Teaching Well - Supportive schools for a well staff - Christchurch

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276 Antigua Street

Christchurch, Canterbury 8011

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In recent years there has been a signifcant increase in school teaching staff and senior leadership reporting fatigue, psychological distress, burnout, depression and trauma as well as an alarming increase in suicide. While the primary focus of most schools has been on the mental health issues and wellbeing of the student body, it is timely that greater attention is paid to not only the welfare of staff but also their wellbeing.

Workplace wellbeing has become the new buzzword and there is now a plethora of workplace wellbeing programmes being offered. However what is meant by workplace wellbeing in many of these programmes is not often clearly defined with the majority of the programmes having a “stress /mental illness” focus rather than wellbeing. While giving individual staff resources to cope more effectively with the stressful or distressing aspects of their jobs or providing an employee assistance programme can be part of a staff wellbeing initiative, it is only one small part at the remedial end of such an initiative. There is also little evidence around the efficacy of many workplace wellbeing programmes.

This practical workshop provides the opportunity to learn about:

  • what is meant by wellbeing and its role in addressing stress and mental distress in staff

  • the difference between a welfare and a wellbeing approach

  • staff wellbeing as an industrial relations / conditons of employment issue

  • resilience, coping, thriving? - desired wellbeing outcomes

  • the interface between personal and professional stressors and distressors

  • the impact on staff wellbeing from exposure to trauma and poor mental wellbeing within the student body

  • workplace and parental bullying

  • primary and secondary trauma, vicarious trauma

  • the difference between stress, fatigue, burnout and depression in the workplace

  • the key determinants that facilitate wellbeing in the teaching environment

  • what does and what doesn’t contribute to a supportive environment where staff thrive

  • the key components that should be in a staff wellbeing programme

  • designing, implementing and evaluating a staff wellbeing programme

Schools are encouraged to send more than one staff member to the workshop as there are workshop activities that focus on applying the key points of the workshop to the participants’ school context Past workshops has shown that having more than one staff member has maximised the benefit of the workshop activities which can then been continued post-workshop. Representatives from Boards of Trustees would also benefit from attending this workshop.

Who should attend:

  • Senior leadership team members (especially those with responsibility of staff wellbeing)

  • OHS representatives or union delegates

  • Heads of Departments

  • Boards of Trustees representatives

  • School Counsellors / EAP providers

This workshop can also be delivered in-house, school clusters, or organisations such as prinicpal assocations or unions. Post workshop consulting services such as mentoring the development of or reviewing a staff wellbeing plan can also be provided.

Feedback from other participants

“I have learnt more about risk assessment in this workshop than I have learnt from all the suicide prevention workshops I have attended combined” - Psychotherapist

“Appreciated how you constantly drew upon the participants’ experience. Will leave thinking / reflecting on my current practice” - School Counsellor

“Gave me new insights into something I do everyday” - Mental Health Clinician

“A must attend for counsellors. A rich experience” - Counsellor

"I feel much better equipped to provide support and supervision to my team members" - Mental Health NGO Team Leader

"I feel more reassured that our staff have both the knowledge and the competence to undertake a high quality assessment that is person-centred and appropriate for the numerous cultural communities that we work with." - Manager


Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborative partnerships to prevent or respond to suicide.

A pioneer in suicide risk assessment training in this country, Barry's insights are informed by a comprehensive and critical understanding of the research and latest thinking in both the national and international suicide prevention sector. Drawing also on his 30 years of engaging, assessing and supporting suicidal people from different cultures, age groups and genders he offers practice and time proven approaches to undertaking an effective assessment. As a health sociologist Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving phenomenon of suicide in the New Zealand context and the critical social and cultural determinant that have influenced it, insights that very few others trainers or training programs in this country could provide. The workshop is enriched by the learnings from Barry's own lived experience of suicidality and his pathway to recovery.

In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

After a number of years overseas, Barry has returned to New Zealand both passionate and enthused to make a contribution to effective and evidence-based suicide prevention activity.


Minimum Number of Participants: 10 Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Payment: Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.

Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At the payment method part of the registration process click on Change and select Pay By Invoice

Terms for Payment By Invoice

Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

2. Please IGNORE the invoice from Eventbrite. A NZ tax compliant Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.

3. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the outstanding debt.

4. The responsibility for ensuring payment is made rests with each named individual on the account, despite whether a company, firm or business name also appears on the account. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure their employer or company pay on their behalf if such an arrangement exists in their workplace or business.

This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate in the registration process if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the registration closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietary requirements may not be able to be catered.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $30 + GST admin fee
Cancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:
No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.
No show on the day of workshop: No refund

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee. Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation.


The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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