Pre-Conference Workshop | 30 July 2018 View Workshop Programme Here
Conference | 31 July - 1 August 2018 View Full Programme Here
The recent focus on bullying in both schools and universities reveals the continuation of an old problem in new forms. At school, online, and in university, bullying is rightfully acknowledged as a serious issue. Equally visible has been the demand from students and parents for a more comprehensive mental wellbeing policy for their school. Already faced with ever-mounting expectations, many Australian educators struggle to achieve significant results in the highly complex task of reducing bullying and improving student mental health. The Student Bullying and Mental Wellbeing conference serves as a forum to help solve these problems. Featuring some of Australia’s foremost experts in this field, this conference will examine bullying and mental health programs that can be practically implemented at your institution.
This event features 15 case studies from primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions, interactive roundtables, and a workshop on integrating bullying and mental health into your broader student wellbeing programs. University hazing, dealing with mental health issues in the classroom, and addressing unique risks to certain demographics will be addressed in depth. Ensure your institution stays ahead of the curb in moving towards a bullying-free, mentally healthy education.
Key learning objectives:
- Gain insight into innovative bullying and wellbeing programs that can be implemented at your school
- Learn key developments in the realm of bullying and student mental health
- Benchmark your bullying and wellbeing frameworks, and gain insight from law enforcement plus advocacy and mental health service providers
- Examine case studies - what has and hasn’t worked for other schools, colleges and universities
- Challenge your understanding of bullying and mental wellbeing programs, and identify targeted areas for improvement
Workshop Overview: Integrating bullying and mental health into your broader student wellbeing programs
Although responsibility for countering school bullying must be shared and involve the entire community through parents, the media, governments and others, the prime responsibility for bullying in school rests with schools themselves. Schools are where the bullying mostly happens and where both proactive and reactive action can make a difference.
Led by author and bullying expert Professor Ken Rigby, this workshop will provide attendees with the tools and knowledge they need to create an effective wellbeing program that includes bullying and mental health issues. Through a variety of lectures, collaborative tasks, and interactive activities, this workshop will emphasise practical methods that can be implemented at your school. Beginning with an in-depth examination of how to understand and identify bullying in schools, Professor Rigby will guide attendees through a variety of strategies that can be implemented in the classroom, as well as methods to encourage effective bystander intervention. Among other topics, the workshop will also touch on how to involve bullies and victims in a cooperative process to end bullying incidents, classroom-based mental health initiatives, and how to incorporate the wider school community as stakeholders in bullying policy.
This workshop is a rare opportunity to have face-to-face access to the knowledge of Professor Rigby, who’s research and experience in schools have been incredibly influential across Australia.