PESA 2018

April 11 (4pm) - April 14 (4pm) • Geelong Grammar School
The Positive Education Schools Association and Geelong Grammar School have collaborated to bring you a retreat style conference unlike any other. Delegates of the PESA 2018 National Conference will have the opportunity to connect with thought-leaders and educators from around the world to learn about Positive Education, collaborate and share their experience, enhance their own wellbeing and work together to create flourishing schools and communities. We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an extraordinary event! This website and conference app (download below) will be updated as we continue to partner with keynotes, finalise our masterclasses and workshops, confirm our panel presentations and complete our schedule. Presenters include - - Dr. Martin Seligman - Prof. Lea Waters - Anh Do - Georgie Harman - Dr. Tony Fernando - Mark Collard - Dr. Lucy Hone - Dr Helen Street Scroll down to view more information on Keynote Speakers and Masterclass presenters.
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Schedule

  • 11 April
  • 12 April
  • 13 April
  • 14 April

Registration

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Optional tour of campus

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Conference Welcome - BBQ

06:30 PM 07:00 PM

Mystery event

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Official Conference opening

09:00 AM 09:10 AM

Keynote - Martin Seligman

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Dr. Martin  Seligman

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - Anh Do

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Anh Do

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Streams 1 - 5

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

Workshops

02:00 PM 02:55 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Panel Discussion

03:20 PM 04:00 PM

Brian  Cook

Patrick  Dangerfield

Dr. Lucy  Hone

Mindful Moment

04:00 PM 04:10 PM

Mini Keynotes

04:10 PM 05:00 PM

Dr Helen  Street

Reflection and close of Day One

04:50 PM 05:00 PM

Networking Drinks

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner and entertainment

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

PESA CEO & Principal Sponsor Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote - Lea Waters

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Prof. Lea  Waters

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Learn, Live, Teach, Embed, Play

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Optional tour of school and Wellbeing Centre open

12:15 PM 01:15 PM

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Panel Q&A

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Mindful Moment

03:40 PM 03:45 PM

Mini Keynotes - 2 x 20 mins TBC

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Day Two Reflection & close

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Conference Dinner - Mexican Night

06:30 PM 08:00 PM

Fireside Chat and Movie Option

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

Student Welcome

09:00 AM 09:05 AM

PESA Recognition for Martin Seligman

09:05 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote - TBC

09:15 AM 10:05 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Connect Workshops

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 03:00 PM

Final Mini Keynotes

02:45 PM 03:30 PM

Mindful Moment

03:25 PM 03:30 PM

Final Mini Keynote or Panel Discussion

03:30 PM 03:50 PM

Conferences Thankyous and Official Close

04:00 PM 04:30 PM

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

Keynote Speakers

Masterclasses by

Dr. Martin Seligman

University of Pennsylvania
Psychologist, educator, and author.
Martin Seligman is globally recognised as the founding father of Positive Psychology. He is the Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center, Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology, and Director of the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program (MAPP).
Martin Seligman is a leading authority in the fields of Positive Psychology, resilience, learned helplessness, depression, optimism and pessimism. He is also a recognized authority on interventions that prevent depression, and build strengths and well-being. He has written more than 250 scholarly publications and 20 books. Dr. Seligman's books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers both in America and abroad. Among his better-known works are Flourish, Authentic Happiness, Learned Optimism, The Optimistic Child, Helplessness, and Abnormal Psychology. His book Character Strengths and Virtues: A handbook and classification, was co-authored with Christopher Peterson.

In 1998, Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association. His primary aim as APA President was to join practice and science together so both might flourish - a goal that has dominated his own life as a psychologist. Since 2000, his main mission has been the promotion of the field of Positive Psychology. Dr. Seligman is expanding Positive Psychology to education, health, and neuroscience, and has applied his research to groups like teachers and students, the U.S. Army, athletes, and every-day people. His goal is to make the world happier.

