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9.30am - 3.00pm - Log on between 9.15am and 9.30am Victorian Time

Live Streamed Webinar

All Primary and Secondary Teachers & Support Staff

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Booking Conditions

No applications for this program will be accepted after all vacancies have been filled. Unsuccessful applicants will have their monies refunded in full. Cancellation prior to two weeks before the program date (cut-off date) will incur a 15% service charge per applicant. This program will be payable in full for cancellations made on or after the cut-off date or for failure to attend the program. All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to us. In the event of insufficient applications this program will not proceed and registration monies be fully refunded. In the event of this program being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances registration monies only will be refunded as Critical Agendas will not accept liability for the payment of any other associated costs. Critical Agendas reserves the right to vary the advertised programs prior to commencement.

Every Kid’s Mind Matters

Exploring the mental health challenges of our students and how we can respond better.

There are four mental health conditions that all schools need to recognise, understand, manage and build better responses to in our Covid riddled world: Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts & Self-Harm. Each of these has increased in our children by up to 30%. This means that schools must build a growing awareness and better responses as to how we can minimise stress and how to react to students who are fearful, worried, withdrawn or agitated.

This workshop details the “must know” of these four often quite confronting mental illnesses and offers insights as to how to respond in a way that improves student health and encourages teachers to build better relationships.


6.9% of children and young people (aged 4 to 17 years) had suffered from an anxiety disorder in the past 12 months 

This session explores the signs and symptoms of anxiety, identifies the origins of the problem, shows how to manage the manifestations of anxiety in the classroom and  encourages the building of positive relationships with the student.


19.9% of all young people (11 to 17 years) had high or very high levels of psychological distress in the previous 12 months, however for females aged 16 to 17 years and young people with major depressive disorder, this was significantly higher (36.2% and 80.7% respectively).

This part of the workshop delves into how depression differs from anxiety and how it often accounts for many non-engaged and motivation-immune behaviours, identifies the origins of the challenge, shows how to manage the symptoms of depression in the classroom and encourages the building of a more positive classroom engagement experiences.

 Understanding suicidal thoughts and self-harm

One in ten young people aged 12-17 years old self-harm, one in 13 seriously consider a suicide attempt, and one in 40 attempt suicide.

Being confronted by a student’s self-harm and suicide ideation can be extremely challenging for schools.  This final session interrogates the terminology, myths and language used in schools to discuss these issues and lays out a simple response to crisis that all teachers can use


Presented by Critical Agendas

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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Libby Fullard.

Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s

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