TEACHERS from Cannonvale State High School, Proserpine State School and Proserpine State High School gathered to hear a presentation by leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg at Proserpine State High School on Monday.
Dr Carr-Gregg is leading the implementation of Education Queensland's Learning and Wellbeing Framework which states that when children have a strong sense of wellbeing, they experience greater success in learning.
He says the mental health of young people is far worse than it was for their parents due to their exposure to social toxins, unprecedented access to alcohol and use of self-harm as a coping mechanism.
"Positive education is really about resilience and what we have to do as a school to build resilience in young people so that they are transformed and strengthened by adversity rather than destroyed by it," Dr Carr-Gregg said.
"It's good because we have the science behind us which tells us that we can teach kids to challenge the way they think, to recognise thinking errors, manage them and replace them with better ways of thinking."
Dr Carr-Gregg introduced the three blessings technique which teaches kids to use positive, verbal affirmations to train their subconscious to achieve a greater sense of well-being.
Principal of Proserpine State High School Don McDermid said the assembly of all three schools demonstrated the commitment of state schooling in the Whitsunday region towards promoting and acknowledging the importance of student wellbeing in the learning cycle.
Dr Carr-Gregg also spoke with parents and concerned members of the community about 'How to raise happy and resilient children and teenagers' in a separate session on Monday evening.
"Schools have the potential to make magnificent changes in the lives of kids and if they work together with parents we can reverse what is at the moment a pretty grim situation," he said.