I am a trained teacher and social worker who has, since leaving the Department of Education ( Vic), operated as a facilitator, coach and trainer with over three decades of experience in the public and private sectors. As an educator first and foremost, I have an understanding of pedagogy that has contributed to my extensive experience in developing and delivering bespoke professional learning opportunities to hundreds of individuals on a range of topics.
My most recent qualification in Positive Psychology (I was a foundation graduate of Australia’s first Master Applied Positive Psychology) has steered me into a field that has complimented my work as a Solution Focused Therapist.
As a ‘Positive Deviant’, I am passionate about bringing solid empirical research into areas such as well-being, personal strengths, psychological health and characteristics of positive groups and institutions.
The science of positive psychology, studying human flourishing, contributes these new insights and proven strategies to increase wellbeing in individuals, workplaces and communities.
My experience as a teacher and Social worker enable me to apply the Positive Psychology Interventions into real life scenarios that participants can relate to. I have worked with staff in both the private and public sector to; develop leadership qualities, challenge and develop performance cultures, enhance team functioning and enrich wellbeing.
I have been actively involved in the tertiary sector teaching the Masters of Education (Student Well Being). I have taught in the Masters of Social Work, Masters of Teaching at Melbourne University, and various other courses at Victoria University, Australian Catholic University and Deakin University.
My whole professional career has focussed on wellbeing either as a direct practioner or as an educator in this field. The tools of Positive Psychology add value and currency to the workshops I deliver. My top character strengths Kindness, Bravery, Social Intelligence, Humour and Leadership are maximised in opportunities where I can help others ‘feel good and do well’.