Award-winning Bounce Back! is the world's first Positive Education program. It consists of practical resources and strategies designed to teach social and emotional learning skills within a school environment, and to support and promote student wellbeing and resilience.

Resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and adversity and even be strengthened by these challenges. It is the ability to bounce back from hardship while retaining a positive mindset and sense of self. Resilience is an important skill to teach, because all young people experience hardships, adversity and challenges.

This engaging and practical workshop will ensure all participants develop a thorough understanding of the Bounce Back! program as well as the tools necessary to use the program effectively and with confidence.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should:

  • have a general understanding of the psychological principles, pedagogy and research that underpin the program.
  • have a strong understanding of the program’s core structure and curriculum units.
  • be able to use Bounce Back! effectively to develop and foster student wellbeing and resilience.
  • be able to incorporate children’s literature into teaching key wellbeing and resilience concepts.
  • be able to implement, embed and sustain the Bounce Back! program within the classroom and across the school.

This workshop addresses the following AITSL Standards:

  • 1.1 Use teaching strategies based on physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students to improve student learning
  • 1.2 Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge
  • 1.3 Design and implement teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • 3.1 Set explicit, challenging and achievable learning goals for all students
  • 3.5 Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement
  • 4.1 Model effective practice and support colleagues to implement inclusive strategies that engage and support all students
  • 4.4 Maintain student safety
  • 6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Meet the presenters

Helen McGrath and Toni Noble are the authors of Bounce Back! and two of the workshop presenters.

Toni Noble

Toni is an educator and educational psychologist with expertise in student wellbeing, positive school communities and positive psychology/positive education.

She is an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) at Australian Catholic University (ACU) and is a co-author, with Helen McGrath, of many practical best selling teacher resource books including the award winning BOUNCE BACK! Program and HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills on student engagement.

Her involvement in major government projects includes the Australian Government’s 2011 Revision of the National Safe Schools Framework, advising and developing resources for the Safe Schools Hub and the Australian Government’s 2008 Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She has an Australian Government Carrick citation for her outstanding contributions to University teaching and is on the Advisory Board of the National Centre Against Bullying.

Helen McGrath

Helen is a counselling psychologist and educator with expertise in mental health,social skills, relationships and effective teaching & learning.

She is an Adjunct Professor at two universities: RMIT University (School of Education), and Deakin University (School of Education) and a psychologist in part-time private practice. She is the author or co-author of 22 books for educators, psychologists and the general community including Difficult Personalities and two award winning programs: BOUNCE BACK! and Friendly Kids Friendly Classrooms. Her newest co-authored book, with Toni Noble, is HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills.

She is a recipient of Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service. Her involvement in major government projects includes the Australian Government’s 2011 Revision of the National Safe Schools Framework, advising and developing resources for the Safe Schools Hub and the Australian Government’s 2008 Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She is on the Advisory Board and executive committee of the National Centre Against Bullying.


Target Audience

This workshop is designed for educators and allied health professionals working with young people in Foundation to Year 6.

This workshop is best suited if you:

  • Have recently started your Bounce Back! journey
  • Are new to a school that is currently using Bounce Back!

Bounce Back! is a Wellbeing and Resilience Program promoting positive mental health and student wellbeing at school.

Created by Helen McGrath and Toni Noble, this is a whole-school program (Foundation to Year 8) providing students with practical strategies and life skills to handle challenges and adversity encountered.

Find out more about Bounce Back!


Please bring your Bounce Back! resource with you to the workshop. If you don't have one yet, please let us know.

If you are not yet familiar with Bounce Back! we recommend watching this short video introduction with Dr. Toni Noble.

Author Dr. Toni Noble presents Bounce Back!

Upcoming dates

Please note: Workshops will not be confirmed to proceed until we reach minimum numbers, so please check with us before you make any travel or accommodation bookings.

There are currently no dates scheduled for this course however it is available to run as a private or custom course.

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