Pre-Forum Workshops | Monday, 10 May 2021

Time Agenda
10:30AM – 11:15AM strength-people-hands-success-meeting
Workshop A: From Stuck To Empowered: Maintaining Momentum Through Trying Times 
In today’s demanding and often stressful working environments, a strong mindset is imperative to overcoming obstacles and surpasses life’s challenges. Occasionally, this means handling a missed deadline, reshuffling a team, or letting an entire department go. How do leaders and employees maintain a strong mindset during trying times and avoid getting stuck? In addition, can anyone deploy a strong psychological shift that creates both individual and team empowerment? The answer is yes! Cody Byrns shares his life suddenly changed while he stopped at a red light on the highway. It forever changed him, throwing his dreams to the curb, and creating the ultimate stuck mindset. Through his research in psychology and personal triumph, he was able to transcend a forever life-changing experience into tangible steps that can work for just about anyone. His story is designed to empower your team to create the necessary shifts to go from stuck to empowered.
Cody Byrns

Founder of The CB Foundation for Burn Survivors
Inspirational Speaker & Author
11.15AM – 11.45AM L20007 Workshop A
Workshop B: From Animals To Music: Using New Techniques To Improve Student Resilience, Wellbeing And Mental Health
Recognizing that students need more from traditional education, former teacher Grant Shannon brought dogs into the classroom to help them feel more connected and engaged in the school environment. Many schools are now witnessing first-hand the impact this approach is having on academic outcomes. Join Grant as he shares his knowledge and scientific evidence on the role of dogs and other learning support tools in building emotional intelligence and resilience in students.
Grant Shannon

Dogs Connect
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11.50AM – 12.35PM teacher-1280966_1920
Workshop C: Essential Elements To Effectively Respond To A Student In Psychological Crisis
Carmen Betterridge

Director | Principal Psychologist
Suicide Risk Assessment Australia
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Main Forum Day 1 | Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Time Agenda
Addressing The Alarming Rising Trends Of Mental Health And Suicide Issues In Schools
10:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
10:10 Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
Dr Tony Mordini
Melbourne High School
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10:15 Lived Expertise And The Difference It Makes With One On One Counseling For Youth Who Are Experiencing Suicidal Ideation Or Living With Mental Health Issues Diagnosed Or Not

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CEO & Founder
The Inner Ninja Foundation
Expert Advisory Group Member, Department Of The Prime Minister And Cabinet
Expert Advisor, National Suicide Prevention Plan
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10:50 A Mentally Health Culture: Building A ‘Triage’ Process At St Michael’s Grammar School To Respond Rapidly To Personal And Community Challenges
Gerard Houlihan
Deputy Head of the School
St Michael’s Grammar School
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11:25 Let’s Make Me Resilient
The behavioral based program focuses on developing three interrelated skill areas.

  • Let’s Make Me Resilient: Participants apply cognitive concepts and skills from sport, health, and performance psychology – to facing challenges from a positive perspective.
  • Real Stress Management Skills: addresses the types of stressors youth most commonly face. Participants learn how stress works, how it affects thoughts, emotions, and behaviours (including self-destructive behaviors). Most importantly, provides participants actual, personal and inter-personal stress management skills that they can use immediately.
  • Making Difficult Conversations Easier: For a lot of us, the conversations we really need to have, are the hardest for us to start and finish. Five skills to help figure out what you need to say, to who, and how to say it.
Edmond Otis
Senior Lecturer, Health and Sport Science, MHSc
Eastern Institute of Technology Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
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12:00 Lunch Break
13:00 The Pavilion Wellbeing Model: A Whole School Approach
  • What a trauma informed approach looks like in practice
  • Our core focus: promoting psychological strengths and skills, developing regulatory processes and building relational strength
  • Our school expectations and how they underpin and inform our work
Katherine Doyle
Director of Wellbeing
The Pavilion School
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13:35 Navigating The World Of Online Mental Health Options: How To Choose The Most Appropriate Services Or Resources For Students And Teachers
Heidi Sturk
Queensland University of Technology Centre for Children’s Health Research
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The Hidden Signs And Symptoms Of Student Mental Health Issues
14:10 Identifying Warning Signs Of Hidden Student Depression, Mental Illness, Anxiety And Suicidal Thinking: Effectively Training Your Admin And Teachers To Spot Early Indications Of Mental Health Struggle
  • Implementing staff training and resources to educate so your school is equipped to address and manage student mental health
  • Engaging your staff in a continuous dialogue about the mental wellbeing of your school community
  • Promoting open communication between students and staff to help with early detection of mental health issues
Gregory Tim Ward
Student Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Koo Wee Rup Secondary College
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14:45 LGBTQ+ Families And Schools: Diversity, Recognition And Belonging
In current times schools serve diverse communities of children, young people and their families. These communities are made up of families of a rich diversity of structures which weave together to form the schooling community.  Despite this diversity, ideas about family as a mother, father and their children often still circulate within schools, and these ideas can be reflected in their day to day processes.  Schooling structures, policies and practices which do not recognise diversity of what real families look like can create barriers to recognition and belonging for many, including LGBTQ+ parents and their children as they navigate schooling spaces.

Research has demonstrated that LGBTQ+ supportive structures, policies, and practices within educational contexts like schools can have positive impacts on feelings of belonging and wellbeing for LGBTQ+ parents, families and students. In this session I will draw on the stories of gender and sexuality diverse parents to consider some of the barriers to recognition faced by diverse families. I will then explore some simple strategies that schools and education contexts could utilise to support the creation of spaces of recognition and to open opportunities for positive relationships with families and communities.

Dr Michelle Jeffries

Tutor | Research Assistant
Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice
Queensland University of Technology
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15:15 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
Dr Tony Mordini
Melbourne High School
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Main Forum Day 2 | Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Time Agenda
10:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech By Forum Producer
10:10 Welcome Address By Forum Chairperson
Dr Tony Mordini
Melbourne High School
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10:15 Inclusive Education And Facilitating Positive Mental Health For Students
Dr Christine Grove
Educational and Developmental Psychologist and Senior Lecturer
Monash University Educational Psychology and Inclusion, Faculty of Education
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Tackling Further Discrimination And Rising Trends

Tackling LGBTIQA +, Religious And Transgender Discrimination In Schools And Colleges

Schools choose from a range of evidence-based and age-appropriate information, resources and professional learning to help them prevent, and respond to, bullying and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

Sally Morris
Service Delivery Manager
Open Doors Youth Service
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Improving Teachers And Principals Well-Being
11:25 The Importance Of Youth Mental Health First Aid Training For Teachers And School Staff
Kim Huckerby

Founder and Director
The Wellbeing Affect
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12:00 Lunch Break
 Improving Mental Health With Technology
13:00 Improving Mental Health And Low Self Esteems For Students Suffering From Learning Disabilities, Poor Learning Absorption, ADHD And Autistic-Related Learning Difficulties
Claire Thompson

Director – Middle Years
Whitefriars College
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13:35 Using AR/VR Technology To Boost Students’ Mental Health
Nick Busietta

Managing Director
Liminal VR
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14:10 Case Study At The Scots College: Tracking And Managing A Student’s Mental Health
Adelaide Brown
Preparatory Classroom Teacher
The Scots College Sydney
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Understanding Your Legal Responsibilities
14:45 Knowing Your Legal Responsibilities And Implications When Working With A Student Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts
Kristen Beagley

Legislative Policy Coordinator
Peninsula Grammar
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15:20 Closing Remarks By Forum Chairperson
Dr Tony Mordini
Melbourne High School
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