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We know the important role that schools play in the lives of millions of young Australians. We also know how important it is to support and care for the professionals who play that role. That’s why we created ConnectEd School PD

We provide Professional Development for school professionals that is written and presented by school professionals. Our team are passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise so that we can all benefit from learning together. We develop our content with a specific focus on it being practical, engaging and grounded in day-to-day practice.

School Psychologists and Counsellors PD

Tailor-made live and on-demand webinars (plus resources), designed specifically for school psychologists and counsellors. Covering the practical, important and challenging aspects of your role in schools.

Pastoral carers PD

A 6-part webinar series, specially made to support the unique challenges faced by those in pastoral care roles in schools (e.g. year level coordinators, heads of house, deputies and principals).

Group supervision - School Psychologists

We run 3 different groups throughout the year, specifically for school psychologists. These groups focus on the practical challenges of working in schools, and one specifically focuses on assessments in schools.

Mentoring and coaching - Education

We provide mentoring and coaching to school staff, particularly those in pastoral care or leadership roles. We support you to identify areas of your work to celebrate and improve on, with a particular focus on systems, processes and skill-development

School Psychologists and Counsellors PD

Access unique, engaging and useful content that is designed specifically for your role in schools. We have brought together a team of 4 presenters, all highly experienced working in schools and all with their unique style and focus on sharing ways to improve your work in schools. 

Every term you will get – 2 live webinars + 1 live Q&A session + access to on demand recordings

The one-time fee includes the following:

  • Over 8 hours of live webinars (also available then as on demand recordings)
  • 9 hours of on demand recordings
  • Live Q&A sessions every term with Dr Matt O’Connor
  • Supporting resources
  • Regardless of when you sign up – access to all 2024 content (and ongoing access until June, 2025!)

18 PD activities and over 19 hours of content

Tailor-made for school psychologists and counsellors

$450 (+GST)

Need an invoice for your school to pay first? Email us! 

Have 3+ people in your school who want to sign up? It doesn’t matter if that is for the School Psychologist and Counsellor PD or the Pastoral Carers PD – we offer a group discount!

email: admin@connectedcc.com.au

School Psychologists and Counsellors PD - Webinars for 2024

Live webinars

On demand webinars

This 1hr webinar – Effective collaborative meetings for school psychologists and counsellors – focuses on the dynamic and useful role that collaboration in schools plays. This practical session will explore what you can do to build well-run, efficient, and impactful meetings that drive positive change in counselling and pastoral care

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Developing an ideal meeting structure –  tips and ideas for creating meetings that support collaboration and innovation.
  • Navigating collaborative meetings – effective techniques to engage counselling and pastoral care teams for maximum impact.
  • Elevating team efficiency – strategies to streamline your meetings, optimising time and resources.
  • Key formats that generate effective meetings – practice meeting templates, agenda items, attendees, and examples of operational and strategic items – key take aways!

This 1hr webinar – Practical guide to assessments in schoools – explores the practical and realistic approach to conducting assessments in schools. Rather than focusing on the administration and interpretation of specific assessments, this presentation focuses more on the practical reflections and considerations, as well as what happens after an assessment is completed.  

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:  

  • What is considered an assessment? 
  • Administering assessments in session – standalone assessments (e.g. DASS)
  • Who decides? Consideration for referrals, decision-making, assessment selections 
  • Troubleshooting: environmental considerations, limited external information, limited access to standardised assessments,  
  • Report writing: purpose of the assessment and intended audience 
  • Maximising partnerships: families, teachers, support staff, external parties 
  • Recommendations: now what.  

Join Matt for a live, half hour Q&A session. This is your opportunity to ask questions on your mind about your work in schools and to hear ideas from Matt (and your colleagues)

This 1hr webinar – Supporting admin and support staff (in their care of students) – explores the unique experiences of schools administrative and other front-line staff who are often exposed to a range of student mental health, behavioural, social-emotional and learning challenges.

