Conference Highlights

Why Join This Conference

10 REASONS TO JOIN US IN DECEMBER AT THE IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING IN SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

  1. Meet experts, policy makers, councilors, educators at our singular platform
  2. Discuss methodological approaches, practices, and experiences deriving from case studies from thought leaders
  3. Learn to design effective well-being programmes to help students and teachers
  4. Discover technologies available to prevent cyber-bullying
  5. Gain insights on building student resilience, confidence and mindfulness
  6. Find out ways to integrate student voice into well-being program design
  7. Explore techniques to identify early warning signs
  8. Understand your legal responsibilities when working with a student experiencing suicidal thoughts
  9. Formulate strategies to address Homophobia, Transphobia, and Associated Bullying
  10. Network with industry experts that will discuss the issues, factors, and remedies available

Hot Topics to be Discussed

  • Identifying Warning Signs of Hidden Student Depression and Mental Illness
  • Stop Cyber Bullying and Internet Trolling with Advances in Mobile Technology
  • Coaching Students with Suicidal Thinking and Knowing Your Legal Responsibilities
  • Designing Evidence-Based Well-being Programs to Improve Student Mental Health
  • Preventing Discrimination and Physical Bullying in Schools
  • Helping International Students to Deal with Culture Shock
  • Integrating Student Voice into Wellbeing Program Design
  • Managing Physical Bullying Incidents, Violence and Trauma
  • Building Student Resilience, Confidence and Mindfulness
  • Keeping Principals and Teachers from Burning Out
  • Teaching Students How to Respond to Social Media Harm
  • Re-integrating Students with Previous Mental Health Issues Successfully
  • Engaging the Un-Engaged with Experiential Education, Gamifications and More

Pre-Conference Workshops

3 December 2018

Workshop A: 9:00am – 12:30noon

Managing Students Who Self-Harm Themselves: What to Look For, What to Do and When to Act

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Self injury has become an alarming issue for young people worldwide. One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition and 20% of these young people have self-injured themselves at some point in time. This trend increases for students who have mental health, anxiety or depression illness. This conference workshop will show you what are the signs and motivations of self-injury, when and how schools should act to develop a safety net and how teachers and principals should act when managing such students. Led by Garry King, who is a Fellow at Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Garry was also appointed an Adjunct Lecturer of youth welfare at the Central Queensland University and is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to the USA.

Workshop B: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Coping with Teachers’ Stress and Burnout in Principals: Effective Evidence Based Coping Strategies

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The emotional workload of teachers is too often ignored. Research shows nearly one in three Australian teachers are so unhappy in their profession they consider leaving within their first five years of employment. That means 16,000 teachers currently in Australia’s classrooms are finding the challenge of managing their professional lives too great. Most teachers rarely have time or encouragement to reflect on how the day’s events in a busy classroom have affected their emotions, so prevalent is the expectation that they should minimize or avoid their own feelings at all costs, leading to a high chance of burnout. Led by Adam Przytula, Director of Armed For Life, this program will show teachers and principals effective strategies to deal with acute burnouts and stress and how to avoid damaged mental health and well-being.