Talks and Conferences

To book a talk, email fiona.forman@gmail.com


School Talks

  • Primary: Helping our Children to Flourish – An Introduction to Positive Psychology and the Weaving Well-Being Programme
  • Secondary: Helping our Adolescents to Flourish – An Introduction to the Wired for Well-Being Programme
  • You Matter Here: A Whole School Approach to Nurturing Children’s Well-Being
  • Teacher Well-Being: Approaches from Positive Psychology

Parent Talks

  • Raising Resilient Children: Approaches from Positive Psychology

Student Talks

  • Reboot Your Resilience

School Talks

Helping our Children to Flourish – An Introduction to Positive Psychology and the Weaving Well-Being Programme

Research shows that nurturing children’s well-being is the foundation for all other successful outcomes.

Although our children are facing increasing challenges in recent times, we can equip them with the skills to cope and to flourish despite the challenges and
difficulties they will face.

The Weaving Well-Being Programme is designed to provide children with evidence-based skills and strategies from the field of Positive Psychology,
which is the science of well-being.

It is a multi-year program created for children from the
ages of 7 to 12 years and comprises of 10 lessons for each year level. This workshop explores the background to the programme, ideas on implementing it and many of the practical strategies it provides.

Helping our Adolescents to Flourish – An Introduction to the Wired for Well-Being Programme

Adolescence is a time of huge growth and challenge, and habits developed at this stage of life are often carried on into adulthood. The school system has incredible potential to positively shape this development.

However, increasing numbers of our adolescents are presenting with mood disturbances, anxiety and depression. Whilst the causes of these challenges are complex, there is still a lot that teachers can do to empower young people by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to nurture their well-being.

The Wired for Well-Being programme is designed to provide young people with these skills, drawn from the fields of Positive Psychology and neuroscience.

You Matter Here: A Whole School Approach to Nurturing Children’s Well-Being

A positive and supportive school culture is a vital element in nurturing children’s well-being. Within such a culture, children feel safe seen, secure, heard and valued. Such a culture conveys these 3 powerful messages to children – You matter here. You belong here. You can
succeed here.

How is such a culture created? It’s done through all of the numerous informal and formal interactions between teachers and children on a day-to-day basis. This workshop will provide practical ideas for developing a nurturing whole school culture, whilst also reminding teachers of the incredible work they already do on a day-to-day basis which is not always valued or recognised within the education system.

Teacher Well-Being: Approaches from Positive Psychology

Teaching in the 21st century is rated as one of the most stressful careers across many different countries. Increasing workload, new initiatives, challenging behaviour and lack of resources are just some of the issues teachers face on a daily basis.

If we don’t replenish and restore ourselves, we can quickly become depleted and emotionally exhausted. This has implications not only for ourselves, but also for our students, as teacher well-being is linked
to student well-being and also to student outcomes.

Fortunately, the field of Positive Psychology (the science of well-being) can provide teachers with a rich array of skills and strategies to keep ourselves replenished and to help us to develop the resilience we need, not only to survive, but to thrive in the classroom.

Parent Talks

Raising Resilient Children: Approaches from Positive Psychology

Resilience is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. We need to equip them with the skills they need to flourish and thrive in spite of the many challenges and obstacles that life will throw at them.

Research shows that a number of protective factors, including the
presence of ‘one good adult’ can help to build resilience in children. Harnessing the power of positive emotions and learning to deal with negative emotions are also key factors. Teaching children skills such as healthy distraction and helpful self-talk is also a powerful way to
develop resilience.

Student Talks

Reboot Your Resilience

Students are introduced to the concept of resilience and learn about the factors that help to build it. They reflect on their own experiences of facing challenges and share ideas that helped them.

They are then introduced to a number of evidence-based resilience skills such as compassionate self-talk and techniques for dealing with difficult emotions.

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