How can we support our support staff to create a shared understanding of our student needs, while also acknowledging roles and boundaries?

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:    

  • Identifying your support staff 
  • Setting boundaries and information sharing  
  • Confidentiality: How to share “enough”  
  • Working collaboratively  
  • Post-incident support: roles and responsibilities 

This 1hr webinar – setting up and utilising a wellbeing space – is part science, part art, and all interesting! There are significant benefits to creating and using a wellbeing space, but a lot of challenges too.

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Assessing (or re-assessing) the pros and cons for you in your school using a wellbeing space
  • How to pitch (or re-pitch) the value of this space to school staff, parents and students
  • Tips and ideas for how to physically structure your space
  • Establishing your processes and procedures (e.g. who can use this space, when and how)
  • Exploring the common problems (e.g. supervision/monitoring, inappropriate use)

Join Matt for a live, half hour Q&A session. This is your opportunity to ask questions on your mind about your work in schools and to hear ideas from Matt (and your colleagues)

In this 1 hour webinar – Resourceful student support: intervention alternatives to traditional sessions – you will explore ideas for supporting students to which you don’t have direct access for traditional one on one sessions.  Despite recent cultural advances reducing stigma around accessing mental health and well-being professionals, we still can be faced with families or students who require support but can not or will not access our services directly.  This can be frustrating for school staff who care about the wellbeing of such students and want to see them succeed to their potential.  So what can we do?  In this webinar Michelle will share some other ways that you can offer for the school to use your skills to support these ‘hard-to-reach’ students.  We will consider:  

  • Using the curriculum 
  • Taking advantage of ‘the space between’ in the classroom timetable 
  • Coaching and guiding teachers in lesson planning and support for delivery 
  • Collaborating with staff 
  • Group, class, or year level options 
  • Confidentiality 

This 1hr webinar – Doing research and applied projects in schools – focuses on just that! We are trained as scientist-practitioners, yet many of us have an aversion to the research process. This doesn’t have to be the case! There is tremendous value that can be added in exploring questions within our context and sharing this with others.

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Why it is cool to be curious (disclaimer: no guarantee that this webinar will actually make you cool) 
  • Breaking bad habits – why it is time to do away with the university model of how research can look
  • How to identify questions or projects that are worth exploring
  • What you need to consider prior to starting (e.g. consent/ethics, research design)
  • Bringing it together and sharing it with others

Join Matt for a live, half hour Q&A session. This is your opportunity to ask questions on your mind about your work in schools and to hear ideas from Matt (and your colleagues)

This 1-hour webinar builds on our Understanding and Defining your Role webinar and provides you with ideas and space to explore your ways of working with your setting’s Learning Enhancement/Support Educational Professionals that suit your context. We want to help you limit double handling, manage others’ expectations of your role, and create a team environment where you can advocate for and work towards meaningful supports and change for your students with everyone on the same page.     

Some of the key ideas covered will include:

  • Tailoring collaborative approaches – reflect on your current model of collaboration and consider the merits and challenges posed by alternative frameworks for your setting. 
  • Goal alignment and role outlining – explore the alignment of your objectives with those of Learning Enhancement/Support Professionals, draft an outline of general tasks or situations requiring your collaboration, and delineate the contribution of each professional in those tasks and situations. 
  • Effective communication – explore various communication methods and tools that facilitate timely and impactful information exchange and collaboration between your role and Learning Enhancement/Support Professionals.  
  • Data-driven decision making – explore the role of each professional in data interpretation to inform your collaborative efforts, enabling you to advocate for your students and support well-informed decisions for student growth. 

This 1hr webinar – parent engagement in school counselling – will focus on enhancing parent engagement within the educational and pastoral framework.

