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Mental Health in Education 2017

Mental Health in Education 2017 will give you the knowledge and tools to drive improved student mental health outcomes. You will take away case studies from
Australia’s leading educational institutions to implement proactive approaches to drive student wellbeing, ensure a safe learning environment and optimise education outcomes. Hear from principals, heads of school and student wellbeing experts for practical solutions to this growing phenomenon.

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  04 - 07 September 2017
The Grace Hotel
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This forum will bring together education leaders, heads of schools, universities and government to ensure Australian education drives positive mentally health and education outcomes.
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Workshops

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Venue

The Grace Hotel
77 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Benefits

  • Drive improved student mental health outcomes
  • Understand major approaches to mental health promotion
  • Implement best practice strategies from schools, universities and TAFEs
  • Break the cycle of cyber bullying and negative mental health
  • Improve your institution’s education outcomes
  • Integrate mental health strategies with the community and parents

Who should attend this conference

95%Principals & Vice Chancellors

92%Deputy Principals

90%Head Teachers

90%Heads of Student Wellbeing

88%Student Counsellors & Psychologists

Get Ready To Be Inspired!

 
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Key Speakers

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Viviana Wuthrich

Associate Professor and creator of Study Without Stress Program


Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University


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Professor Jennifer Hudson

ARC Future Fellow & Director Centre for Emotional Health


Macquarie University


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Greg Gebhart

Senior Trainer


Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner


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Br Steve Hogan

Principal


Oakhill College


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Dr. Sarah Loch

Dean of Students


Pymble Ladies' College


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Amanda Walsh

Assistant Principal and Wellbeing


Glenunga International High School


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Stephanie Bond

Psychologist


Glenunga International High School


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Michael Turton

Director of Student Wellbeing K-12


Georges River Grammar School


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Bob Meakin

Deputy Head – Students


Newington College


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Duncan Kendall

Assistant Director of the Senior Preparatory School


The Scots College Sydney


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Craig Comrie

National Director


Safe Schools Coalition Australia at the FYA


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Phillip Spratt

President


Australian Council of State School Organisation


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Adrian Johnson

Head of Senior School


Somerset College


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Dr. Timothy Wright

Headmaster


Shore


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Norma Faroukhi

Senior TAFE Counsellor


Sutherland TAFE


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Rene Poulos

Senior TAFE Counsellor


Randwick and Eora TAFE


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Morgana Walker

School Psychologist/Special Education Teacher


Scotch College


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Neil Worsley

College Principal


Northern Beaches Secondary College


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Professor Brian Kelly

School of Medicine and Public Health


University of Newcastle


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Mark Smith

Principal


Lomandra School


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Pat Lowe

Deputy Principal Students


Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview


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Shane Kamsner

Head of Student Development


Carey Baptist Grammar School


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Liam Casson

Director Centre for Boy's Health and Wellbeing


Christ Church Grammar School


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Gitta Johnston

Founder and Principle Trainer


Life Lessons Educational Programs


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Kylie Warry

Convener


The Resilience Centre


  • Conference Agenda

    DAY ONE: 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2017

    8:15 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:30 Student mental health trends and targeted program

    • Trends in mental health in education
    • A discussion of school intervention programs:
      • Preventing anxiety and depression in schools
      • Reducing stigma and increasing mental health literacy in young people

    Professor Jennifer Hudson, Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Director Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University

    9:20 eSafety update: Protecting students from cyber bullying

    • Gain a strong understanding of cyberbullying
    • Understanding trends in cyberbullying
    • Federal government programs and the cyberbullying complaints scheme
    • Methods to ensure eSafety in your educational institution

    Greg Gebhart, Senior Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner    

    10:10 Morning Tea

    BEST PRACTICE PROGRAM DESIGN

    10:25 Pastoral care as a tool of mental health promotion and management

    • A case study in responding to mental health issues
    • Strategies by which pastoral care practitioners can respond to students’ mental health issues:
      • Positive psychology
      • Religious education
    • Lessons for other educational institutions

    Br Steve Hogan, Principal, Oakhill College

    11:15 Including student and teacher voices in wellbeing programs

    • Integrating the student voice into wellbeing program design
    • Supporting staff to deliver wellbeing programs
    • Methods for working with families in improving wellbeing
    • Providing students with a variety of wellbeing tools and approaches

    Dr. Sarah Loch, Dean of Students, Pymble Ladies’ College

    12:05 Lunch 

    1:05 Designing contextual wellbeing programs for mental health promotion

    • The wellbeing journey of Glenunga International High School
    • The design of a specific internal wellbeing program at Glenunga
    • Working with staff, students and families
    • Methods for measuring program effectiveness

