Student Bullying & Mental Wellbeing Agenda

08:30

08:50

A HOLISTIC, WHOLE-CHILD, WHOLE-SCHOOL, WHOLE-COMMUNITY APPROACH 

09:00

  • 'Friends Listen'  wellbeing initiative to strengthen male identity and societal construct around depression and anxiety 
  • Incorporating technology and parental assistance to support suicide prevention initiatives  
  • Pastoral framework that enables a relationship between school, students and families to take positive steps forward 

09:30

  • Behavioural approaches to tech use and mediation
  • The impact of social media in developmental years
  • Examining technologies place in mental health for youth

10:00

  • Creating an environment which allows members of the community to be thriving people and capable learners 
  • Capably utilising survey tools and digital resources to enhance student and staff wellbeing 
  • Building a strong connected community through engagement 

10:30

ADDRESSING BULLYING AT ITS ROOTS

11:00

  • An overarching framework within which bullying can be best understood and addressed
  • Practical implications for policy development, preventive action and case intervention

11:30

  • Examining evidence for what is, and what is not effective in reducing bullying
  • How schools can manage parental reports that their child has been bullied 

DEVELOPING RESILIENCE AND PRIORITISING WELLBEING TO COMBAT BULLYING

12:00

  • Reinforcing positive social behaviour skills from a holistic lens: an experiential and sports-led approach
  • Long term multi-year strategies that focus on social and emotional learning to improve behaviour and school engagement 
  • Community impact beyond the school gate

12:30

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AND TRAUMA INFORMED CARE 

01:20

  • How to ensure inclusion, positive relationships and social and emotional learning are integral part of your school 
  • Noticing, enquiring about and supporting students with emerging mental health difficulties 
  • Utilising Be You to support student and staff wellbeing 

01:50

RT1:  Unpacking the ABC’s of LGBTIQ+ inclusion
Olivia Noto, Project Worker, WayOut Wodonga

RT2: Working with parents who report their child is bullied at ‘your school’
Dr Karyn Healy, Researcher, The University of Queensland 

RT3: Creating an inclusive culture for students with disabilities
Joanne Arciuli, Leader of the Children, Families and Disability Stream, Centre for Disability Research and Policy

02:30

02:50

  • School satisfaction an important component of wellbeing and quality of life for adolescents 
  • Self reported school satisfaction is lowest among girls with disabilities 
  • Examining potential ways to improve school satisfaction

STRENGTHENING STUDENT AND TEACHER WELLBEING

03:20

  • Supporting students upon enrolment, during their time at the school and at times of transition
  • Building empathy, inclusivity and resilience 
  • Responding appropriately: sensitively and respectfully taking into account diverse family cultural background

03:50

  • Equipping students for success in a future workplace where content is no longer king
  • Redressing the outcomes of social disadvantage 
  • The path toward confident capable citizens 

EMPOWERING THE LGBTIQA+, AT RISK STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WITH DISBILITY

04:15

  • LGBTQI: Building resilience and prioritising good mental health in this group of young people 
  • Overcoming bias, minimising homophobic bullying through peer-group support and ensuring inclusivity
  • Overcoming the challenge of lack of knowledge, resources and skills to capably support LGBTIQ+ youth 

04:40

  • The power of language and impact of discrimination on mental health 
  • Supporting LGBTIQA+ students, teachers and other staff 
  • Becoming a supportive and inclusive institution and ally 

05:05

05:10

INTEGRATING BULLYING & MENTAL HEALTH INTO YOUR BROADER STUDENT WELLBEING PROGRAMS

 
This interactive workshop emphasises practical methods you can implement - providing the tools and knowledge you need to create an effective wellbeing program that includes bullying and mental health issues.

Professor Rigby will guide you through a variety of strategies that can be implemented in the classroom, as well as methods to encourage effective bystander intervention.
The workshop will touch on applying classroom-based mental health initiatives, ways to incorporate the wider school community as stakeholders in bullying policy, and how you can involve bullies and victims in a cooperative process to end bullying incidents. 

Key Themes:

  • The nature of bullying in schools and how it can be identified
  • Addressing school bullying from a mental health perspective
  • Providing support for students involved in bullying at school to restore relationships and improve social connectedness
  • Developing an effective whole community approach

Your Workshop Facilitator:

 
 
Ken Rigby, Adjunct Professor, University of South Australia
 
Come face-to-face and access the knowledge of Professor Rigby, whose research and experience in schools has been incredibly influential across Australia. As a former teacher and psychologist, Ken has conducted research and provided workshops for teachers and parents. In addition, he periodically serves as a consultant for government bodies, and is a regular point of contact for the media in issues related to bullying and education. A prolific author, Ken has produced books, DVDs and podcasts on bullying designed to assist teachers and parents, and since 1990 has contributed over 100 peer-reviewed publications addressing different aspects of the study. 

"Ken is highly knowledgeable & clearly conducted enormous amounts of research into student bullying"


 

Workshop Agenda:

 
08.30 Registration and welcome coffee/tea  
 
09.00 The nature of bullying in schools  
  • Identifying and defining bullying 
  • The relationship of bullying to student well-being 
  • Strengths and limitations of students. How schools can help through the promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) 
 
10.30 Morning Tea  
 
11.00 Appraising and applying selected strategies and programs 
  • Evaluating and implementing SEL type programs 
  • Engaging students as collaborators in tackling bullying. Possible strategies and procedures. 
  • Methods of intervention in cases of bullying: the use of sanctions, strengthening the potential victim, restorative practice and the Support Group Method  
12.30 Lunch  
 
1.30 Further action in addressing cases of school bullying 
  • The Method of Shared Concern in practice. 
  • Selecting appropriate methods of intervention 
  • Parental engagement in finding solutions 
3.00 Afternoon Tea
 
3.30 Planning and policy 
  • Developing a school plan to address bullying and related issues 
  • The school anti-bullying policy: development, content, implementation and evaluation 
  • Further issues arising and workshop evaluation 
 
5.00 Close of workshop  

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