Presentations for school communities

To assist teachers, wellbeing staff and school conference organisers we now offer both in-person and digital presentations. These are available for all presentation topics.

Our in-person presentations offer wisdom, wit, experience and engagement. They provide a traditional face to face opportunity and a large amount of take home value that parents and educators can apply right away.

Our digital presentations enable your school to plan events with added confidence in these unsteady times. This contemporary format is still highly engaging, interactive and enjoyable. Digital presentations aren't subject to travel restrictions, social gathering limits or even the influence of bad weather on attendance. Plus, everyone gets a front row seat!

Our informative, engaging parenting presentations will really get your parenting community talking. Combining the latest research-based information with practical strategies, a Parenting Ideas presentation is a great way to get your school community on the same page.

Parenting in challenging times

How to be the parent kids need in tough times

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP)

The COVID pandemic has presented so many challenges for children and parents. Anxiety, disappointment and confusion are common emotions experienced by many family members right now. Families who are best placed to thrive in these uncertain times are those that use a collaborative leadership style, build strong family rituals and make personal wellbeing a priority.

In this presentation, parents will learn:

  • What kids of all ages need from them in these uncertain times
  • How to manage and minimise anxiety
  • Wellbeing habits that build resilience in parents and young people
  • How to successfully juggle parent, personal and educational priorities
  • The signs that indicate that extra assistance is needed

Parenting anxious kids

How children can turn their anxiety into resilience

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP) or Dr Jodi Richardson (PhD)

Anxiety amongst children and young people is on the rise, yet many parents are unsure how to help. Research informs us that anxiety left unmanaged in childhood will almost always reoccur in adulthood. Fortunately, there’s so much parents can do to help kids children recognise, manage and minimise their anxiety.

In this presentation, parents will learn:

  • The origins of anxiety and why we appear to be in the grip of an epidemic
  • A new evidence-based management approach that’s easy for parents to use with their children
  • Practical tools to teach kids to self-regulate their anxiety
  • A parenting framework to help anxious kids develop resilience
  • How to respond constructively to children’s and teen’s anxious moments
  • When to seek professional help for your child or young person

Becoming confident family leaders

Know how to respond effectively in every parenting situation

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP)

Effective parents know how to alter their style to suit the situation rather than let their moods dictate their parenting. Using two innovative frameworks, this presentation increases personal self-awareness, enhancing parents’ ability to provide positive family leadership. This presentation takes parents beyond merely being child managers to explore strategies to help them become confident family leaders.

In this presentation, parents will learn:

  • The research-based parenting style best suited to raising kids in the 21st Century
  • How to move seamlessly between different parenting styles
  • A framework to help partners work harmoniously with each other
  • How to nuance your communication so that it meets the individual needs of each child in the family
  • Proven strategies to help build a strong, cohesive family unit

Building blocks for raising happier kids

Science-backed strategies for mental health and lasting happiness

Presenter: Dr Jodi Richardson (PhD)

When you ask parents what they want for their kids, by far the most common reply is “I just want them to be happy”. And though this desire goes hand-in-hand with such things as good health, an education and a safe place to call home, happiness is a really difficult area for parents to navigate or seek assistance with. Nobody denies its importance, but how many parents have ever been shown how to model and implement it? What is happiness? Where does it come from? And how do parents help their children build lasting happiness? Discover how in this informative and uplifting presentation.

In this presentation, parents will learn:

  • A new definition of happiness
  • What stands in the way of happiness?
  • Why the science says ‘more stuff” doesn’t make us happier, and what to do instead
  • The skills of happiness – quantifiable, helpful areas of output for parents to nurture in their children
  • Evidence-based strategies to increase happiness
  • How parents can take an active role in improving a child’s happiness, instead of leaving it to chance

Balancing extra-curricular activities

Finding the ‘goldilocks’ zone for family wellbeing

Presenter: Dr Jodi Richardson

For many families, the COVID pandemic saw the pendulum swing from a full weekly calendar of scheduled activities to none at all. Despite the accompanying stress and challenges of COVID, a reprieve from the heavy commitment to extra-curricular activities was a welcome relief for many parents, kids and teens. As life returns to a new kind of normal, families have a rare opportunity to rethink the weekly schedule. In this session parents are shown how to make conscious choices based on what is most important to them and their children at the present point in their lives, but with their future goals in mind.