Dr. Seligman was born in Albany, NY and received his B.A. from Princeton University, Summa Cum Laude (Philosophy), 1964; Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (Psychology), 1967; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1989; Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris causa, Massachusetts College of Professional Psychology, 1997; Ph.D., Honoris causa, Complutense University, Spain, 2003; and Ph.D., Honoris causa, University of East London, 2006.
Martin Seligamn is an American psychologist, educator, and author of self-help books. Since the late 90s, Seligman has been an avid promoter within the scientific community for the field of positive psychology.[1] His theory of learned helplessness is popular among scientific and clinical psychologists.[2] A Review of General Psychologysurvey, published in 2002, ranked Seligman as the 31st most cited psychologist of the 20th century. 

12 April

Prof. Lea Waters

IPPA & The University of Melbourne
Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D.) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the first Australian to be appointed a Professorship in Positive Psychology and has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for the 20 years.

Lea is the current President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and a Professor and Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre, the University of Melbourne.

Lea is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologist (APS).

She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan, as well as the Well-being Institute, Cambridge University.

Lea is an Advisory Board member of the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, and the Ambassador for the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA).

She was names as a Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner 2015.

13 April

Anh Do

Anh Do arrived in Australia aged two, on a small fishing boat heaving with 47 other Vietnamese refugees, dehydrated and starving, terrified by pirate attacks, and grieving, having lost one young man at sea.
Many of you will be familiar with his story, having read his award-winning autobiography, The Happiest Refugee.
Despite a challenging start, by the time he was 30 years old, Anh Do held a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws, and was voted Australian Comedian of the Year.
Anh has hosted numerous television shows including Anh Does Vietnam, Anh's Brush with Fame, and his Olympic special, Made in China with Anh Do. He has made regular appearances on Thank God You're Here, Spicks and Specks, Rove, Dancing With The Stars and The Footy Show.
An extraordinary author, artist, comedian, film-producer and speaker, Anh has entertained, motivated and impacted the lives of thousands, young and old, at community and corporate events in Australia and abroad.
Anh will share with us his life story, with all its trials and tribulations.
His lived experience is truly a story of resilience, grit and optimism - from language difficulties to an absent father, from being broke to being bullied, from starting life as a refugee to becoming one of Australia’s best-loved personalities.
m began airing. He was twice a finalist in the Archibald Prize

12 April

Georgie Harman

CEO
Beyond Blue
Ms Harman was appointed as the CEO of beyondblue in May 2014. She has significant and broad-ranging policy and service delivery experience in the community, public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom.

From 2006-2012, Ms Harman worked at the Commonwealth Department of Health where she had national responsibility for Australian mental health, suicide prevention and substance misuse policy and programs, including those targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She was one of the architects of the 2011 cross-portfolio National Mental Health Reform Budget package. At the same time, she was responsible for the early strategy and development of legislation to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia – a world first.

Ms Harman has also worked in the community sector and in private enterprise. She came to Australia in 1999 to be the inaugural Executive Director for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation in Sydney – Australia's first and largest independent HIV/AIDS charity. She has also worked extensively overseas, particularly in non-government organisations in London.

Emily Larson

Director
International Positive Education Network (IPEN)
Emily Larson is a researcher, instructor, and practitioner in the fields of education and public policy. She serves as the Director for the International Positive Education Network (IPEN), an organization formed by Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth and Sir Anthony Seldon. For the past three years she has been an assistant instructor to Dr. Martin Seligman’s course in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. Emily has published author and has has also worked on various positive education projects in Nepal, India, the Philippines, the UK and USA. Her expertise is turning academic research into practical lesson plans and interventions for educators and students.. Emily completed her MAPP degree in 2013 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alejandro Adler

Wellbeing Scientist & Postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania
Alejandro Adler is a well-being scientist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and practice focus on well-being, education, skills, and public policy. Currently, Alejandro is working with the governments of various countries to infuse curricula across schools with Positive Psychology skills and to measure the impact of these Positive Education interventions on youth well-being. He derives meaning from empowering individuals and communities to become their best possible selves using evidence-based well-being skills. Originally from Mexico, Alejandro has a B.A. in psychology, a B.Sc. in economics, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Pennsylvania.ing scientist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and practice focus on well-being, education, skills, and public policy. Currently, Alejandro is working with the governments of various countries to infuse curricula across schools with Positive Psychology skills and to measure the impact of these Positive Education interventions on youth well-being. He derives meaning from empowering individuals and communities to become their best possible selves using evidence-based well-being skills. Originally from Mexico, Alejandro has a B.A. in psychology, a B.Sc. in economics, an M.A. in psychology, and a Ph.D. in psychology, all from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchett

Orange Sky Laundry
Young Australians of the Year 2016
Orange Sky Laundry is the world's first free mobile laundry service for the homeless. A crazy idea in 2014 to put two washing machines and two dryers in a van and wash and dry clothes for free. Starting in the streets of Brisbane, Orange Sky has now grown to 20 services across Australia. 

