem
  • Gain skills to assist individuals with a worsening mental health problem
  • Gain skills to assist an individual in a mental health crisis
  • Explore the use of these skills in your current clinical practice


Fourteen hours of this Conference consist of the delivery of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course auspiced by Mental Health First Aid Australia and endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing.

To receive Mental Health First Aid Australian Accreditation, including the additional certificate awarded by them you will need to attend all 14 hours of face to face lectures provided in this conference.

Not your typical Nursing CPD Conference

Our Presenter:

Sue Walker

R.N., BACH NURSING (Admin), M.P.H.C. (Palliative Care), MACN

Specialist Nurse Educator

Sue Walker is a Director and co-founder of the Nurses for Nurses Network and the Nursing CPD Institute. As a Registered Nurse Sue holds Degrees in Nursing and Health Administration, a Master’s Degree in Primary Health Care majoring in Palliative Care, as well as a number of certificate courses in Psychiatry of Ageing, Gerontology, Chemotherapy Administration, Training and Assessment, and is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Conference Program:

The program content is provided by expert Educators with extensive clinical and education experience. The education content provided in this program meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program.

No matter what conference you attend you always need accommodation a cruise ship provides a great all-inclusive accommodation option to enhance your Conference experience.

The Nurses for Nurses Network combines great education with fabulous travel adventures. We have taken a holistic approach to  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure you get the most out of your education-travel experience.

In the spirit of adult learning, the Conference is delivered in two formats. The live presentations delivered in the Conference Room and there is the online library which is open one month prior to the actual Conference dates. The library is an essential component of the entire Conference program.

The library consists of Conference material supplied by the Presenter/s which can include any of the following:

  • Research documents
  • Links to external information
  • Recorded Conference presentations
  • Electronic Notepads

The research documents and recorded Conference presentation form part of the Continuing Professional Development activities but are delivered to you prior to the commencement date so that you can start your Conference Program early. If you choose not to undertake these activities prior, there is a two week window post the Conference where the library remains open to you. You can also undertake the library activities during the actual Conference.

There are four (4) Conference Programs being offered on the ship. You can attend all four or just one – the choice is yours.

The Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference is being held on Days 11, 14, and 15 of the Program.

day one:

9 October 2020 | Los Angles, California

Make sure you are up on deck to be a part of the “setting sail” festivities as we say farewell to destination.

Evening: Enjoy this opportunity to mingle with the other attendees at the complimentary drinks and Conference Registration function.

day two:

10 October 2020 | At Sea | CPD: 6 HRS EACH SESSION

day THREE:

11 October 2020 | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

At the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is world-famous for its party scene—and for good reason. From Hollywood celebrity sightings to incredible restaurants and legendary clubs. And, there’s so much natural beauty to explore on a cruise to Cabo. Soak up the sun on the sandy white beaches or explore the arch of Cabo San Lucas (“El Arco”) the beautiful rock formation at Land’s End.

day FOUR:

12 OCTOBER 2020 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Travel through the locks of historic Panama Canal, on a journey between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Venture through the virgin rain forests and bird sanctuaries of Puerto Limon. Then bask on the Mexican and Costa Rican beaches with a margarita.

day FIVE:

13 October 2020 | At Sea  | CPD: 6 HRS EACH SESSION

day SIX:


Acapulco is the most famous Destination of Mexico with International level, thanks to the natural beauty environment, golden sand, tropical weather, warm sea water and its people. Sea lovers find this destination so attractive obviously, but it is more than that, it has more attractions to satisfy all preferences for all ages, however.

day seven:

15 october 2020 | At Sea | CPD: 6 HRS each session

day eight:

16 october 2020 | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

Guatemala’s largest Pacific Ocean port, Puerto Quetzal offers a wealth of activities. Discover Lake Atitlan, the deepest lake in Central America, which is surrounded by three volcanoes. The area is rich in Mayan history, as well as a fertile ground for coffee growing.

    day NINE:

    17 october 2020 | Free Day

    Enjoy this day to do as you please. Take advantage of all the fabulous things this amazing cruise ship has to offer.

    Join with other Conference delegates this evening for an informal discussion on the conference program thus far. This is an optional activity and the venue will be announced once on Board.

    day ten:

    18 october 2020 | Puntarenas, Costa Rica

    The world knows Costa Rica for its ecological biodiversity and national parks, and Puntarenas welcomes you to many of these treasures—Pacific beaches, renowned surfing, rainforests, and wildlife. Ride horseback through secluded tropical forests or along the wide open beach. Plunge below the surface to discover reefs teeming with marine life. Spot monkeys, crocodiles, scarlet macaws, and other birds by cruising through the mangroves or up the Tárcoles River.

    day ELEVEN:

    19 october 2020 | At Sea | CPD: 6 hrs each session

    In the Conference Room today:

    Morning: Life-Threatening Presentations – Recognition and Treatment Conference

    Afternoon: Day One of the Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

    Today we begin to explore adolescent development and the signs and symptoms of the more common mental health conditions found in this age group.

    day twelve:

    20 october 2020 | Cruising The Panama Canal

    The canal is a marvel of engineering, but the area is also a sanctuary for sloths, eagles, ocelots and toucans, thanks to a lush rainforest environment and tropical temperatures.

