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.

Read on to find out more about our 2020 programme of events: 

Stress Less with Matthew Johnstone (ISO)

Bestselling author and illustrator, Matthew Johnstone, will share proven methods to reduce stress, manage anxiety and lift your mood

In the second instalment of our new Insight Series Online, we will engage in conversation with Matthew Johnstone, bestselling author, illustrator, and former Creative Director of the Black Dog Institute.

The significant, global impact of Matthew’s work from his wonderful ability to translate complex issues such as mental health, resilience, stress, change, and mindfulness into striking, hand-drawn illustrations that help tell profound stories of our shared humanity.

With some of his most powerful images as a backdrop to this conversation, Matthew will share his unique perspective on mental health and wellbeing and share proven methods to reduce stress, manage anxiety and lift your mood. 


Hugh Mackay - Insight Series

‘How can I get in touch with this real self, underlying all my surface behaviour? How can I become myself?’ - Carl Rodgers

Join the Institute of Positive Education for our Term 3 Insight Series event, where Hugh Mackay, one of Australia’s most respected social psychologists, will explore the differences between our ‘inner’ and ‘social’ selves, and in the process, take us to the heart of what it means to be human.

Based on his new book, The Inner Self, Hugh Mackay will examine the ways we try to hide from the truth about our essentially loving nature, and describe the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: ‘Who am I, really?’

About Hugh Mackay AO:

Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author of 21 books, including What Makes Us Tick, The Good Life and Australia Reimagined. His latest non-fiction book is The Inner Self, to be published in 2020 concurrently with his eighth novel, The Question of Love.

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.


Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener - Insight Series Banner

A evening seminar from Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, a leading authority on strengths, culture, courage, happiness & positive psychology.

We live in an age in which it is easier to complain than at any time in history. We have more vehicles for complaint, more stuff to complain about, and there are more people to complain to.

Join the Institute of Positive Education for our Term 4 Insight Series presentation, where Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener will unpack the science of complaining. He will discuss why we complain, how we complain, who we complain to, what we complain about, the effects of complaining, as well as offering an effective workaround to address problems with less whinging.
About Dr Robert Biswas-Diener:

Based at Portland State University (USA), Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is a leading authority on strengths, culture, courage, happiness and the application of positive psychology to coaching.

He has published numerous books, scholarly articles and chapters, including g Open: The philosophy and practices that are revolutionizing education and science (2017), the New York Times bestselling The Upside of Your Dark Side (2014), Positive Psychology as Social Change (2010), Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010), and the Prose-Award winning Happiness - Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008), among others.

Robert is a highly sought-after consultant who has presented keynotes and workshops in 27 nations. Among his past clients are the Australian Council for Education Leadership (ACEL), the Vancouver School District (Washington-USA), the Bastow Institute (Australia), and the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School (Florida-USA), among many others. He regularly presents on strengths-based teaching approaches and creating a positive school climate.

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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