Authentic Wellbeing and the role of Positive Psychology in schools

This workshop 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.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


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.

This workshop 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.

Target audience
Educational psychologists, teachers and school leaders.

Learning outcomes and objectives

Participants will:

  • 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 AFBPsS

Sue Roffey taught students with behavioural difficulty before becoming an Educational psychologist in London and then an academic in Sydney. She has published widely and is gaining an international reputation for her work in positive psychology. Her edited volume Positive Relationships: Evidence based practice around the world was published in paperback by Springer early in 2013.

Sue was involved in the Australian Federal Government scoping studies on student and school wellbeing and social and emotional learning and is the convenor of Wellbeing Australia. She works with the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) empowering young people to take positive action in their communities. 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


Early-bird rates will be available until midnight on Sunday 13 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £78 (£65 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £54 (£45 + VAT)

from 14 January 2013:

  • Non-Society members: £138 (£115 + VAT)
  • Society members: £104 (£86.67 + VAT)
  • DECP members: £90 (£75 +VAT)
  • Concessions: £62.50 (£52.08 + VAT)

Persons eligible for concessionary rates are student members of the Society, graduate members registered under Rule 15.ii (studying in the UK and not subject to income tax), Rule 21 (retired) 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 at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Mon, 21/10/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Educational and Child Psychology & BPS Learning Centre