In this presentation, parents will learn:

  • Why extra-curricular activities are important
  • How to choose and prioritise extra-curricular activities in a sea of options
  • Why it’s less about the magic number (“how much time is right?”) and more about how successfully the chosen activities integrate into daily life
  • The benefits of unstructured play
  • How being too busy is detrimental to mental health and wellbeing
  • How to identify red flags, and work to resolve them, without demonising extra-curricular activities

Want a keynote that really delivers at your next conference? Our keynotes are high in energy, audience interaction and fun. We can also follow up a keynote presentation at your conference with a practical workshop that will take participants deeper into the learnings and ideas presented.

Parenting in challenging times

How to be the parent kids need in tough times

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP)

The COVID pandemic has presented so many challenges for children and parents. Anxiety, disappointment and confusion are common emotions experienced by many family members right now. Families who are best placed to thrive in these uncertain times are those that use a collaborative leadership style, build strong family rituals and make personal wellbeing a priority.

Parenting anxious kids

How children can turn their anxiety into resilience

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP) or Dr Jodi Richardson

Anxiety amongst children and young people is on the rise, yet many parents are unsure how to help. Research informs us that anxiety left unmanaged in childhood will almost always reoccur in adulthood. Fortunately, there’s so much parents can do to help kids children recognise, manage and minimise their anxiety.

Becoming confident family leaders

Know how to respond effectively in every parenting situation

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP)

Effective parents know how to alter their style to suit the situation rather than let their moods dictate their parenting. Using two innovative frameworks, this presentation increases personal self-awareness, enhancing parents’ ability to provide positive family leadership. This presentation takes parents beyond merely being child managers to explore strategies to help them become confident family leaders.

Building blocks for raising happier kids

Science-backed strategies for mental health and lasting happiness

Presenter: Dr Jodi Richardson

When you ask parents what they want for their kids, by far the most common reply is “I just want them to be happy”. And though this desire goes hand-in-hand with such things as good health, an education and a safe place to call home, happiness is a really difficult area for parents to navigate or seek assistance with. Nobody denies its importance, but how many parents have ever been shown how to model and implement it? What is happiness? Where does it come from? And how do parents help their children build lasting happiness? Discover how in this informative and uplifting presentation.

Balancing extra-curricular activities

Finding the ‘goldilocks’ zone for family wellbeing

Presenter: Dr Jodi Richardson

For many families, the COVID pandemic saw the pendulum swing from a full weekly calendar of scheduled activities to none at all. Despite the accompanying stress and challenges of COVID, a reprieve from the heavy commitment to extra-curricular activities was a welcome relief for many parents, kids and teens. As life returns to a new kind of normal, families have a rare opportunity to rethink the weekly schedule. In this session parents are shown how to make conscious choices based on what is most important to them and their children at the present point in their lives, but with their future goals in mind.

Our professional learning sessions are ideal for teachers, school leaders and other professionals. They can be customised for short after school sessions or half day and full day workshop style learning sessions.

Teaching anxious kids

How children can turn their anxiety into resilience

Presenter: Michael Grose (CSP)

Anxiety amongst children and young people is on the rise, impacting on student happiness, wellbeing and learning. Research informs us that anxiety left unmanaged in childhood will almost always reoccur in adulthood. Fortunately, there’s so much teachers can do to help kids better understand and manage their anxiety. This presentation will equip teachers with the practical know how they need to help children turn their anxiety into real, lifelong resilience

In this presentation educators will learn:

  • The origins of anxiety and why we appear to be in the grip of an epidemic
  • Common anxiety triggers that students experience
  • How to easily recognise anxiety in students
  • Practical anxiety-reducing tools that you can seamlessly integrate into the classroom
  • Positive lifestyle factors to promote that minimise anxiety
  • How to respond constructively to children’s and teen’s anxious moments
  • Why it’s essential to be sensitive when communicating with parents of anxious students
Michael Grose (CSP)

Michael Grose has long been recognised as one of Australia’s most accomplished parenting and educational speakers. His achievements include PSA Australian Speaker of the Year winner, Certified Speaking Professional awardee, Professional Speakers Association Hall of Fame member and the first person to conduct a parenting seminar for federal politicians in Parliament House, Canberra.

An experienced media performer and author of twelve books for parents, Michael is equally at home on stage. Michael has spoken to thousands of parents, teachers and professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Dr Jodi Richardson

Dr Jodi Richardson is a mental health and wellbeing expert who is changing the way parents, teachers and schools think about mental health and wellbeing. She’s known for her authentic, warm style and her ability to enlighten and inspire audiences to take meaningful action.

Jodi combines leading-edge science, powerful stories of real people and an entertaining and highly relatable perspective on the human condition, knowing that the better we understand ourselves, the more we can help the young people in our care.