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Anyone who teaches or works with students in any capacity to improve their mental health

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Booking Conditions

No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have any monies paid refunded in full. Cancellation made prior to the Thursday 12th August, 2021 will incur a 25% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable for in full for cancellations made on or after Thursday 12th August, 2021 or for failure to attend the program. Participants will be sent a Zoom link which is only to be used by the registered person. If any other unregistered person views the webinar without registration, they will be liable for the full registration plus an additional 25% administration fee. No attendance certificates will be issued until all monies are paid in full. Any cancellation must be made in writing and emailed to in accordance with the terms and conditions. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed, and registration monies paid will be fully refunded. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd will not be accepting liability for any other associated costs. Critical Agendas Pty Ltd reserves the right to vary the advertised program prior to commencement. Please note:  No refunds are possible for any non-attendance due to Covid19 or Covid19 Lockdowns. Should we not be able to proceed in a face to face format any face to face registration will automatically change to the webinar format.

Developing, Nurturing and Leading the Way – Addressing the needs of your students Mental Health  

National Mental Health Conference 2021

Bookings for Day One have now closed we will accept bookings for Day Two only until 1.00pm Thursday 26/08/2021

Day 1 – Thursday 26th August 2021 

Session One: 9.00am – 10.15am – Greg Mitchell -Re: Mind: Ed.  The Incredible power of mindful awareness

10.15am – 10.45am Morning Tea break

Session Two: 10.45pm – 12.00noon -Sally Learey – Improving the mental health of our ASD students

Session Three: 12.00noon – 1.15pm – Michelle Falzon – Taking the stress out of challenging conversations

1.15pm – 2.00pm Lunch break

Session Four: 2.00pm – 3.30pm – Greg Mitchell – The Compassion factor. Where Mental Health and Behaviour Management collide

Day 2 – Friday 27th August 2021 

Session Five: 9.00am – 10.15am – Jules Haddock – Managing Students Creatively on the road called Anxiety

10.15am – 10.45am Morning Tea break

Session Six: 10.45pm – 12.00noon -Brock Bastian- Building more resilient adolescents – Why our best intentions are leading us astray

Session Seven: 12.00noon – 1.15pm – Sharon Witt – How do we support the well-being of our young people post Covid

1.15pm – 2.00pm Lunch break

Session Eight: 2.00pm – 3.30pm – Greg Mitchell – Procrastination Detonation – Liberating your mental health by getting stuff done!

Conference  Close

Cost to participate in this conference:

26 & 27 August 2021 (Both Days)  COST PER PERSON $569 + GST
26 August 2021 (Day One Only)     COST PER PERSON $369 + GST
27 August Only (Day Two Only)     COST PER PERSON $369 + GST

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Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell is an established and highly sought after consultant who works with teachers, parents and administrators where it counts… in schools and in classrooms. He regularly teaches in classrooms in primary and secondary schools all over Australia demonstrating the changes that really work. Greg is an exceptional presenter with the ability to connect with educators, to challenge them and provide many practical strategies that work! Great knowledge, practical, dynamic and very entertaining!

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Sally Learey

Sally Learey is a renowned keynote speaker, author and education consultant. As well as teaching, she holds qualifications in training, positive psychology, coaching and counselling. Sally has worked in both training and primary and secondary teaching sectors across a variety of educational settings. Sally is also an author of 7 books ranging from children’s books to adult non-fiction. She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of teachers and leaders in education. Sally empowers teachers to create classrooms and learning environments that are inclusive for all students. As a mother of a son with special needs which includes ASD, she has a wealth of personal and professional expertise in this area.

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Michelle Falzon

Michelle is a mother of 2 beautiful children, an educator & student wellbeing coordinator, lover of learning, and advocate for positive mental health and wellbeing. After facing an unexpected tragedy almost 9 years ago that completely changed the trajectory of my life, she now sees herself as a survivor and not a victim. So, it is with this strong mindset that she dedicates herself and the work that she does each day to supporting others.

She’s a firm believer that knowledge is power, and when we are taught to recognise our own God-given strengths, then we are empowered to take action each and every day to be the best version of ourselves. As an educator and student wellbeing coordinator, she strongly advocates for education travelling far beyond the four walls of any classroom. All her work within positive psychology and coaching psychology is created to support individuals develop and sustain habits of good health and positive thinking that is life-long and sustainable. She strives to have people acknowledge and understand that they themselves are the authors of their own stories that they so wonderfully create in life.

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Jules Haddock

Jules has over 23 years’ experience in supporting and educating people of all ages and from all walks of life, in the area of mental illness. She challenges her audiences by saying;
“How can we recover, if you don’t know what we are recovering from?”

Jules can provide a variety of tailored training courses and conference presentations, around anxiety and other mental illnesses, with practical strategies to support the management and the recovery journey of students from young to old.

As owner of the Anxious Bird, and author of her personal story, The Anxious Bird and children’s book, Chirpee’s Choice, Jules offers passionate and creative education around mental illness. As a Principle Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor, she also finds time as President, to run the Art of The Minds Festival, who in 2019 were Semi Finalist in the Regional Development Victorian Leadership and Innovation Awards.

In 2019, she was also made finalist in the Australian Learning Impact Award for Learning Innovation.

Jules is a  sought after conference presenter, with a humorous, engaging delivery, supporting creative, confident conversations in the area of mental health.

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Sharon Witt

Sharon Witt has been an educator in Australian schools for three decades and is a highly sought-after media commentator on issues impacting young people, parenting and educational issues. She writes for a number of publications and is regularly interviewed for print media. Sharon is a best-selling author of 18 books written for young people to help guide them through many of the issues they face in early years, including the best-selling Girlwise and Wiseguys series, Teen Talk, and Starting Secondary School (co-written with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg)

 Sharon is also the founder of the nationwide Resilient Kids Conference, a one-day conference aimed at equipping parents, educators and carers in building resilience in their children and teenagers.

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Brock Bastian

Brock Bastian is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Melbourne. In his search for a new perspective on what makes for the good life, Brock Bastian has studied why promoting happiness may have paradoxical effects and why we need negative and painful experiences in life to build meaning, purpose, resilience, and ultimately greater fulfilment in life. In his book “The Other Side of Happiness” he argues that embracing risk and pain in life is important, not only for our own happiness, for also for the development of our children.

In his research on well-being, he has addressed questions such as why promoting happiness may have a downside, the cultural factors leading to depression, and why valuing our negative and painful experiences in life is a critical pathway to achieving happiness. Brock’s research on behavioural ethics broadly focuses on the various motivations that shape our ethical decision making around important social issues and how people resolve conflicts of interest. This extends to issues such as the treatment of animals and the environment. Broadly, Brock’s research seeks to understand the link between ethical behaviour and personal well-being, and why this link is critical to meaning and fulfilment in life.

Brock completed in his Ph.D. in 2007 and since then has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His work has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, The New Yorker, TIME, New Scientist, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post, among many others. His innovative approach to research has been acknowledged with the Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize, and his contribution to psychology has been recognized by the Australian Psychological Society and Society of Australasian Social Psychologists early career researcher awards. Brock’s research has been supported by over $2 million in research funding.

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