Jo Devin, Co - Founder
At Positive Living Skills, we believe that every child has the capacity to reach his or her unique potential.
In today’s world we believe all children must learn proactive and practical ways to look after their own mental wellbeing, starting in Early Childhood, so that when they are ready to transition into High School they have begun to develop long term habits for how to calm themselves when feeling stressed, and they have tools to apply to help them to self-direct their thoughts, feelings and behaviours toward a positive life experience.
Despite rising rates of student, educator and family stress and challenge, Governments are not making preventative pre-planned and evidence based programs like Positive Living Skills free to access by Schools and Teachers.
Our vision is to significantly and positively impact the alarming statistics of anxiety, depression and suicide we are seeing in our communities today, within one generation. To do that we need support. Read our White Paper to find out more.
'Students really engage with the content.... I have very much noticed the language of the program starting to be used by teachers around the School. I am excited to see how much more it develops.'
Jane, Relief Teacher, NSW
Our Core Beliefs
Below are just some of the beliefs and assumptions that underpin the content within the Positive Living Skills programs.
These concepts come from many years of study and application of human behaviour theories and concepts, with the focus on how to live a fulfilled and balanced life of meaning and purpose.
We all have personal resources
Each of us has the ability to ‘write our own story’
We always have some level of choice
Our choice of focus drives our lives
Relaxation is essential in today’s world
Positive imagery is powerful
We are all unique individuals
People assign meaning to events
Our choice of words can shape our lives
Our physiology can support us to influence our emotional state
People are not their behaviours
We are always learning
We believe in social justice for all
The Work Of
Dr. Terry Orlick
Dr Terry Orlick Ph.D, has been recognised as a world-renowned leader in the applied field of mental training for excellence.
Dr Orlick has authored more than 20 highly acclaimed books, and has created innovative programs for children and young people to develop positive mental skills for living.
A former Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Canada and founder of the innovative Journal of Excellence, Dr Orlick holds distinguished service awards from numerous Olympic and education associations and he has given lectures on the pursuit of excellence in virtually every corner of the world.
His most recent book ‘Positive Living Skills’ and the body of research he has published represents significant inspiration for and forms the basis of the concepts within the Positive Living Skills program.
For more information on Dr. Terry Orlick please click here.
On connecting with the Dr Terry Orlick and studying his books, research and findings, we knew that the core concepts and the essential value of this work could be expanded and developed into a practical, prescriptive, preventative and positive initiative that educators could implement in Australian early learning services and primary schools to address the growing concern of mental health in our educational communities and support a positive approach to behaviour management.
In 2014 we embarked on a process of program development, where we partnered with Dr. Orlick and took Terry’s core concepts as they relate to children’s social and emotional development, and combined these with our own expertise in personal and professional development and training. We expanded and tested these concepts through a pilot development process, then had them mapped to the Australian teaching curriculums by Charles Sturt University, and added extensive supportive resources for children educators and families.
We are delighted to see this work researched further and see it reaching children, educators and families to support mental wellbeing in Australia.
‘Living with more quality, joy and harmony is a realistic possibility for every human being’
Dr. Terry Orlick