Positive Schools is excited to be hosting

a FULL DAY PRE CONFERENCE WORKSHOP led by Geelong Grammar Schools Institute of Positive Education Team at all four Positive Schools 2017 events.

This additional pre-conference workshop is open to all Positive Schools delegates who are attending both days of a Positive Schools 2017 conference (Thursday and Friday) and will be held at the main conference venue in each state, on the Wednesday preceding each Positive Schools main event.

Register to attend on the conference registration form when registering to attend Positive Schools OR if you have already registered to attend the full Positive Schools conference, contact us and we can register you to attend this valuable pre-conference opportunity.

Note: additional costs apply - please see the Positive Schools registration page for details.

Values-based Stress Management


In many ways, it’s not particularly surprising that stress levels of teachers and school leaders are amongst the highest of any profession in Australia. With the significant and constant pressures faced by educators – stress, frustration, disappointment, fear, anxiety and sadness are very normal feelings that we will all experience this term and next.

This pre-conference workshop is designed to allow educators, teams or whole-staff to explore and practise a new set of skills emerging from the fields of Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) and Mindfulness. The goal of this course is to help you discover, learn and practise an evidence-based set of skills and techniques specifically designed to help you better manage the inevitable stressors associated with teaching and leading schools, and to think, make decisions and act more in line with your core values.

Participants will take away:


Values-based Stress Management for Teachers led by The Institute of Positive Education

The Institute of Positive Education is a pioneering training and research organisation with the aim of improving student and staff wellbeing. Based at leading Positive Education school, Geelong Grammar School (GGS), the Institute is dedicated to promoting the science of wellbeing in an educational context at GGS, throughout Australia and beyond.

Since the Institute was founded in 2014, its training team of educators and psychologists have worked with over 7500 teachers from 500 schools in Australia alone, and have delivered keynote presentations and training sessions in states across Australia and overseas. In 2016, this included presentations at Positive Schools, the International Positive Education Network (IPEN) conference, and the European Conference in Positive Psychology, and training sessions in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. 

The Positive Schools Values-based Stress Management course, led by the Institute of Positive Education's Associate Director, David Bott, is based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and was first introduced to GGS teaching and non-teaching staff at the staff Positive Education Festival and professional development days in 2016. 

The Institute of Positive Education training team.
Back row: Dr Georgiana Cameron, Justin Robinson

Front:  David Bott, Jessica Taylor, Charlie Scudamore, Jennifer Hanson-Peterson