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Effective parent engagement – learn to navigate the delicate balance between education and therapeutic involvement
  • Building bridges with families – strategies to foster open, supportive relationships that empower parents to become pivotal players in their child’s growth.
  • Systems-centric approach – explore the role of family dynamics in a child’s development and how this can impact on therapeutic outcomes.
  • Practical strategies for improving outcomes – gain actionable insights into communication techniques, collaborative goal-setting, and nurturing parent involvement – including case examples, parent-interview templates and samples, and sustainable practice options that support the wellbeing of the child

Join Matt for a live, half hour Q&A session. This is your opportunity to ask questions on your mind about your work in schools and to hear ideas from Matt (and your colleagues)

This 1.5hr webinar – Understanding and defining your role – focuses on the core idea that sits behind most decisions we have to make in our work – what is my role? While every school and every psychologist or counsellor operates differently, there are some universal considerations and reflections we can make that will help provide that clarity and communication (for yourself and others).

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Who cares anyway? Why role definition is important to you and your wellbeing
  • Defining your role – what do you think it is? What do others think it is? And what do you think it should be?
  • What is the best way to do your role (hint: there is no best way – but we’ll cover some good ideas!)
  • Communicating your role to others
  • How do you hold firm on your boundaries?

This 1.5hr webinar – Using data to define and improve your work- will help you think about the questions you might want to answer about your work and how you can use data to help. This is not a class in statistics (excel is all that is needed – I promise!), but is a webinar about how you can tell the story about what you do, how well you do it, your strengths and opportunities for growth. 

Some of the key ideas covered will include:

  • Demystifying data (hint: you don’t have to be good at statistics) – understanding what you can do with it
  • You have to start somewhere – reflecting on what data you have access to and what data you want to get
  • Exploring examples: service use data, service delivery data, student feedback
  • How you can use your data – setting goals/KPI’s, balancing workload, improving your work, demonstrating your value

This 1.5hr webinar – Supporting students at risk of significant self-harm and suicide – provides an overview of caring for students, yourself and others, when there are risk issues. Of all the situations we deal with in school, this area is one that most psychologists and counsellors reflect on as being the most difficult and stressful. This webinar focuses on creating a series of processes that help you standardise what you do, reduce decision fatigue and create a more consistently positive system.

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • The importance of having clear processes that span the continuum and timeline of risk – from initial identification to management/support and (hopefully not ever needed) postvention
  • Synthesising processes and resources to develop a framework for support through each stage (including a template for risk assessment and processes for supporting a student when risk issues are identified)
  • Case example of supporting a student with significant self-harm and suicidality following initial identification of these concerns
  • Looking after yourself and others – why doing the work now will help look after you later

This 1.5hr webinar – Using digital systems (to make your life easier!) – is all about creating more efficiency in your work. Almost all of us are guilty of doing things the same way we’ve always done it, even when we recognise there might be a better way to do it. Effort now = massive benefits later! Don’t believe me? What if you could make your note-taking more efficient and save yourself 2 minutes per note? You do 500 sessions a year – that will save you almost 17hrs!

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • What is the argument for and against modernising your systems?
  • Identifying opportunities to make your work more efficient
  • Using templating, automation and smart systems to reduce your workload
  • Exploring two examples – digital referrals and digital note-taking

This 1.5hr webinar – Presentations and groups at school made easy – focuses on the practical considerations that will make delivering presentations and groups so much easier. This will not cure your fear of public speaking! But it will help give you the confidence to efficiently prepare, write and deliver activities that can be so impactful and well-received by students, parents and staff. 

Some of the key ideas covered in this webinar are:

  • What is the benefit of delivering presentations and groups? Helping you consider the return on investment (and make sure your leadership team get this too!) 
  • Presenting skills – it is not as scary as you think, and you are almost certainly over-preparing!
  • Presenting practicalities – how to write a presentation (quickly) and considerations for organising it so it runs smoothly
  • Group program practical considerations – how to go from considering a group, to running it successfully

This 1.5-hour webinar – Boundaries, burnout and being well – explores the day-to-day barriers to looking after ourselves at work. What is it about how we choose to see ourselves and our work, what do others really expect of us and how do we manage the guilt/imposter syndrome/drive to do more so that we can work in a way that is sustainable and thoughtful? 

