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IPPA Wellbeing Adventure race around Melbourne

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 1.00 PM - 5:00 PM

FORMAT:  Interactive workshop touring Melbourne CBD and passing by the Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne, led by 3 world-leading applied positive psychology practitioners.

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: This race starts and ends at the conference venue. Participants will leisurely stroll and use public transport (i.e., free trams) to different locations for the activities of the race.

IDEAL AUDIENCE: With the theme of the congress being connection, we invite a) people coming alone to the congress so they can connect with others, b) people relatively new to positive psychology so they can connect with positive psychology, and c) people new to Melbourne and Australia so they can connect with and Australian and Melbourne way of life. Humanness is the only prerequisite.


Join all the cool people for an amazing afternoon of wellbeing skill building and adventuring around Melbourne. Aaron, Jo, and Suzy will make experiential learning fun, and you will take away at least half a dozen new skills that you can use immediately to increase your powers of connection at the Congress. This adventure is ideal for individuals coming alone to the congress so they can connect with others (you will be based in teams for the race), individuals relatively new to positive psychology so they can connect with positive psychology and experience it, and individuals new to Melbourne and Australia so they can connect with an Australian and Melbourne way of life. Also, running is frowned upon during the race and you risk small children mocking you for a considerable amount of time…

Three key take-aways:

  1. You can build wellbeing skills whilst adventuring

  2. Experiential learning is fun

  3. You will take away at least half a dozen new skills that you can use immediately to increase your powers of connection.

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Workshop Leaders

  Suzy Green   The Positivity Institute

Suzy Green
The Positivity Institute

Dr Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and Founder of The Positivity Institute, a positively deviant organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school and work. Suzy is a leader in the complementary fields of Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology. Suzy was the recipient of an International Positive Psychology Fellowship Award, is widely published, maintains a strong media profile appearing regularly on television, radio and in print. She is also Honorary Vice President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology, and holds various honorary academic appointments nationally and internationally.

  Aaron Jarden   University of Melbourne

Aaron Jarden
University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Aaron Jarden works full time for the Center for Positive Psychology within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. He is a wellbeing consultant, social entrepreneur, has multiple qualifications in philosophy, computing, education, and psychology, and is a prolific author and presenter. He is past president of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology, also co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing, lead investigator for the International Wellbeing Study, and Senior Scientist for Work on Wellbeing amongst others companies.

  Jo Mitchell   MindRoom

Jo Mitchell
MindRoom

Dr Jo Mitchell is a clinical psychologist who works with people to achieve valued life goals, find meaning and live well. She works with professionals experiencing mental illness, burnout, or significant stress. With over 25 years sport industry experience, Jo has a specialist interest in working with high performers, particularly managing work and life transitions, mental illness and wellbeing. Jo has expertise in wellbeing science – including positive psychology, ACT and mindfulness – and completed her PhD in this field. Jo is on the Board of Action for Happiness Australia.