    Amanda Walsh, Assistant Principal Wellbeing, Glenunga International High School

    Stephanie Bond, School Psychologist, Glenunga International High School

    1:55 Lessons from Georges River Grammar School in managing mental health issues

    • Learn strategies for identifying mental health issues
    • Learn programs implemented at Georges River Grammar School derived from the VIA character traits
    • Understand the applicability of these strategies to your organisation

    Michael Turton, Director of Student Wellbeing K-12, Georges River Grammar

    2:45 Afternoon Tea

    RESILIENT PROGRAMS & LGBTIQ STUDENTS

    3:05 Why resilience? The importance of resilience in promoting mental health

    • The importance of student resilience in mental health promotion
    • Strategies for increasing student resilience
    • Entrenching resilience in students for life

    Bob Meakin, Deputy Head of Students, Newington College

    3:55 Managing mental health issues and establishing programs: lessons from Scots College

    • Understand mental health issues faced by Scots college
    • Establishing risk and measurement guidelines
    • Making the most of limited resources
    • A discussion of the importance of rites of passage for young male students
    • What can we learn from boys Rites of Passage to assist young female students? Is it needed?

    Duncan Kendall, Assistant Head of the Senior Preparatory School, The Scots College Sydney

    4:45 PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the specificities of LGBTIQ mental health promotion

    • How to ensure positive mental health outcomes for LGBTIQ students
    • The future of mental health promotion for LGBTIQ students
    • A consideration of other groups efforts at promoting mental health of LGBTIQ students

    Craig Comrie, National Director, Safe Schools Coalition Australia

    Phillip Spratt, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations

    5:35 Synthesizing external organisational mental health frameworks with existing school structures

    • Ensuring a systemic approach to mental health in your institution
    • Developing and refining an internal mental health program based on student and staff feedback
    • Embedding Positive Education within pre-existing mental health practices and processes

    Adrian Johnson, Head of Senior School, Somerset College

    6:25 End of Day One

    DAY TWO: 5TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    8:15 Registration, morning coffee and tea

    8:30 Working with mental health every day

    • How Lomandra School caters for students with challenging behaviours and emotional disturbances:
    • What it takes to bring out the best in staff
    • Promoting student mental health and bringing out the best in students

    Mark Smith, Principal, Lomandra School

    PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH – SCHOOLS & TAFE’S

    9:20 Mental health promotion at Shore

    • Mental health promotion strategies and programs at Shore
    • Promoting a whole-of-school mental health initiative
    • Enhancing staff, student and family understanding of mental health

    Dr. Timothy Wright, Headmaster, Shore

    10:10 Morning Tea

    10:20 Mental health interventions at TAFE NSW

    • The geographic variety of mental health issues amongst students
    • Providing access to mental health infrastructure to worst-off students
    • Strategies for providing in-house relevant vocational and personal counselling
    • A discussion of “Student Minds”, a student led early intervention program

    Norma Fakhouri, Senior TAFE Counsellor, Sutherland TAFE

    Rene Poulos, Senior TAFE Counsellor, Randwick and Eora TAFE

    11:10 Lessons and strategies from TAFE Victoria

    • How TAFE identifies mental health issues
    • Strategies TAFE uses with limited resources
    • Drawing lessons from TAFEs strategies and applying them to your institution

    Ros Harari, Senior Counsellor, Holmesglen

    12:00 Overcoming program barriers and promoting coping strategies

    • Techniques for identifying gaps in mental health programs
    • Reducing stigma and normalizing mental health
    • Methods for enhancing students’ coping strategies

    Morgana Walker, School Psychologist and Special Education Teacher, Scotch College

    12:50 Lunch

    1:50 How educational institutions can play a role in preventing student mental health issues

    • Promoting optimistic thinking amongst students
    • Learn rigorous quantification techniques to measure psychological impact
    • Strategies for training staff in resilience promotion

    Neil Worsley, College Principal, Northern Beaches Secondary College

    UNIVERSITIES & COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

    2:40 The university experience in building mental health resources for students

    • Understanding mental health issues amongst young adult students
    • How to build mental health resources for students
    • Enhancing understanding of mental health issues amongst students
    • Lessons for other educational institutions

    Professor Brian Kelly, Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

    3:30 Afternoon Tea

    3:50 Integrating your mental health initiatives into wider community strategies

    • Working with government and mental health providers
    • Promoting mental health in the household and educating parents

    Pat Lowe, Deputy Principal Students, Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview

    4:40 Mental health promotion at Carey Baptist Grammar School

    • Learn the approach of Carey Baptist Grammar School to mental health promotion
    • The reform process and program design
    • Outcomes and lessons from this mental health program

