Menzies Weekly Seminar - “Skills for Life: Resilience, social-emotional learning and prevention in Indigenous middle schools”

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Presenter:  Professor Gary Robinson

Date: Mar 26, 2019

Time: 12:00pm to 12:30pm

Contact person:  Paul Dale, senior communications officer
T: (08) 8946 8658

Location:  Auditorium | John Mathews Building (Bldg 58), Royal Darwin Hospital Campus

Abstract: The Skills for Life (SFL) program is a preventative Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum designed for Aboriginal students in middle school. It is part of the suicide prevention research program at the Centre for Child Development and Education (CCDE) funded by the NHMRC.

SFL has been developed, revised and adapted in close collaboration with educators and community elders from four remote top end colleges. It has been specifically developed with regard for the literacy levels, social-emotional understandings and, most importantly, the adversities faced by youth from remote and very remote communities. It aims to build understanding of the strengths they can use to cope with challenges in their lives.

There has been an increasing investment by the education sector in SEL and wellbeing programs, but the evidence for preventive effect is equivocal. What has SFL taught us so far about youth resilience and the possibility of curriculum-based prevention?

Biography: Gary is the Director of our Centre for Child Development and Education. Read more on our website.

Next Tuesday Seminar on April 2: Professor Louise Maple-Brown - A lifecourse approach to improving diabetes-related health outcomes with Aboriginal people and communities.

  • The Menzies seminars are free of charge and open to the general public
  • The presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions.
  • Information about the roster for presentations can be obtained from the communications team on 8946 8658 or
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