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • What really gets in the way of creating a sustainable way of working? Your stuff, their stuff and how the ‘stuffs’ combine
  • How do we determine our “pressure points” and what can we put in place to manage this?
  • Saying no – knowing how to say it, when to say it and not feeling so danged guilty about it!
  • Self-care (but not candles and bubble baths) – working hard now to protect yourself later

Our presenters

Dr Matt O'Connor

Dr Matt O'Connor

Clinical and School Psychologist

Dr Matt O’Connor is a Clinical and School Psychologist, academic, presenter. He is also the Director of Brisbane-based clinic, ConnectEd Counselling and Consultancy, which provides therapeutic services to young people and families, and consultancy services to the education and corporate sectors.

Dr Matt is well-regarded throughout Australia for his unique and engaging presentation style, and his ability to balance practical and grounded discussions, with ‘bigger picture’ concepts. His career as a psychologist has focussed on the delivery of school-based psychological services, with a special focus on systems and processes. His work has included hundreds of presentations to psychologists, schools, parents and students, as well as academic publications and conference presentations. His academic work has been cited over 900 times, and is being translated into 45 languges. 

In addition to this work, Dr Matt is also a sought-after supervisor and consultant, often in the areas of school structures, and supporting psychologists and schools to identify opportunities to improve school pastoral care and wellbeing processes.

Michelle Pullen

Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Michelle Pullen is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist, supervisor, and registered teacher with over a decade of experience working to support the wellbeing and learning of students, staff, and families in schools.  Michelle has provided supervision for both provisional and fully registered psychologists working in schools.  She has also supported Teaching staff and staff on Wellbeing and Pastoral Care teams to tap into their strengths and resources in their roles to problem solve for their students’ holistic needs while managing their energy to avoid compassion fatigue or burnout. 

Michelle has experience and a passion around advocating for and supporting students (and their Teachers) who find the traditional classroom social and academic setting challenging due to life circumstances, mental health or behavioural concerns (Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, ODD, Autism Spectrum, intellectual disability or specific cognitive strengths and weaknesses).  She does this through:

  • Individualised Interventions 
  • Behaviour assessments,  
  • Learning assessments,  
  • Tailored individualised behaviour support plans,  
  • NCCD documentation,  
  • Verification applications and reviews,  
  • Planning and executing whole-school wellbeing initiatives, and  
  • Delivering and promoting education for staff around understanding the behaviours of students with disabilities, learning, or emotional needs; trauma impacts; and research backed strategies for managing relationships with these students and promoting their learning.

Michelle has also worked with school parents and carers groups on a range of topics including behaviour management strategies, supporting children with anxiety, school reluctance, and supporting the transition to Prep. 

Michelle enjoys translating research into practical strategies for teachers and parents and finding (new) ways to use (new) tools in the educational context to support students with learning, behavioural, or emotional needs. 

She currently works out of ConnectEd Counselling and Consultancy, a Brisbane-based clinic which provides assessment and therapeutic services to families and consultancy services to the education and corporate sectors.  To find out more about Michelle please see the consultancy page at ConnectEd or to book in for supervision, consultation, or mentoring go to her Bookings page here.  Reach out to Michelle at ConnectEd to discuss Professional Development or presentation solutions and requests for families, education professionals, or allied health or medical professionals. 

Emily Coote

Emily Coote

Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Emily Coote is an Educational and Developmental Psychologist (and Board-approved Supervisor) with over a decade of experience, primarily within the education sector.

Emily’s professional experience is working across the lifespan, in particular with young people through school-based roles (School Psychologist & Guidance Counsellor), crisis management, intervention and support (Child and Youth Mental Health Services and disability support) along with roles in rural and remote communities (educational, medical and hospital settings). Her expensive work within complex trauma and crisis support has enabled a calm and relational approach when supporting emotion regulation, safety, and help-seeking.  

Emily has a passion and skillset for psycho-educational assessments and provides psycho-educational assessment support, upskilling and report writing assistance. Emily has extensive experience with working with educational systems allowing her to support school teams and provide appropriate recommendations and support regarding learning, vocational, and environmental adjustments. 

