Denise Quinlan

Denise is a director of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience. She has lectured on strengths and positive psychology around the world. As the only trainer from Australia/New Zealand selected to deliver the University of Pennsylvania's ground breaking Penn Resiliency Programme, she has worked alongside Prof. Martin Seligman and Dr. Karen Reivich training educators at leading schools in Australia and the UK (Geelong Grammar School, St Peter's Adelaide and Wellington College). Denise has worked extensively in wellbeing development in state and private education over the past decade in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK.

NZIWR's strengths programmes draw on Denise's validated strengths programme, demonstrated to enhance wellbeing, engagement and relatedness. As an adjunct Professor at the IE University, Madrid she has taught strengths-focused leadership to global business leaders. She has served on Committee for the International Positive Psychology Association and is an NZAPP Executive Committee Member. Her work has been published in international academic journals and edited volumes on positive psychology, wellbeing in education, and restorative practices.

Denise Quinlan

Taking a strength-based approach: what does that mean for my school?

Denise will discuss why embedding a strengths-focus is at the heart of building whole-school. She will review the evidence for working with strengths in schools, and share the varied ways in which educators are using strengths to connect, build relationship, and to empower students in their learning. She will explain why it's more important to have educators who can spot all kinds of strengths in students and each other, than it is to stick to a fixed list of strengths – and why teachers are the engine of a school's strengths focus.

Navigating Wellbeing Change: What? So what? Now what?

Time to reflection and planning next steps. This session will be led by Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan. Other speakers will also be available to assist with your planning time. In response to demand from participants from previous conferences, Dr Lucy Hone and Dr Denise Quinlan will host this last Keynote session of the day. The session has two aims:

1) Lucy and Denise will share key learnings from the research and writing of their new book, The Educators' Guide to Whole-school Wellbeing: A practical guide to getting started, best-practice process and effective implementation (Taylor & Francis, 2020);

2) provide time for attendees to reflect on the conference learnings and make a plan or action for going forward. Many of the Keynote speakers have kindly offered to be on hand to answer questions and offer support during this intentionally allocated planning time.