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Insight Conversations

Insight, information and perspectives on mental health and wellbeing issues in the emergency services sector
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There is a name for the Blah you are feeling: It's called languishing.

Wednesday 1 September | 9:30AM

We all know the feeling, but it has been hard to describe when people ask how you are going. It’s not depression it’s just feeling somewhat joyless and aimless as we are locked down, again.

This Insight Conversation will be headlined by Dr Paula Robinson, Consulting Psychologist, Author and Speaker, specialising in Positive Psychology, Wellbeing & Mental Fitness for Individuals, Organisations, Schools & the wider Community. She will be speaking to Professor Corey Keyes workwho coined the feeling as "languishing."

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Meet our Speakers

Dr Paula Robinson is a registered, consulting Psychologist, author, speaker and Founder/CEO of the Positive Psychology Institute and APPLI. Paula specialises in the science, application and integration of traditional Psychology and Positive Psychology. Paula has completed her Bachelor of Science with first class honours and her PhD in Positive Psychology with a mental fitness focus, as well as numerous research studies, book chapters, invited presentations, workshops and strategic positive change programs for government, private organisations, schools and the wider community. Paula has been invited to present at conferences in Australia, Paris, Doha, Singapore, USA, UK and China on her work with schools and organisations. Paula has worked with over 500 schools, training and implementing both large and smaller scale Positive Education initiatives for leaders, teachers, students and parents. Paula has performed numerous expert advisory panel and media roles and lectures for the University of Wollongong, Sydney Business School, Laureate Universities and guest lectures for Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education. Paula published her first book in applied Positive Psychology in Education, titled Practising Positive Education: A Guide to Improve Wellbeing Literacy in Schools which has received exceptional reviews with the first edition being sold out and the 2nd edition now available.

Dr Paula will be joined by Cate Page Executive Director, Clinical Services of Converge International, a company well known to the emergency service sector for the mental health support they provide. With her extensive direct experience in a range of complex settings in the public and private sectors Cate will bring her perspective on how languishing is impacting our workplaces.

Suzanne Leckie, Organisational Wellbeing Manager at CFA will bring to the conversation her insights as on how she has observed languishing at work in an emergency service setting and why it is something we should be aware of across the sector, especially as we enter that time of year when preparedness is front of mind.

For any questions on this event, or regarding Emergency Services Foundation please contact

Siusan MacKenzie at smackenzie@esf.com.au

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