Dr. Tony Fernando

University of Auckland
Tony is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he received the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician wellbeing. In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. More recently, he started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Correctional Facility in Auckland.

Dr. Lucy Hone

The 100% Project

Lucy Hone combines academic research through AUT’s Human Potential Centre with professional training/consultancy in the science of wellbeing and resilience as a co-founder of  The 100% Project. The widespread and international success of her blog attracted a book deal in 2015 and What Abi Taught Us (a practical guide to resilient grieving) is now available in all good bookshops.
Lucy trained with the field’s leading academics (Martin Seligman, Karen Reivich, Chris Peterson, Angela Duckworth, Barb Fredrickson, George Vaillant, Roy Baumeister, and Ed Diener) in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania.

12 April

Dr Helen Street

Education Consultant and Applied Social Psychologist
Applied social psychologist and education consultant, Dr Helen Street, founded and developed the Positive Schools movement in 2008 with her partner, Neil Porter. Over the past ten years, the Positive Schools Conferences, and online magazine ‘The Positive Times’, have grown from strength to strength in Australia and more recently in Asia and Europe. She is an honorary fellow at The University of Western Australia and a research consultant for the WA Healthy Department’s Centre for Clinical Interventions and for the WA Association for Mental Health. She also writes regularly for educational magazines and has authored three books on mental health and wellbeing in addition to many academic chapters and papers. Helen lives in Western Australia with Neil, their three daughters and two vegetarian cats, commonly known as rabbits.

12 April

Cam Greenwood

Founder
Monsta Surf
Cam is a born-and-raised Aussie guy with nothing more than passion for life, love for people and a spirit of adventure.

He is proud to have created Monsta Surf, a socially conscious brand that has reached thousands.

Cam's vision for his life and ventures is to use it as a platform to connect with people and ultimately empower them to adventure beyond fear with a positive, powerful influence to discover more for humanity.

He is blessed to have an amazing tribe around him that has taken ownership of his vision and spread it into their own communities which now spans over 40 countries around the world. Cam has also dreamed the Monsta Foundation into existence which has been utilised to simply love people and make a difference to those in need in Kenya, across South East Asia and locally in Australia.

Anne Johnstone MAPP

Principal
Ravenswood School for Girls
Anne is Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls, a leading independent girls’ school in Sydney, Australia. Anne is also Deputy Chair, and a founding board member, of the Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA).

Anne has a rich and diverse academic background, holding a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees (with Honours) from Macquarie University, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of New England. She has been the recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship, the focus of which was the exploration of ways to foster resilience in learning. She conducted this study whilst based at Cambridge University in England.

Before pursuing her passion for teaching, Anne practised as a lawyer, specialising in commercial litigation. She has also worked as a consultant advising schools and law firms in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, leadership and communication skills, and has lectured at Macquarie University in Modern Corporate Governance and Labour Law.
Anne is Principal of Ravenswood School for Girls, a leading independent girls’ school in Sydney, Australia. Anne is also Deputy Chair, and a founding board member, of the Positive Education in Schools Association (PESA). Ravenswood has approximately 1,200 girls, of which a number board with the school from Australia and overseas.

Before pursuing her passion for teaching Anne practised as a lawyer. She has also worked as a consultant advising schools and law firms in the areas of positive psychology, resilience, leadership and communication skills, and lectured at Macquarie University.

Brian Cook

CEO
Geelong Football Club
Brian Cook has long been recognised as one of Australia’s leading sports administrators. With 29 years as an AFL club CEO with the West Coast and Geelong, Cook is the equal longest serving CEO in the 121 year history of the league.

