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:

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A seminar for parents from Australia's "queen of common sense", parenting author and educator Maggie Dent.

Every parent wants their children to thrive - to grow up happy, healthy, strong, kind and capable of realising their full potential.

Join the Institute of Positive Education for our first Insight Series Event of 2020, where Maggie Dent will explore the 10 keys to parenting that can help children to flourish.

Maggie acknowledges that there is no "perfect" and that challenge, adversity and failure can actually help our kids grow stronger and smarter.

About Maggie Dent:

Commonly known as the “queen of common sense”, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience. Maggie’s experience includes teaching, counselling, and working in palliative care/funeral services and suicide prevention. Maggie is an advocate for the healthy, common-sense raising of children in order to strengthen families and communities. She is a passionate, positive voice for children of all ages.

Now an in-demand writer and speaker, Maggie is a regular contributor to Fairfax’s Essential Kids website and she can often be heard on commercial and ABC radio around the country including Nova 937. She also appears on national TV programs. Maggie is the host of the ABC’s Parental As Anything podcast. She is the author of eleven books, including her bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys, and is a prolific creator of resources for parents, adolescents, teachers, educators and others who are interested in quietly improving their lives.


Sarah Wilson

A seminar on reframing anxiety for parents and educators from Sarah Wilson.

Sarah Wilson is a former journalist and editor, a best-selling author and entrepreneur. She has also lived through high anxiety – including bipolar and OCD – her whole life.

Join the Institute of Positive Education for our Term Two Insight Series event, where Sarah will share her hard-earned wisdom, supported by rigorous research, about how to not only survive with anxiety – but to thrive.

About Sarah Wilson:

Sarah Wilson is a multi-New York Times bestselling and #1 Amazon bestselling author. She’s a former journalist and editor of Cosmopolitan Australia and was the host of MasterChef Australia. She’s the founder of the I Quit Sugar movement and has published 15 sugar-free cookbooks which sell in 131 countries. The latest, Simplicious Flow, is the world’s first zero-waste cookbook.

Her international bestseller first, we make the beast beautiful, reframes anxiety and bipolar disease through a philosophical and spiritual lens and became both a #1 Amazon bestseller and New York Times bestseller. Sarah closed IQuitSugar.com in 2018, with the funds going to her charitable trust assisting those in need. Sarah is a foster carer and vocal anti-consumerist, hiking enthusiast and rides her bike everywhere.


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 and Michael Steger.

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