Emily is Brisbane-based and offers supervision to a wide array of psychologists across Australia including those pursuing endorsement (Educational & Developmental). Find out more about Emily on our consultancy page or on LinkedIn 

Cassie Neville

School Psychologist

Cassie Neville: Empowering Futures, One Mind at a Time! Registered Psychologist & School Psychology Expert

Meet Cassie Neville, a dynamic force in the world of psychology! With over 17 years of hands-on experience, Cassie is a registered psychologist on a mission to transform lives through insight and empowerment.

A trailblazer in School Psychology & Mental Health, Cassie’s journey began in regional Victoria in 2004, where she embarked on a remarkable career journey. An innovator in School Psychology, she’s dedicated to nurturing the emotional well-being of children, young minds, and their families. With a wealth of experience in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Education, and Private Practice, Cassie is your go-to source for compassionate guidance.

As a Board Approved Supervisor since 2016, Cassie is not only a beacon of wisdom but also a nurturing guide for emerging psychologists. Her expertise extends to both the 4+2 and 5+1 Pathways, where she promotes the next generation of mental health champions.

Off-duty, Cassie thrives in the beautiful embrace of Albury-Wodonga with her partner Steve and two energetic boys. An advocate for holistic health, she conquers new horizons, whether it’s hiking hills or diving into wellness pursuits.

Pastoral Carers PD - 2024

This 6-part webinar series is designed specifically for those in pastoral care roles (year level leaders, heads of house, deputies etc). Each webinar provides practical, grounded and relevant advice on topics that are directly relevant to your role. See more about the topics below

$270 (+GST)

Buy now and get access until June 2025

Need an invoice for your school to pay first? Email us! 

Have 3+ people in your school who want to sign up? It doesn’t matter if that is for the School Psychologist and Counsellor PD or the Pastoral Carers PD – we offer a group discount!

email: admin@connectedcc.com.au

Pastoral Carers PD - Live webinars - 2024

(All webinars are recorded and available to re-watch on demand)

This 1hr webinar – defining your role as a pastoral carer – focuses on the core idea that sits behind most decisions we have to make in our work – what is my role? While every school and every pastoral care leader operates differently, there are some universal considerations and reflections we can make that will help provide that clarity and communication (for yourself and others).

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Who cares anyway? Why role definition is important to you and your wellbeing
  • Defining your role – what do you think it is? What do others think it is? And what do you think it should be?
  • Communicating your role to others
  • How do you hold firm on your boundaries?

In this 1hr webinar – practical counselling skills for pastoral carers – we will look at the applied and useful counselling skills you can make use of in your role. While you are (likely!) not a counsellor, there are certain things that you can do to help navigate some of these tricky pastoral conversations

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • What are the practical counselling skills you can make use of (e.g. emotion coaching, reflective listening)
  • What to be aware of when having significant pastoral conversations with students
  • Identifying your school process for escalating mental health concerns

This 1hr webinar – Supporting students at risk of significant self-harm and suicide – provides an overview of caring for students, yourself and others, when there are risk issues. Of all the situations we deal with in school, this area is one that most pastoral care staff reflect on as being the most difficult and stressful. This webinar focuses on creating a series of processes that help you standardise what you do, reduce decision fatigue and create a more consistently positive system.

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • The importance of having clear processes that span the continuum and timeline of risk – from initial identification to management/support and (hopefully not ever needed) postvention
  • Synthesising processes and resources to develop a framework for support through each stage (including a template for risk assessment and processes for supporting a student when risk issues are identified)
  • Looking after yourself and others – why doing the work now will help look after you later

This 1hr webinar – Using data to understand student wellbeing and developing initiatives to support this – will focus not just on collecting data, but more specifically, what you can do with it. The ability to understand where your students are at in terms of their wellbeing, and then adapt and develop activities in response to this, is often something that many pastoral care staff would like to do but struggle to accomplish

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • Considerations before collecting data – what do you want to know and consider before you ask the questions?
  • How can you actually collect the data and what technology can assist with this
  • Ways to make sense of, and then put into practice, what the data are telling you

This 1hr webinar – utilising digital systems in schools – is all about creating more efficiency in your work. Almost all of us are guilty of doing things the same way we’ve always done it, even when we recognise there might be a better way to do it. Effort now = massive benefits later! 