As CEO of the Geelong Football Club since 1999, Cook has led the Cats from a near bankrupt regional club to one of the country’s leading sports brands, enjoying unprecedented success both on and off the field.

Known for his strong values based leadership style, Cook has overseen the rebirth of the Cats. The club broke a 44 year premiership drought in 2007, winning the grand final by a record margin. Further premierships followed in 2009 and 2011, and the club has continued to challenge for further success while undergoing a complete transformation of its playing list.

Cook has led a four stage redevelopment of the Cats home ground, GMHBA Stadium, resulting in $200 million in investment to turn to the stadium and the club’s training facilities into best in the country.
Under Cook’s stewardship, the Cats have implemented a strong community outreach, featuring 10 flagship programs that look to improve the lives and decision making among young people.

The club was close to $10 million in liabilities when Cook arrived, but now is one of the most stable sporting organisations in Australia, with a membership base that has grown from 18,000 to an expected 60,000 in 2018, and has seen turnover rise from $16 million to nearly $60 million.
Prior to joining the Cats, Cook spent nine years at the helm of the West Coast Eagles. He guided the Eagles to premierships in 1992 and 1994, marking the first times that a non-Victorian club had won the AFL grand final. During that period the Eagles averaged an operating profit of $3 million and grew membership from 10,000 to 30,000.

A life member of the AFL and the Geelong Football Club, Cook was named as the Eunice Gill award winner for services to coaching at a national level in 1994, was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2001 and was recognised as the Australian sport’s executive of the year by the Confederation of Australian sport in 2007.

Cook currently serves as a director of the Geelong Football Club and the Slade Group, is Chair of the Geelong Cats foundation and Barwon Health, is patron of Wombat’s wish and is an advisory member of Geelong major events.

Cook completed the Advanced management program at Harvard Business School in 2013 and holds a Master of Education from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Education from Deakin University.

An elite athlete in his own right, Cook was a golden gloves boxer and played with both Hawthorn and Melbourne. He moved west and represented Subiaco and East Perth in the WAFL, and also was an assistant coach at East Perth and senior coach at Ainslie in the ACT.
Cook continues to thrive in competitive situations as a swimmer, and he has 10 successful solo crossings of the annual 20km Rottnest Island swim.

12 April

Patrick Dangerfield

Geelong Football Club
5x All Australian
2015 Malcolm Blight Medallist
2x Carji Greeves Medallist
Represented Australia 4 times in the International Rules
2016 Brownlow Medallist

Outside of Football, Patrick thoroughly enjoys fishing, surfing and being around his family, in particular wife Mardi and new son George..

12 April

Girls Rock! Melbourne

Girls Rock! Melbourne aims to empower young female, trans, and gender diverse people aged 10 - 17 through music and education. We hold school holidays camps, workshops, and other events throughout the year in an effort to address the problem of gender inequality in the music industry.

Dr Toni Noble

Adjunct Professor
Australian Catholic University
Toni Noble PhD is the co-author (with Helen McGrath) of the multiple award-winning Bounce Back Wellbeing & Resilience program. Bounce Back draws on her knowledge and experience as a teacher, teacher educator, author, consultant, researcher and psychologist. Toni is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University. Her other highly acclaimed teacher resource books include The PROSPER School Pathways for Student Wellbeing. Policy and Practices, Eight Ways At Once (Books 1 & 2) and Different Kids, Same Classroom on curriculum differentiation and HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills on student engagement. Her Government projects include the National Safe Schools Framework, the Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing and resourcing the Safe Schools Hub (now Student Wellbeing Hub).

Matthew Johnstone

Author, illustrator, and public speaker

Dan Haesler

Director
Cut Through Coaching & Consulting
Dan Haesler works with individuals and organisations around issues of leadership, engagement, mindset and wellbeing.

As Director of Cut Through Coaching & Consulting he consults to publicly listed companies, government education projects, schools, professional associations and not-for-profit organisations.
Dan is an international keynote speaker and regularly presents alongside well-known thought leaders and industry experts, as well as Olympians and even the occasional Oscar winner.

