The Institute of Positive Education's Insight Series brings some of the leading thinkers in the field of Positive Psychology & Positive Education to Geelong and Melbourne, for guest lectures that are designed to inform and inspire. Over the coming months, we will be continuing these events in an online format, via Zoom Webinar.

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Supporting the Wellbeing of our Vulnerable & Symptomatic Students

Shannon Suldo, Ph.D.

8.00pm Wednesday 11 November (AEDT)

In our fifth Insight Series Online event, Shannon Suldo Ph.D. will explore how students with the best academic, social, and physical health outcomes have both low levels of ill-being and elevated levels of well-being. A complete mental health model fosters all students' mental health, with extra supports for students with diminished well-being or elevated ill-being.

In comparison to the number of evidence-based methods advanced to measure and treat pathology in school mental health services, there is far less guidance on how to systematically monitor and intervene to promote subjective well-being for students whose levels are diminished.

This talk will focus on practical methods of (a) screening student subjective well-being in a manner similar to how schools systematically monitor other health and academic outcomes deemed important, and (b) providing a promising targeted intervention for students identified as appropriate candidates for an extra support that evokes positive emotions about the past, present, and future; increases engagement through using signature strengths; and strengthens relationships.

About Shannon Suldo, Ph.D.

Shannon Suldo, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the School Psychology Program at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2004. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida and continues to provide school-based mental health services to youth in the Tampa area. She has extensive research and clinical experiences in school-based mental health services, including: establishing empirical links between student mental health and academic success; conceptualizing and measuring student mental health in a dual-factor model that considers psychopathology and well-being; evidence-based positive psychology interventions for promoting positive indicators of student well-being; and schoolwide strategies to identify youth with mental health problems.He has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Royal Society of NSW. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

She is Principal Investigator of a large federal grant to evaluate a selective positive psychology intervention to increase middle school students’ subjective well-being. and is the author of Promoting Student Happiness: Positive Psychology Interventions in Schools, a 2016 book within the Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.


Previous guest lecturers have included:

Martin Seligman, Alfie Kohn, Helen Street, Russell Harris, Michelle McQuaid, Maureen Gaffney, Matthew Johnstone, Cris Popp,Tim Cope, Dianne Vella-Broderick, Maria Sirios, Toni Powell, Tony Fernando, Karen Bluth, Tom Brunzell, Michael Steger and Maggie Dent.

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