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • What is the argument for and against modernising your systems?
  • Identifying opportunities to make your work more efficient
  • Using templating, automation and smart systems to reduce your workload

This 1hr webinar – Boundaries, burnout and being well – explores the day-to-day barriers to looking after ourselves at work. What is it about how we choose to see ourselves and our work, what do others really expect of us and how do we manage the guilt/imposter syndrome/drive to do more so that we can work in a way that is sustainable and thoughtful? 

Some of the key ideas that will be covered include:

  • What really gets in the way of creating a sustainable way of working? Your stuff, their stuff and how the ‘stuffs’ combine
  • How do we determine our “pressure points” and what can we put in place to manage this?
  • Saying no – knowing how to say it, when to say it and not feeling so danged guilty about it!
  • Self-care (but not candles and bubble baths) – working hard now to protect yourself later

Your presenter

Dr Matt O'Connor

Dr Matt O'Connor

Clinical and School Psychologist

Dr Matt O’Connor is a Clinical and School Psychologist, academic and presenter, with over a decade of experience in the education sector. He is also the Director of Brisbane-based clinic, ConnectEd Counselling and Consultancy, which provides therapeutic services to young people and families, and consultancy services to the education and corporate sectors.

Dr Matt is well-regarded throughout Australia for his unique and engaging presentation style, and his ability to balance practical and grounded discussions, with ‘bigger picture’ concepts. His career as a psychologist has focussed on the delivery of school-based psychological services, with a special focus on systems and processes. His work has included hundreds of presentations to psychologists, schools, parents and students, as well as academic publications and conference presentations. His academic work has been cited over 900 times, and is being translated into 45 languges. 

In addition to this work, Dr Matt is also a sought-after supervisor and consultant, often in the areas of school structures, and supporting psychologists, pastoral care staff and schools to identify opportunities to improve school pastoral care and wellbeing processes.

Group supervision - 2024 is full!

Our 2024 groups are underway! Interested in joining us in 2025? Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch toward the end of the year as we start to confirm registrations

As well as our PD series above, we also provide group supervision for school psychologists. In 2024, we’re going to be running 4 groups!

Group 1 – Primary school – systems, processes, practical issues and therapeutic work (Dr Matt O’Connor)

Focussing on systems, processes and practical aspects of your school role (as well as general topics e.g. student concerns)

Group 2 – High School/Secondary – systems, processes and practical issues and therapeutic work (Dr Matt O’Connor) ***Due to popular demand – we have opened up another high school group, with additional times***

Focussing on systems, processes and practical aspects of your school role (as well as general topics e.g. student concerns)

Group 3 – Assessments in schools (Michelle Pullen and Emily Coote)

Assessments in schools, including practical aspects of completing a range of assessments, score interpretation, report writing and case discussions

 Who is it for?
  • School psychologists
  • Those completing registrar program for Clinical endorsement (Dr Matt O’Connor can provide this) or Educational and Developmental endorsement (Michelle Pullen and Emily Coote can provide this). Note – we can only sign on as a secondary supervisors
How will it work?
  • It will run 2 times per term for 1 hour per session, through the year (starting from Term 1, 2024)  – dates and times below
  • All sessions will be online
  • You sign up for the year (to keep it fair in terms of numbers and consistency)
  • There will be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 people
  • Each session will be a negotiated balance between topics raised by supervisees for discussion and topics of shared interest 
How much will it cost?
  • $80 (+GST) per session – 2 sessions x 4 terms =$640 (+GST) starting in Term 1, 2024

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