He regularly features in the media and is passionate about equity and social justice. His first book, #SchoolOfThought is now available with all profits donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Dr Denise Quinlan

Dr Denise Quinlan specialises in the science of well-being. She has published in international journals and book chapters on topics of positive psychology, resilience and well-being. She is the developer of the Awesome Us strengths programme, successfully tested in NZ schools. Awesome Us has been shown to enhance a range of important outcomes: student well-being, engagement for learning, relatedness, and class climate. She has worked with schools in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She has a long-term relationship with the Te Wai Pounamu Well-being Cluster, a group of primary and intermediate schools working together to support student and staff well-being in their schools since 2008.

Denise has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a PhD focused on well-being in education from the University of Otago, Dunedin. She has worked with Professor Martin Seligman and Dr Karen Reivich delivering training in resilience and well-being in the UK and Australia. Denise has developed interactive programmes for people from 8-80 years to teach them to enhance their own well-being. Her three-day retreat programme, What To Do Next, has been described as ‘life-changing’. She enjoys making courses relevant, practical and fun for everyone in the room. She values laughter and honesty in her work and believes in growth and change are always possible and kindness is always worthwhile.

Tom Brunzell

Senior Advisor Education
Berry Street
Tom Brunzell began his career in education as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member at NYC P.S. #28 in the Bronx. Tom co-founded KIPP Infinity Charter School as Dean of Students and literacy teacher. He worked with students and their families; supervised teachers through classroom observation and curriculum feedback; supervised KIPP's guidance staff of social workers and counselors--eventually serving as chair for all KIPP NYC's social worker development group. Additionally, he was team leader in the University of Pennsylvania/KIPP/Riverdale Country School three-year partnership to develop character education and the Character Report Card with Dr Martin Seligman and Dr Angela Duckworth.

He now serves as Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, for Berry Street Childhood Institute, working with school leaders, teachers, and their regions in the areas of school culture and curriculum development.

He received his bachelor degree (B.A.) from Yale University, then a teaching masters degree (M.S.T.) from Pace University and a school leadership masters degree (Ed.M.) from the Bank Street School of Education. Tom presents internationally on topics of transforming school cultures, high expectations for differentiated instruction, trauma-informed practice, wellbeing and the application of positive psychology, and effective school leadership. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Centre for Positive Psychology and Youth Research Centre, studying trauma-informed pedagogy, positive psychology, and their impacts on workplace meaning.

Therese Joyce

Director of Positive Education
Peninsula Grammar
Therese Joyce B.A. MAPP (MSc. Applied Positive Psychology) is the Director of Positive Education at Peninsula Grammar, Senior Associate at the Positivity Institute, and a consultant to schools and organisations. She has worked with Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions including Government, Catholic and Independent schools. Her areas of expertise include Positive Education, Resilience, Mindfulness, and Social and Emotional Learning. Therese spent two years as Associate Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at The University of Melbourne, has studied Comedy and Performance at the London International School of Performing Arts, and appeared on CBC News Canada, Bupa Blueroom, the Positive Psychology Podcast, and ABC Radio National as an expert on playfulness.

Mark Collard

Experiential Trainer & Author
Playmeo
Mark is an experiential trainer, speaker and author, and director of a small professional development business called ‘playmeo.' He is an expert at helping teachers and experiential educators learn the skills and strategies they need to deliver remarkably fun programs that engage and motivate students to participate and get along. He has written three top-selling activity publications including 'No Props,' 'Count Me In' and 'Serious Fun' which are sold worldwide. As the founder of playmeo.com, Mark has developed the largest online resource of 330+ group games and activities which are specifically designed to invite students to have fun, share, trust and build other critical interpersonal skills.

Janet Etty-Leal

Meditation Capsules
Janet is an author, speaker and Mindfulness Educator. Her consultancy, ‘Meditation Capsules’ has provided Mindful life-skill programs for organizations in Victoria, interstate and overseas. She has worked across a diverse range of sectors; including education, health, the corporate sector, sport and community wellbeing.

