Pre Congress Workshops

 

Full Day Workshops - July 18 2019


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Positive Education Tour 1

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 8.30 AM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT: Interactive workshop touring 3 schools in Melbourne lead by 2 x world-leading Positive Education Scholars

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: This tour is located in Melbourne, participants will spend approx. 2 hours of travel time journeying to the three schools and 5 and half hours in the schools.

IDEAL AUDIENCE: Teachers, school leaders, educational specialists, school counsellors, psychologists, coaches, change agents in the field of education.


Positive Education Tour 2

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 8.30 AM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: For all those interested in understanding how positive psychology can be successfully applied and sustained within a school setting.


Thriving Women – Thriving World: Appreciative Inquiry Summit

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


Positive Mindfulness

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


IPPA Wellbeing Adventure race

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


Positive Psychology applications in Clinical Psychology: Case study learning

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 9.00 AM - 12:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


Building Your Resilience

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 1.00 PM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: TBC


Character Strengths

DATE: Thursday, July 18th 2019

TIME: 1.00 PM - 4:00 PM

FORMAT:  TBC

LOCATION & TRAVEL TIME: TBC

IDEAL AUDIENCE: This workshop is intended for any practitioner who takes a “strengths-based approach” to help clients, students, or employees. Such practitioners include executive coaches, psychologists, counselors, social workers, health and wellness coaches, educators/professors, managers, and human resource professionals. Researchers interested in the latest science/practice of character strengths will gain new ideas for their studies.

This tour will showcase Positive Education in action at 3 thought-leading, award-winning, Positive Education schools. The tour has been designed to expose you to wellbeing initiatives across three different contexts: a state/public school, an independent/private school and an alternative school for disengaged students. You will see how positive education is applied in kindergarten, primary/junior school, middle school, and secondary school. You will see how a range of evidence-based Positive Education frameworks are put into action: PERMA, SEARCH, Visible Wellbeing and the Berry Street model. The schools will connect you with teachers, school leaders, students and parents to give you a rich understanding of how to take positive education science and turn it into effective practice. The range of schools across sectors, year levels and Positive Education frameworks will open your eyes to an array of new practices and leave you with a raft of ideas to take back to your school. The interactive tour will be led by 2 World Expert Scholars in the Field: Associate Professor Mathew White and Dr Alejandro Adler, who will scaffold the learning at each school with interactive and reflective bus ride sessions between the schools. The bus rides give you an opportunity to see the beautiful tree lined streets of Melbourne, get to know other people in the field of Positive Education from across the globe and share what’s happening at your school with those on the bus. IPPA is so proud to have joined forces with the following three schools who have generously opened their doors to our delegates to share their thought-leading practice.

Schools to be visited: Parkmore Primary School, Caulfield Grammar School & Berry Street School

 

In 2018, Geelong Grammar School (GGS) celebrated the tenth year of its successful implementation and embedding of Positive Education, and the fifth year of operation of its Institute of Positive Education.

This Positive Education tour is your opportunity to experience a day at Geelong Grammar School and gain a personal insight into the School’s journey in placing wellbeing at the heart of education. 

3 LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. To visit Geelong Grammar School and learn from ten years of experience applying positive psychology in an educational setting; hearing directly from the School’s leaders, teachers, students and parents.

  2. To understand how Geelong Grammar School successfully applies and sustains their Learn, Live, Teach and Embed model of Positive Education and the research which supports this work.

  3. To learn from the experiences of the Institute of Positive Education team in supporting the unique Pos Ed journeys of over 1000 schools world-wide.

 

Thriving women thriving world

Stories and statistics illustrating global gender inequality, sexual abuse, harassment, and women undermining women abound in both professional research and public discourse. Depression is the number one theft of productivity among women globally. White women are dying earlier than their mothers from “diseases of despair”: alcoholism, opioid abuse, eating disorders, suicide and overdoses.  Also, it's estimated that it will now take 217 years for women to achieve economic parity in the workplace. When combined with the #metoo and #timesup movements, it is clear: not only are women not thriving around the world, they are being held down and punished for challenging the patriarchy.  

And yet there is hope; when women thrive, so do children, families, communities and the world. The purpose of this daylong Appreciative Inquiry Summit is for women and men to explore together:

  • What does Positive Psychology have to offer to address the complex challenges facing women today?

  • How can we contribute to a world where thriving women, gender equality and safety are the norms?

  • What specifically can we do in our local communities and organizations to create positive gender equal change?

  • And how can we advance dialogue and research to further thriving women in a thriving world?

 

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology: The Adventure of Meditation and Flourishing

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular interventions in psychology, the interest in which grows year after year. Positive psychology (PP) is the fastest developing branch of psychology, whose expanding journey of investigating human flourishing has attracted great interest. What happens when these two are brought together?

This workshop will inform you about the fascinating points of convergence between mindfulness and PP. We will explore various mindfulness programs focused on increasing positive variables, such as meaning, compassion, positive emotions, strengths, and gratitude. These programs are flourishing-focused, thereby embodying the spirit of PP.

The workshop covers three aspects: Theory, Research, and Practice. We will discuss some theoretical background to the convergence between PP and mindfulness, including the role of savoring and meaning in the creation of what I call the “positive mindfulness cycle”. Research will be addressed as well, and studies that bring to life the impact of mindfulness on the experience of flourishing, growth, and positive transformation will be highlighted. Finally, we will practice different mindfulness exercises designed to increase self-compassion, meaning, and savoring.

This workshop is intended to provide an adventurous, creative, and open space, where we learn about mindfulness and PP, while being mindful and playful.

 

Join all to the cool people and Jo 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…

 

Strengths-Based Resilience: An Intervention to Cultivate Resilience with Culturally Diverse Students

Strengths-Based Resilience (SBR) is broadly based on principles of positive psychology, focusing on conditions and processes that foster individual and collective well-being and resilience. The program was administered in three settings--five high schools, two adolescent outpatient hospital units, and in ten groups at a university counselling centre. Participants were culturally diverse (> 80% non-Caucasian). Program evaluation, which included comparison groups, has shown, significant decreases in stress and stigma, and significant increases in well-being and resilience. These therapeutic gains have been maintained at 6- and 12-month follow-ups. Students were also invited to share their experience of the program six months after completion through video interviews (https://strengthsbasedresilience.com/videos), and the vignettes illustrate how they utilized their strengths to bounce back from an assortment of challenges.

The workshop will describe the program topic-by-topic, which include concepts like stories of resilience, open-mindedness, signature strengths, problem solving, grudge and gratitude, empathy, slowness and savoring, positive relationships, altruism, and meaning and purpose. Three of these topics will be demonstrated experientially with the help of relevant research insights, real-life narratives, multi-media illustrations, and in-session practices. The workshop will end with outlining challenges encountered and recommendations regarding its adaptation in various educational, cultural, and therapeutic settings.

 

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.

 

Character Strengths Interventions: The latest strengths applications for boosting well-being & managing stress.

3 key take-aways for delegates

  • Name several character strengths interventions and the steps to apply them to help others.

  • Outline an intervention to help a client boost well-being and an intervention to manage stress.

  • Articulate an easy-to-apply structure for embedding character strengths into your personal approach to meetings, to working with clients, or to teaching a class.