Award-winning Bounce Back! is the world's first Positive Education program. It consists of practical resources and strategies designed to teach social and emotional learning skills within a school environment, and to support and promote student wellbeing and resilience.

This engaging and practical workshop will ensure all participants develop a thorough understanding of the program and have the confidence to utilise it effectively in their school.

Description

Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and adversity (and even be strengthened by these challenges).

It is the ability to bounce back from hardship whilst retaining a positive mindset and sense of self. Teaching resilience is such an important skill to teach because all young people experience hardships, adversity and challenges (e.g. bullying, natural disasters, death of a relative). Resilience is also an important skill in relation to academic achievement and is used when you set goals and persist despite set backs.

The Bounce Back! Wellbeing and Resilience Workshop

This workshop will provide you with an in-depth exploration of the Bounce Back! program for resilience and wellbeing, and will give you the tools necessary to use the program effectively in your school.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the psychological principles and research that underpin the program
  • Develop a sound understanding of the program’s core structure and curriculum units, as well as teaching strategies for fostering student wellbeing and resilience
  • Develop a greater awareness of strategies for using children’s literature to teach key wellbeing and resilience concepts
  • Gain the knowledge to implement the Bounce Back! program within the classroom and across the school

Completing the Bounce Back! Wellbeing and Resilience Workshop will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Accreditation is processed after completion of the workshop and only upon request.

 

 

This workshop addresses the following AITSL Standards:

  • 1.1 Use teaching strategies based on physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students to improve student learning
  • 1.2 Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge
  • 1.3 Design and implement teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • 3.1 Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students
  • 3.5 Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement
  • 4.1 Model effective practice and support colleagues to implement inclusive strategies that engage and support all students
  • 4.4 Maintain student safety
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

More about Helen McGrath and Toni Noble, authors of Bounce Back! and two of the workshop presenters.

Toni Noble

 

Helen McGrath

 
Toni Noble PhotoToni is an educator and educational psychologist with expertise in student wellbeing, positive school communities and positive psychology/positive education. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and is a co-author, with Helen McGrath, of many practical best selling teacher resource books including the award winning BOUNCE BACK! Program and HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills on student engagement. Her involvement in major government projects includes the Australian Government’s 2011 Revision of the National Safe Schools Framework, advising and developing resources for the Safe Schools Hub and the Australian Government’s 2008 Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She has an Australian Government Carrick citation for her outstanding contributions to University teaching and is on the Advisory Board of the National Centre Against Bullying.   Helen McGrath PhotoHelen is a counselling psychologist and educator with expertise in mental health,social skills, relationships and effective teaching & learning. She is an Adjunct Professor at two universities: RMIT University (School of Education), and Deakin University (School of Education) and a psychologist in part-time private practice. She is the author or co-author of 22 books for educators, psychologists and the general community including Difficult Personalities and two award winning programs: BOUNCE BACK! and Friendly Kids Friendly Classrooms. Her newest co-authored book, with Toni Noble, is HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills. She is a recipient of Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service. Her involvement in major government projects includes the Australian Government’s 2011 Revision of the National Safe Schools Framework, advising and developing resources for the Safe Schools Hub and the Australian Government’s 2008 Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She is on the Advisory Board and executive committee of the National Centre Against Bullying.  

Please note: Workshops will not be confirmed to proceed until we reach minimum numbers, so please check with us before you make any travel or accommodation bookings. 

Prerequisites

Please bring your Bounce Back! resource with you to the workshop. If you don't have one yet, please let us know!



Target Audience

This workshop is designed for educators and allied health professionals working with young people in Foundation to Year 6.

This workshop is best suited if you:

  • Are thinking about implementing Bounce Back! in your school
  • Have recently started your Bounce Back! journey
  • Are new to a school that is currently using Bounce Back!

 

Bounce Back! Resources

Bounce Back! is a Wellbeing and Resilience Program promoting positive mental health and student wellbeing at school.

Created by Helen McGrath and Toni Noble, this is a whole-school program (Foundation to Year 8) providing students with practical strategies and life skills to handle challenges and adversity encountered.

Find out more about Bounce Back! Here