Positive Psychology School Psychologists Association of WA Annual Conference September 2011 Dr Suzy Green Clinical & Coaching Psychologist POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INSTITUTE CPU, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY [email_address]
Welcome back… A year ago: An introduction to Positive Psychology… This morning: Revising and renewing interest! This afternoon: Reflecting on PP for yourself & your school Committing to action!
Where I’m coming from… As a Clinical Psychologist Treatment and prevention of clinical disorders As a Coaching Psychologist Promotion of mental health, mental fitness and psychological well-being As a Scientist-Practitioner Science, Research and practice
About PPI… Our vision: To significantly improve well-being within the global community Our mission: To research, practice and promote the science of optimal human functioning to enhance the well-being of individuals, communities, educational institutions , organisations and governments. Our structure: Individual, Educational, Organisational
Positive Psychology is a strengths-based psychology that works to promote optimal functioning across the full range of human functioning, from disorder and distress to health & fulfilment (Linley & Joseph, 2004)
It is the science of optimal functioning (Gable & Haidt, 2005)
Self Determination Theory is a developmental theory of motivation and personality;
One of the most widely researched theories in psychology;
Identifies reasons why people pursue their goals!
Identifies three psychological needs: autonomy , competence & relatedness ……
SDT Example: 4 Reasons Why You May Pursue your Goals … Autonomous (internally motivated reasons) Intrinsic Identified “ I really enjoy it” “I value it, meaning” ________________________________________________ Controlled (externally motivated reasons) Introjected Extrinsic “ I should do it” “I’ll be penalised, guilt! or receive recognition”
Training & Education for Teachers & Students - YES but we need more!
A Positive Education Working Party committed to creating sustained change
The creation of a Strategic Plan over 3-5 years which is an individualised, multi-initiative strategy across all levels of the school
Pre-program Setting the Framework Appreciative Leadership Summit (share Appreciative Interview data) Appreciative Interviews: Identifying the School’s Positive Core (School Leadership Team) Appreciative Interview Data Analysis Leadership Coaching (external 1-to-1 coaching) Small Group Coaching Programs to support Coaching Workshops (transfer of training & coaching supervision) Teacher as Coach (Workshop - 2.5 days) Student as Coach (Workshop - 2.5 days) Parent as Coach (series of short evening workshops) Professional Development Workshops for all Staff (optional ) Draft Strategic Plan Positive Education Program Positive Education Summit (One-Day - Sydney) Outcome : Improved relationships & school climate Outcome : E nhanced academic & sporting performance Outcome : Optional functioning of staff & students Student Coaching (external 1-to-1 coaching) Positive Education Working Party Creation of a Positive Education Strategy M1 M2 M3 M4 M6 M5 M7 M8 M9 M12