Distinguished psychologist and international expert, researcher and advocate for Positive Education, Professor Lea Waters AM, delivers the 14th annual ACE Richard Selby Smith Oration.
The rising rates of youth mental illness and suicide have become a significant issue facing Australia over the past two decades. Adding to this is the sizeable rise in anxiety and depression experienced by students during the COVID-19 global pandemic. These pressures have resulted in increasing numbers of Australian schools seeking to adopt evidence-based prevention approaches in order to minimise student illbeing and maximise student wellbeing. To this end the science and practice of positive psychology has gained traction in schools. This presentation will provide a brief outline of the field of positive psychology and will dive into its application in schools – a field known as positive education. Professor Waters will share her own research in this field and the development of her visible wellbeing approach.