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Building Your Resilience

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 1.00 PM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre | Meeting Room 212

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Anyone who is so highly engaged in their job that they sense they may be at risk for burnout (teachers, lawyers, physicians, and even wellbeing researchers and practitioners, plus HR, L&D, Occupational Health, H&S, or others who manage those at risk of burnout. 

Resilience in the Age of Burnout: Becoming a Big Wave Surfer

This session applies the science of resilience to a pernicious 21st century problem. Burnout affects those most deeply invested in their careers, for whom work is a calling and source of meaning -  including teachers, physicians, and even wellbeing researchers and practitioners.

While burnout can appear to strike suddenly, we will explain how to identify early warning signs and implement evidence-based strategies to manage them. The individual cannot avoid burnout by managing personal wellbeing alone, however. “Burnout is the  individual’s response to a systemic problem”1. Organisational drivers include long hours, high responsibility with low autonomy and flexibility, and a perceived lack of institutional support.

This workshop provides a framework for identifying individual and organisational factors affecting wellbeing, covering the warning signs of burnout (e.g., interrupted sleep, frustration, cynicism, work/home conflict and difficulty “unplugging” from work) and sharing the resilience strategies for prioritising and addressing these challenges. Many of us live very committed lives, with little or no slack in the system. As one school principal commented, “We are all one rogue Board member, one rogue staff member, or one traumatic student incident away from not coping”. If we want to ride big waves, we need to protect our wellbeing.


Workshop Leaders

Dr Lucy Hone (Director)   New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | AUT University

Dr Lucy Hone (Director)
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience | AUT University

Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience, a research associate at AUT University, published academic researcher, best-selling author and blogger for Psychology Today.

Living through a series of devastating earthquakes and the death of her 12-year old daughter, Abi, forced Lucy to put her resilience training to the test in deeply challenging and personal circumstances. Her best-selling non-fiction title, Resilient Grieving (Allen & Unwin, 2016), is now available in the US, Australia, UK and NZ.

Lucy followed the MAPP programme at the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in public health at AUT University in Auckland. She now assists organisations – from leading law firms to primary schools – in understanding wellbeing and resilience and implementing whole-system change. The widespread respect for her work is demonstrated by being commissioned by work for the United Nations and the two large-scale pilot projects she is currently running involving dozens of NZ schools, backed by Ministry of Education funding. She is also a popular Keynote speaker.

The Conference Convenor of NZ’s Positive Education conference (PENZ), a member of the NZAPP Executive Committee, the All Right? advisory board, and New Zealand’s only representative of the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), Lucy’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology, Social Indicators Research, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the International Journal of Wellbeing and NZ Journal of Human Resources Management.

Dr Denise Quinlan (Director)   New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Dr Denise Quinlan (Director)
New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience

Dr Denise Quinlan is a director of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience, a research associate at the University of Otago and an adjunct Professor at IE University, Madrid where she lectures in strengths-based leadership.

She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand where she has conducted wellbeing research with school and university students. She has served on Committee for the International Positive Psychology Association and is an NZAPP Executive Committee Member. Her work has been published in international academic journals and edited volumes.

Denise's primary interest is the effective translation of research into practical, appropriate strategies for education and the workplace and having the right measures to track progress in these environments. Her advocacy for culturally relevant wellbeing work enlivens her work with senior executives from global organisations and universities and schools with indigenous and multi-cultural populations.