POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY INSTITUTE

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Australia

 

 

Senior Associate



Registered Psychologist 
– Head of Positive Education at Knox Grammar School

 


 

Steve is a Registered Psychologist with 25 years experience in Education and Psychology and is a leading expert on School well-being and Positive Psychology practice. Steve provides educational strategic planning approaches aligned to key organisational objectives and he has worked with many schools in helping develop whole school wellbeing approaches. He consults widely both nationally and internationally in helping schools move to integrated academic and well-being excellence.

Steve has been a School Psychologist since 1994, having worked with the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, St Aloysius College, and currently as the Head of Positive Education at Knox Grammar School. He recently received the Knox Headmaster’s Award for Leadership in 2013.  Steve is also a Founding member of The Australasian Biofeedback Society and International School Psychologists Society.  He is a Qualified Teacher, certified Sports Psychologist and Physical Education Instructor. 

Steve has worked as the Deputy Head of a large Co-Educational School and was also Head of Economics.  He was awarded the Teacher’s Merit Award in 1990 and he has published two textbooks, Economics for Senior Students and Accounting for Senior Students.  He has also been published in The Commerce Teacher and the International Journal of Special Education. Steve has presented Seminars/ Training at Riverview, Ravenswood, St Vincents, Cranbrook and Epping Boys High School on Self-esteem and Well-being . He has also trained schools in Peer Mediation (MLC, Ravenswood, Knox, St Aloysius, Riverview).

Steve has presented at numerous National and International Conferences on Positive Education and Appreciative Inquiry. He has been a keynote at many National conferences and presented in Canada at the First North American Positive Psychology Conference (2012) and at IPPA in LA in 2013.  Steve was the Director of the First Australian Positive Education Conference in 2013 and the Director of the Practising Positive Education Conference in 2015. Steve is a Supervisor Psychologist as well as a Supervisor Coach. He has provided Supervisor coaching to various organisations such as the Helmsman Project and Relationships Australia. He is an Advisor to the UOW Koolobong Village the First Positive Psychology Residence in the World. 

Qualifications 

  • PhD in Psychology
  • Masters of Education
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology & Politics)
  • Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
  • Bachelor of Education (Counselling & Teaching)
  • Certifications in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching (Zurich Institute)
  • Accredited Life Coach (Hartlife Coaching) 
  • Certified Hypnotherapist (Australian Catholic University) 
  • Youth Minister Certification (Catholic Adult Education Centre ) 
  • Accredited User Whole-Brain Testing 
  • Accredited User Learning Styles Analysis 
  • Accredited User True Colours Testing
  • Accredited Trainer VIA Strengths
  • Accredited Trainer Realise 2 Strengths 
  • Accredited Trainer Whole Brain Hermann Testing and Learning Style Analysis 
  • Certifications in Appreciative Inquiry,  Solution Focus Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing .

Memberships 

  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society
  • Member of The College of Education and Developmental Psychologists
  • Member of the Australian Association of Career Counsellors 
  • Member of Positive Education Schools Association



Clinical Work 
  • Intern Psychologist at Mental Health School 1992-1993 (Goodwill Schools- Intellectual Disabilities) 
  • Trainer in Adolescent depression (North Sydney Health) 
  • Trained mediator (NSW Law Society)
  • Trainer in Seasons Program of Grief and Support 
  • Specialised training in Anxiety (University of Macquarie) 
  • Group Coordinator for depression/anxiety/grief at North Shore School Counsellor Alliance 
  • Author of handbooks on student mental health training 
  • Facilitator in Mental first Aid Interviewing
   
   
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