Janet’s key focus is to bring Mindfulness to life in Education, with heart, mind and hands-on practices! Her creative Mindful Meditation programs have enhanced curriculum for thousands of students from ELC to Year 12. She has facilitated staff training and courses for Government, Private and Special Schools, and educational organizations.

In 2010 she published ‘Meditation Capsules: A Mindfulness Program for Children’. Studies based on this Program have been undertaken by Masters/PhD candidates in Universities in W.A., S.A., Victoria, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the US and Puerto Rico. In 2015 Janet developed Primary and Secondary nature based Mindfulness curriculum for ‘Cool Australia’/ ‘Planet Ark’.

Janet is Secretary of the Board of the Meditation Association of Australia and a member of the ‘Confluence’ Committee with the University of Divinity, which aims to promote dialogue between Meditation traditions.

Prof. Lea Waters

IPPA & The University of Melbourne
Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D.) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is the first Australian to be appointed a Professorship in Positive Psychology and has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for the 20 years.

Lea is the current President of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and a Professor and Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre, the University of Melbourne.

Lea is a registered psychologist (AHPRA), a full member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a full member of the College of Organisational Psychologist (APS).

She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan, as well as the Well-being Institute, Cambridge University.

Lea is an Advisory Board member of the South Australian Medical Health Research Institute, and the Ambassador for the Positive Education Schools Association (PESA).

She was names as a Westpac 100 Women of Influence winner 2015.

Toni Powell

Author, Speaker, Wake Up Artist, Educator
Toni is a passionate enquirer about what makes people tick, why good relationships work and how to maintain happiness. Her interest and extensive research into these areas form the basis of her memorable and practical workshops and keynotes.

Toni is the author of two books: ‘What A Feeling’ – a surprising and eye-opening book on relationships and The Yellow Car, a short picture book on the subject of worry.

Her varied background includes parenting 5 children and 3 small businesses; designing and managing large events; award winning filmmaking; and volunteer work with youth.

In 2006 Toni was the subject of a feel-good episode of ABC’s Australian Story called ‘Let There Be Light'

Andrew Fuller

Clinical Psychologist, author and Family Therapist
Andrew has recently been described as an "interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane” and as someone who “puts the heart back into psychology”. As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller works with many schools and communities in Australia and internationally, specialising in the wellbeing of young people and their families. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.

Andrew has been a principal consultant to the national drug prevention strategy REDI, the ABC on children’s television shows, is an Ambassador for Mind Matters and is a member of the National Coalition Against Bullying.

Prof. Lindsay Oades

University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Lindsay G Oades (MBA with Distinction, PhD) is Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Lindsay’s formal training is in psychology and business. Lindsay’s PhD was in Clinical Psychology and he was previously a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and College of Clinical Psychologists and College of Health Psychologists.

In March 2015 Lindsay was invited to move from his position (School of Psychology and Sydney Business School) of over 15 years at the University of Wollongong to work at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Associate Prof. Mathew A. White

The University of Adelaide
Mathew A. White PhD is an Associate Professor of education in the School of Education at The University of Adelaide. His research interests include character education, leadership, wellbeing and strategy. Mathew lectures on Educational Leadership, Policy and Reflective Practice.

Mathew has co-edited three ground-breaking books on wellbeing. His most recent book is Future Directions in Wellbeing: Education, Organizations and Policy. His research has been featured in top journals including the Journal of Positive Psychology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, a Principal Fellow and Associate Professor in Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne and an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at the University of Cambridge.

Mathew serves on the Education Committee of St Mark’s College, Adelaide’s oldest university residential college. He is an Australian representative for the International Positive Education Network, current Chair and past Secretary of the Positive Education Schools Association South Australian Chapter.

Before his appointment at The University of Adelaide, Mathew was Director of Wellbeing & Positive Education and served on the school's Senior Leadership Team at St Peter's College – Adelaide, was the founding Director of Leadership at the social enterprise Teach for Australia and taught at Geelong Grammar School.


In 2016, Mathew was awarded Fellowship in the Australian College of Educators, one of the College’s highest honours, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the teaching profession. In 2017, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders conferred two awards on Mathew; a National Leadership Award, and a South Australian Leadership Medal in recognition of his exceptional scholarship and leadership.

