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Positive psychology in education

An international expert in positive psychology and how strength-based parenting can help reduce stress in children will visit Tasmania.

Professor Lea Waters is globally renowned for her work in positive psychology, and regularly speaks on topics including positive education and strength-based parenting.

She holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne.

As part of her visit to the state, Professor Waters will present the lecture, Positive Education, at the Stanley Burbury Theatre on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.

The lecture will discuss what positive education is and look at the trends, evidence and advancement in this rapidly growing field.

Professor Waters will look at how the field has expanded to include research and applications of positive psychology with school staff, parents and school culture.

The lecture is being presented in partnership with Fairbrother and co-hosted by the University’s Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment.

Professor Waters will also host a parent education session, Strength-Based Parenting, on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre.

During her visit to the state, Professor Waters will also be meeting with members of various school communities.

Professor Waters is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and holds an affiliate position with Cambridge’s Wellbeing Institute (United Kingdom), the Centre for Positive Organisations at the University of Michigan in the United Kingdom and is a visiting scholar at the School of Business at Villanova University, USA.

The Peter Underwood Centre is a partnership between the University of Tasmania, the Tasmanian State Government and Government House, and was launched in February 2015.

Its purpose is to support transformation in Tasmanian education, leading to increased levels of educational attainment and economic and social benefit for the state.

The Centre’s mission is to inspire Tasmanians to embrace learning and prosper from investing their time in education, and provides expert independent and non-partisan research and policy advice focused on raising educational attainment.

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