    Make sure you are on deck to experience this amazing feat of engineering in full flight.

    day thirteen:

    21 october 2020 | Cartagena, Colombia

    Cobbled streets, balconies with blooming bougainvillea, and pastel plazas make Cartagena one of Latin America’s most photogenic cities. But it’s not just another pretty seaport. Founded in 1533, this Spanish-Colonial city is steeped in history. Its location made it a popular port for plunderers and pirates. Today thrill-seekers will find a perfect mix of old and new with a twist of island attitude.

    day fourteen:

    22 october 2020 | At Sea | CPD: 6 HRS EACH SESSION

    In the Conference Room today:

    Morning: Life-Threatening Presentations – Recognition and Treatment Conference

    Afternoon: Day Two of the Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

    Today we continue to explore adolescent development and look at the treatment options available for the more common mental health conditions found in this age group.

    day FIFTEEN:

    23 october 2020 | At Sea | CPD: 6 hrs each session

    In the Conference Room today:

    Morning: Life-Threatening Presentations – Recognition and Treatment Conference

    Afternoon: Day Three of the Adolescent Mental Health for the General Nurse Conference

    Today we review how to assist in a mental health crisis. We will discuss the issue of youth suicide as well as non-suicidal self-injury and many more.

    Evening: Farewell Reception 
    Take this opportunity to enjoy a complimentary Drinks and Canapes function as the conference draws to a close and we say farewell to new friends and colleagues – safe travels home.

    day SIXTEEN:

    24 october 2020 | miami, florida

    Disembark – safe travels!


    The Governance oversight for the content of this Conference program and the issuing of the associated CPD Certificate is provided by the Education Governance Committee of the Nursing CPD Institute (NCI). The NCI is committed to providing high quality, clinically relevant education for Nurses. They believe that the knowledge and skills of an individual Nurse has a huge impact on the success of a patient’s experience in the healthcare system and provide a range of education content to do just that. The education sessions are provided by and in consultation with subject experts with proven experience in their field of speciality.

    Click here to find out more about the NCI Education Governance Committee>>

    Conference  Conveners

    Sue Walker

    Jason Dawson

    The Venue:

    Norwegian Joy

    Find your happy place on board Norwegian Joy when she cruises Panama Canal. Built in 2017, the Joy underwent a refurbishment in early 2019. The revamped covered the entire ship, including everything from the pool deck to carpet to restaurants, and even changes to the ship’s popular Joy Speedway (the go-cart track at the back of the ship).

    Let's talk about your Accommodation

    Regardless of which room category you choose, all cabins on recentley updated Joy feel like a home away from home. Relax in lively style and smart sophistication. Our modern inside staterooms are highlighted with appointments like a TV, sitting area and more.

    All you have to do is unpack and relax. Your room steward will clean and tidy your room every day all you need to do is get dressed, grab your bag and start your adventure.

    Dining Options

    Every cruise fare includes beautifully crafted menus in our three main dining rooms, a help-yourself buffet and a variety of casual cafés, grills and on-the-go choices. From fresh-baked breads, desserts and pastries to our chefs' original dishes made with the freshest ingredients, your dining can be as fine or fun as you want.

    Relax and Unwind

    Sometimes you just need to get away… from all that vacation. We know — sitting at home, it’s hard to imagine that, but trust us — it’s really, really nice to have a place to unwind from the day’s excitement.

    When you want some "me" time, look no further than Mandara Spa®. Relax with a hot-stone massage, one of over 50 specialty treatments offered. At the onboard spas, treatments range from the classic to the luxurious. Let the pampering professionals soothe and rejuvenate you with facials, massages, acupuncture and a full menu of services.

    Enjoy Fabulous on board Entertainment

    Here's your chance to dip a toe into on board entertainment, activities, bars and more… so that when you cruise, you're ready to dive headfirst into the fun.

    There's stage shows, comedy bars, live music, and karaoke just to name a few of the entertainment choices you have to enjoy on board.

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    Look what others have said…

    “My overall response to this course is of very high opinions. I didn’t even know that Mental Health First Aid existed and am very impressed and excited to integrate it and be able to possibly help people I may come across who may be struggling with an illness that others may not recognise effectively.”

