Authentic Wellbeing and the role of Positive Psychology in Schools

This course explores the research on positive psychology and the parameters of authentic wellbeing. These are summarised by the acronym PERMA - Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement. Participants will be looking at how schools and education systems can enable both pupils and staff to flourish and how each person can be an agent for change for wellbeing in their own setting.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee

10:00 Workshop starts

12:30-13:00 Lunch

16:00 Workshop ends


This course challenges the myths about what makes us ‘happy’ and explores how people are enabled to flourish in their lives.  It summarises positive psychology approaches and research especially in education, questioning the more traditional ‘deficit’ models. This includes strengths and solution focused approaches, the generation of positive emotions and how positive communications make a difference to the development of social capital. Participants are given activities that enable them to reflect on how this information might be applicable in their own lives and how they might make a difference in their own setting.

This course is suitable for educational psychologists, teachers and school leaders.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Be introduced to the concept of authentic wellbeing
  • Understand the factors that contribute to this
  • Explore the rationale for promoting universal wellbeing
  • Look at how positive psychology approaches are impacting on education around the world
  • Define ways in which they might promote wellbeing in their own setting.

Facilitator: Dr Sue Roffey CPsychol 

Sue Roffey taught students with behavioural difficulty before becoming an educational psychologist in London and then an academic in Sydney.  She has researched and written extensively on issues related to behaviour in school, the quality of relationships across the school system and the importance of connectedness for resilience. Sue worked in school counsellor training for several years and was involved in the Australian Federal Government scoping studies on student and school wellbeing and social and emotional learning. She is in demand internationally for professional development and consultancy. Sue’s aim in training is that participants are affirmed in their current good practice, learn something new, are entertained and engaged and have the opportunity to share with others.

Booking information


  • Concessions: £45 + VAT
  • DECP members: £65 + VAT
  • Society members: £90 + VAT 
  • Society non-members: £115 + VAT

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii, Rule 21 members, and members who are unemployed. For evidence of unemployment, we will require a copy of your job seekers allowance book.

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Tue, 22/05/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Educational and Child Psychology