Dr. Moya O'Brien

Founding Director
The Institute of Child Education & Psychology Europe
Moya is a clinical psychologist who trained both in Ireland and in the USA. With almost twenty years experience as a clinical psychologist, Dr. O'Brien has worked for many years in the area of special needs and continues to provide consultation to schools. She has taught on the MSC in Education and on the Career Guidance and Counselling course in the National University of Ireland in Maynooth. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Her experience includes working in the May Institute Cape Cod and working in the Institute for Applied Behaviour Analysis in Los Angeles. She was employed in the Irish Eastern Regional Health Authority as manager of the Parenting Unit before co-founding ICEP Europe. Moya's current research interests include the application of ABA in both mainstream and special school settings and the implementation of school-wide policies for the support of students with special educational needs and/or challenging behaviour.

Dr Arne Rubinstein

The Making Of Men
Adolescent Development Expert

Michelle McQuaid

Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.
An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.
She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.
Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence.

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Registration

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Optional tour of campus

05:00 PM 06:00 PM

Conference Welcome - BBQ

06:30 PM 07:00 PM Dining Hall

Mystery event

07:00 PM 08:00 PM Dining Hall

Dr Suzy Green, Dr Aaron Jarden, Dr Jo Mitchell 

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM Handbury Wellbeing Center

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Dining Hall

Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM SPACE

Traditional Welcome to Country - Smoking Ceremony

08:45 AM 09:00 AM

Official Conference opening

09:00 AM 09:10 AM


Official welcome from Geelong Grammar School and PESA Chairman

Keynote - Martin Seligman

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Speakers

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - Anh Do

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Speakers

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Streams 1 - 5

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Dan Haesler, Therese Joyce, Tom Brunzell, Janet Etty-Leal, Toni Powell 

Lunch

12:45 PM 02:00 PM

- Wellbeing Center is open fo ruse (Pool, Gym, Studio etc) 
- An optional tour of GGS will run in this Lunch break also 

Workshops

02:00 PM 02:55 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM Dining Hall

Panel Discussion

03:20 PM 04:00 PM

A panel of experts will discuss a topical question relating to Positive Education

Speakers

Mindful Moment

04:00 PM 04:10 PM

Mini Keynotes

04:10 PM 05:00 PM

Speakers

Reflection and close of Day One

04:50 PM 05:00 PM

Networking Drinks

06:00 PM 07:00 PM

Dinner and entertainment

07:00 PM 08:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM Dining Hall

PESA CEO & Principal Sponsor Welcome

09:00 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote - Lea Waters

09:15 AM 10:00 AM

Speakers

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses - Learn, Live, Teach, Embed, Play

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM Dining Hall

Optional tour of school and Wellbeing Centre open

12:15 PM 01:15 PM

Workshops

01:30 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon tea

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Panel Q&A

03:00 PM 04:00 PM

Mindful Moment

03:40 PM 03:45 PM

Mini Keynotes - 2 x 20 mins TBC

04:00 PM 05:00 PM

Day Two Reflection & close

04:30 PM 05:00 PM

Conference Dinner - Mexican Night

06:30 PM 08:00 PM

Fireside Chat and Movie Option

09:00 PM 10:00 PM

Optional Yoga Class or use of Handbury Centre for Wellbeing

06:00 AM 09:00 AM

Breakfast

07:30 AM 08:00 AM

Student Welcome

09:00 AM 09:05 AM

PESA Recognition for Martin Seligman

09:05 AM 09:15 AM

Keynote - TBC

09:15 AM 10:05 AM

Mindful Moment/Brain Break

09:55 AM 10:00 AM

Keynote - TBC

10:00 AM 11:00 AM

Morning Tea

10:30 AM 11:00 AM

Masterclasses

11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Lunch

12:15 PM 01:00 PM

Connect Workshops

01:15 PM 02:00 PM

Afternoon Tea

02:15 PM 03:00 PM

Final Mini Keynotes

02:45 PM 03:30 PM

Mindful Moment

03:25 PM 03:30 PM

Final Mini Keynote or Panel Discussion

03:30 PM 03:50 PM

Conferences Thankyous and Official Close

04:00 PM 04:30 PM