    Mental Health Attendee

    Mental Health First Aid | Bundaberg 2018

    The instructor tailored the delivery to the participants level and skill as RN’s this course could have been very boring and repetitive but the instructor was informative and made sure she was audience appropriate.

    Mental Health Attendee

    Mental Health First Aid | Rockhampton 2019

    Sue Walker gave me a clear understanding of the strategies to implement with people in a crisis and a potential crisis over these two days. The information given was interesting and kept me wanting more. I was grateful for the way it was presented, because it is such a delicate subject.

    Mental Health Attendee

    Mental Health First Aid | The Gold Coast 2019

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    We have created an exclusive online Conference library website for our attendees to access prior to the commencement of the Conference. The online library is provided to you so that you can create your own Conference experience and access information and sessions of interest prior to the commencement of the Conference program.

    Library Content Includes:

    • Recorded webinar
    • Self-directed learning activities and
    • Other supporting documents for the face to face presentations

    This page will be available to you as an attendee from 4 weeks before we set sail and for 2 weeks post the Conference, should you want to refresh your knowledge.


    Can I bring the family?

    Because a cruise is such a fabulous holiday experience, your family and friends can join you on your CPD Travel adventure. Whilst you are attending lectures there are heaps of activities to keep them busy including an exceptional kid's club program.  Simply talk to the Team at Education at Sea, they can organise all your and your travelling companion's travel arrangements. Contact the Team at Education at Sea.

    What if I need kid-free time?

    If you only want to mix with adults most ships have an adults only area with entry only available to people over the age of 18. Guests will jump for joy upon discovering this private retreat where they can connect with the ocean - and disconnect from everything else.

    Can you give me some tips on Cruising?

    We sure can......whether you are a seasoned cruiser or this is your first time onboard a cruise ship out Ultimate Guide to Cruising is sure to have some useful tips and advice to ensure you have a fantastic time on this Travel CPD adventure.

    Can you organise for me to share a room with someone?

    We can't promise - but we can pop your name on a waiting list and if another person asks the same question we can put you in contact with each other and you can decide if you are both compatible to share a cabin.

    Contact the fabulous people at Education at Sea on 02 6674 2577 for more information.

    Registration Cost

    $675.00 for one Conference or attend two or more and save

     Choose either: 


    Attend two conferences and receive a 25% discount and pay only $1014.00 (a saving of $336.00)  

    Attend three conferences and receive a 30% discount and pay only $1418.00 (a saving of $607.00)  

    Attend all 4 conferences and receive a 35% discount and pay only $1755.00 (a saving of $945.00) 


    Conference registration and deposits are being handled by our Conference Partner - Education at Sea.


    This is a fabulous program - to secure your place at this Conference you need to contact Education at Sea to find out about all the cabin options available. Once you have paid your deposit, your registration is confirmed and you can start planning your Conference getaway.


    Please note: Conference registration does not include accommodation or travel costs.


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    Costs & Inclusions

    • An extensive Conference program based on current best practice
    • Education content that meets the same exacting standards as anything offered in an Australian land-based program
    • A Conference Presenter/s that is a recognised expert in their field and are excited to be able to share their skill, knowledge, and passion with Conference Attendees
    • An online Conference library filled to the brim with educational content that allows you to create your own learning experience by completing pre-conference education activities
    • A Registration Reception including complimentary drinks where you can meet other Conference Attendees and network with Conference Convenors and Conference Presenter/s
    • Editable electronic note pages that can be downloaded to your device of choice
    • A Conference pack that includes a notepad, pen, lanyard (this is important on a cruise ship to attach your room key which becomes your lifeline on a ship) and additional information to support a fantastic Conference experience
    • The opportunity to meet as a group in various Conference open forums, in one of the many fabulous locations on the ship
    • A complimentary Farewell Drinks and Canapes Function held on the last night of the Conference to celebrate new friendships and information gained
    • A Conference Transcript that identifies each session held at the Conference including the session synopsis and session presenter/s
    • A Certificate of Completion identifying the CPD hours attached to the Conference Program for you to include in your CPD Evidence Portfolio
    • A dedicated Conference cruise desk open daily to address any questions and provide information as required
    Disclaimer:  The opinions and statements of facts expressed in the Papers in these proceedings are those of the Authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Nurses for Nurses Network (NfNN), the editors, the organising committee or the supporters of this conference. No responsibility can be accepted by the organisers for errors or omissions in the individual papers. Sessions are correct at time of publication. Sessions are subject to change without notice due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. NfNN reserves the right to alter charges, cancel, postpone, change or withdraw the product or service at any time.