    Shane Kamsner, Head of Student Development, Carey Baptist Grammar School

    5:30 Embedding a culture of concern for mental health

    • Understand how Knox Grammar Schools ensures concern for mental health across all areas of schooling
    • Master how to ensure buy in to programs by staff of all levels
    • Learn the benefits of embedding a long-term culture of concern for mental health

    Peter Voysey, Director of Students K-6, Knox Grammar School

    6:20 Christ Church Grammar School’s Health and Wellbeing Centre

    • Importance of a proactive, preventative approach
    • Evidence based strategies that have connected
    • Lessons from Christ Church Grammar School’s experience

    Liam Casson, Director, Centre for Boy’s Health and Wellbeing, Christ Church Grammar School

     7:10 End of Day Two

  • Workshop Agenda

    DAY THREE: 6TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    8:00 Workshop A: Identifying mental health issues and pre-active prevention

    Ensuring the mental health of students in educational institutions requires pro-activity and an understanding of the signs of mental health issues. All educational institutions would benefit from taking a more pro-active response to student mental health issues.

    Through hands-on participation delegates will learn practical techniques for promoting mental health and working with student communities with specific needs. These lessons can be used to enhance their institutions wellbeing and mental health programs. 

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand pro-active techniques to prevent cyber bullying
    • Learn techniques for promoting LGBTIQ student mental health
    • How to promote positive body image amongst male and female students
    • Identify signs of student mental health issues

    Expert Facilitator: Gitta Johnston, Founder and Principal Trainer, Life Lessons Educational Programs

    10:30 Morning Tea

    10:50 Workshop B: Building student resilience

    Building student resilience is an important aspect of mental health promotion for educational institutions.

    Through this interactive workshop participants will learn to apply the framework of the Resilience Doughnut model to their institution. These Resilience Doughnut framework can be used to build sustainable mental health promotion strategies that will ensure greater student mental health and a more mentally healthy environment for all.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Understand and apply the resilience doughnut framework in your institution
    • Learn sustainable long-term mental health promotion strategies
    • Apply data in program design and reform

    Expert Facilitator: Kylie Warry, Facilitator, the Resilience Doughnut, The Resilience Centre

    1:20 Lunch

    2:20 Workshop C: Study Without Stress

    Year 12 students report significant stress related to the final high school year and exams in particular. For some students this stress is severe and impacts on their academic productivity as well as their personal wellbeing. The Study without Stress program has been developed to teach students how to manage stress related to the final year of school. This program teaches cognitive behavioural therapy skills and has been shown to be effective at reducing stress levels.

    Learning outcomes:
    In this two hour workshop, you will:

    • Gain an understanding of some cognitive and behavioural techniques needed to manage the stress linked with the pressure to perform.
    • Learn practical tips to help students overcome unhelpful thinking styles, create a study-life balance, manage anxiety and problem solve.
    • Obtain a greater understanding of the Study Without Stress program and how it can be used in your school including an evaluation process for the program.

    Expert Facilitator: Viviana Wuthrich, Associate Professor and creator of Study Without Stress Program, Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University

    5:00 End of Day

  • Speaker List
    • Deputy President Sams, Deputy President, Fair Work Commission
    • Dr Timothy Wright, Headmaster, Shore
    • Br Steve Hogan, Principal, Oakhill College
    • Neil Worsley, College Principal, Northern Beaches Secondary College
    • Fay Jackson, Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW; CEO, Vision in Mind; General Manager, Inclusion, Flourish Australia
    • Greg Gebhart, Senior Trainer, Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner
    • Adrian Johnson, Head of Senior School, Somerset College
    • Peter Voysey, Director of Students K-6, Knox Grammar School
    • Shane Kamsner, Head of Student Development, Carey Baptist Grammar School
    • Michael Turton, Director of Student Wellbeing K-12, Georges River Grammar
    • Liam Casson, Director Centre for Boy’s Health and Wellbeing, Christ Church
      Grammar School
    • Duncan Kendall, Assistant Head of the Senior Preparatory School, The Scots College Sydney
    • Amanda Walsh, Assistant Principal Wellbeing, Glenunga International High School
    • Stephanie Bond, School Psychologist, Glenunga International High School
    • Bob Meakin, Deputy Head – Students, Newington College
    • Dr. Sarah Loch, Dean of Students, Pymble Ladies’ College
    • Pat Lowe, Deputy Principal Students and Special Education Teacher, Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview
    • Morgana Walker, School Psychologist and Special Education Teacher, Scotch College
    • Norma Fakhouri, Senior Counsellor, Sutherland TAFE
    • Rene Poulos, Senior TAFE Counsellor, Randwick and Eora TAFE
    • Professor Jennifer Hudson, Director Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie
      University
    • Professor Brian Kelly, Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle
    • Craig Comrie, National Director, Safe Schools Coalition Australia
    • Phillip Spratt, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations

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