Dr Venning is a registered Clinical Psychologist, lecturer in the Discipline of Psychiatry at Flinders University, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, an Officer and Psychologist with the Australian Defence Force, Director of Venning Consulting, and internationally published author in the area of adolescent mental health.
2009 PhD (Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Psychology) at the University of Adelaide. Conferred 31.12.09. Thesis: Building mental health in young Australians: a positive psychological approach.
2009 Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Adelaide
2005 Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours, first class) at the University of Adelaide.
2004 Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide.
2010 Dean of Graduate Studies letter of commendation for PhD thesis
2006 Australian Postgraduate Award
2004 Cancer Council Summer Scholarship
Research Coordinator Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programs
Lecturer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programs
My research and teaching involves four integrated lines of interest (a) accurately measuring and describing the wellbeing of young people, (b) how character strengths can be developed in populations deemed to be ‘at-risk’ of future psychological distress to build a sustainable state of wellbeing, (c) the benefits of a strength-based compared to a deficit approach to treating mental illness, and (d) the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
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