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Contextual Wellbeing


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Helen is an honorary Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia. Since gaining her PhD in applied social psychology in 1998 in the UK, Helen has conducted research, presented at conferences and in schools around the world, and has written four books, several book chapters and more than 100 articles and academic papers. Her first book Standing Without Shoes was co-written with George Burns in 2003 and includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 2009, Helen founded the Positive Schools Initiative (PSI) with Neil Porter. The Positive Schools Initiative supports solution focused, evidence-based ideas and strategies to improve youth mental health and wellbeing. The PSI features the highly acclaimed Positive Schools Conferences which are held across Australia and SE Asia each year. The Positive Schools conferences have become known as world premier mental health and wellbeing events for teachers and have resulted in significant development in school-based wellbeing practices at an international level. Helen presents regularly at Positive Schools in addition to creating and chairing every event with Neil. Helen and Neil also established and edit The Positive Times, a free online magazine for teachers which features articles and presentation notes from Positive Schools presenters. In addition, Helen is a consultant with the West Australian Health Department and the West Australian Association of Mental Health, and appears regularly on TV and radio. As a powerful advocate for the creation of positive school communities, she is particularly interested in the development of positive school contexts in which young people can develop intrinsic motivation, self-determination and life-long wellbeing. Helen believes that students will flourish when, and only when, they feel connected to a healthy school context. Her work has been adopted by schools in Europe, Asia and Australia. @drhelenstreet


What the Experts are Saying about Contextual Wellbeing 'In Contextual Wellbeing Dr. Street envisions healthy schools in which children not only learn well, but also live well ... This is a highly needed and humanizing message for anyone who cares about education, or about children's wellness.' Professor Richard M. Ryan, Australian Catholic University & University of Rochester' Contextual Wellbeing could well be the book that starts a revolution in the way we think about schools - I cannot recommend this more highly.'Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child & Adolescent Psychologist' This book provides an indispensable guide to creating healthier and more effective schools.' Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist & Family Therapist'... [a] thought-provoking and profoundly relevant book ...'Charlie Scudamore, Vice Principal, Geelong Grammar School'Contextual Wellbeing is a wake-up call to those who suggest that our students should work harder and longer for higher and higher test scores.'Professor Pasi Sahlberg, Former Finnish Director General of Education; Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW Sydney '... When the ephemeral mists of Mindset, Grit, and Resilience programs fade away, Contextual Wellbeing will remain standing strong and unshaken.'Dr Jared Cooney Horvath, The University of Melbourne 'At last someone is reaching into what really matters.'John Hendry, OAM'Dr Street's work has influenced me both personally and professionally ... foundational reading for anyone interested in Positive Education. 'Justin Robinson, Director, Institute of Positive Education, Geelong Grammar School'Helen has delivered the book on wellbeing in education that had to be written ....'Dr Sue Roffey, Exeter University & Western Sydney University; Director Growing Great Schools Worldwide'... This is an excellent, thought-provoking read for all those passionate about education today.'Maggie Dent, educator & resilience specialist '... Compulsory reading for anyone interested in education transformation in the 21st century ...'Dr Paula Robinson, Managing Director - Positive Psychology Institute'Dr. Street proposes multiple strategies for humanizing education ... Bravo!'Professor Michael E. Bernard, University of Melbourne & California State University; Founder, You Can Do It! Education'... If we really want to create a better world, rather than a better moment for ourselves, we need to understand and build Contextual Wellbeing. 'Neil Porter, Co-founder & chair, Positive Schools Initiative, 2018'... Dr Helen Street's warmth, humour and intelligence permeate every page.'Tracey Spicer, AM

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