Seminars and Training for Schools, Students, Parents and Professionals 

Please note, on this page you will see a number of testimonials about our seminar and speaking programs from audience members.  Please keep in mind that these comments refer to our education and seminar services only, not our psychological counselling services.  If you have any questions - please let us know!

Kirrilie and the presenting team at Developing Minds have been teaching and sharing stories in schools, workplaces and community settings for over 15 years, and to over 40,000 young people, teachers, parents and health professionals in this time.

 Kirrilie Smout, Speaker and Presenter, running seminars for parents, teenagers and teachers
These seminars were brilliant. They were fun and interactive, and insightful. She also helped me learn new ways to study and this has helped me to improve my grades.
— Student, St. Columba College

They tell stories about psychological research, and use their many years of counselling experience as clinical psychologists, to teach young people about how to manage their time, relationships and emotions, and to support parents, teachers, health professionals and youth workers to care for and work with children and young people even more effectively.

Your seminars have been incredible...really inspiring and useful
— Sarah Bettany Project Officer, YMCA

Kirrilie has been interviewed about the Develoing Minds seminars and work with young people in many media channels (Mornings on Channel 9, ABC news, Behind the News by ABC, radio 5AA , Today Tonight, Madison Magazine, Channel Nine and Seven News, the Advertiser, the Messenger, SA kids and other independent publications).  

Kirrilie: your content is insightful, relevant and practical. Your presentation is clear, engaging and warm. You’re awesome!
— Paul Hodgson, Co-ordinator Christian Pastoral Workers in South Australia

Seminars and Presentations are suitable for:

  • Year level assemblies
  • Student seminar days
  • Student "lunch time" sessions
  • School camps/orientation days
  • Educator's sessions and professional development workshops
  • Parent/caregiver seminars ("school drop off seminars and "parent nights") nights
  • Parent/teacher interview evenings

The goal of every seminar delivered is to help give the audience specific, practical actions they can immediately use in their daily routines.  We are keen to make sure our seminars are not "just" theoretical, and not just "inspirational" - but actually make a difference - even if it's in just a small way - to our audience's every day life.

These seminars were brilliant.They were fun and interactive, and insightful. She also helped me learn new ways to study and this has helped me to improve my grades
— Student, St. Columba College

Specific seminar topics include:

Seminars For Teens

  • Getting It Together - helping senior school students get organised and motivated, manage the temptations of technology, manage time and think ahead.
  • Active Learning - helping senior school students understand principles of learning and memory,  how to revise for tests and exams, and learn actively rather than passively
  • Managing stress and tough times - helping students manage stress, conflict and struggle throughout adolescence and young adulthood, and increase resilience and coping strategies

Seminars are usually presented for entire year levels, but can be conducted for smaller groups.  All of the above seminars run for 40-60 minutes.

Kirrilie presented to our students, staff, and parents with relevant and engaging information for each group. Kirrilie speaks with excellent up-to-date facts and suggested practical ways to support and improve teenager’s wellbeing
— Andrew Monk, Well Being Co-ordinator, Scotch College
I just wanted to touch base and thank you again for your presentation this morning, it was fantastic! The feedback I have had from staff and students has been extremely positive and I am sure it will be very beneficial towards the students achieving as best possible result as the year progresses.
— Patrick Harmer, Nazareth College

Seminars for Parents and Caregivers

For parents and caregivers of adolescents:

  • Calm and Confident Teens: helping adolescents manage stress, difficult times and to increase their confidence, motivation and well being.
  • Smart Gaming and Social Networking - helping parents and carers know how to deal with the cyber world of social networking, gaming
  • The Mysterious world of Teens - helping parents understand and communicate more effectively with the teens of today
  • Supporting Teens through Secondary School - helping parents know how to support teens at school, how to help them maximise their grades, minimise conflict and stress and keep relationships positive at home

For parents and caregivers of primary aged children

  • Calm and Confident Kids - helping parents to know how to support children aged 5-12 when they are worried, scared, stressed and sad, and how to increase their coping and resiliency skills.
  • Calm and Co-operative Kids - helping parents to know how to support children aged 5-12 when they are frustrated, struggle to follow instructions, have a strong sense of independence, and to increase coping and resiliency skills
  • Helping children through the Emotional Challenges of Primary School - helping parents and caregivers to know the challenges for children aged 5 to 12 in managing school, peer relationships, challenges related to learning and becoming independent.

Parent/caregiver seminars usually run for 60-90 minutes as "stand alone" events, but shortened versions can also be conducted if the presentation is part of an existing school evening. 

The parents and staff of our schools found the ‘Mad, Sad and Stressed Teens’ seminar to be very beneficial and insightful. The information was easy to understand, coupled with practical strategies which helped parents to feel more equipped in helping their families. I would highly recommend the seminars from Developing Minds Psychology as a fantastic resource.
— Holly Taylor, Chaplain, Braeview Primary School and Happy Valley Primary School

Seminars for Professionals (Teachers, Youth workers, Counsellors and Teachers)

  • Adolescent Mental Health and Well-being - helping professionals understand issues related to adolescent mental health, and to be aware of practical strategies to use to support young people dealing with anxiety, trauma and difficult life events
  • Young people and the digital world - helping professionals to understand the complexities of children and adolescents use of digital world, including gaming, social networking, smart phone use, internet usage and more.  
  • Child Mental Health and Well Being - helping professionals understand issues related to child mental health, and to be aware of practical strategies to use to support young people dealing with anxiety, trauma and difficult life events
  • Q and A - pick your own topic and have a "Q and A" with Kirrilie about any aspect of child or adolescent development or mental health (either on a panel or own her own).

Professional Learning seminars usually run for 60-90 minutes as "stand alone" events, but shortened versions can also be conducted if the presentation is part of an existing school event.

Kirrilie was able to connect with every student in the room. She could relate with us and she helped me feel that I was normal. She has given me good ways to not get distracted.
— St. Columba College

You might also be interested in:

Brain Training for Teens - a series of three seminars on motivation, revision and stress for year 11 and/or year 12 students, as well as a "Helping Teens Through Senior School" parent information night on how to maximise grades, enjoyment, motivation and safety during senior school.  For information about this package, please click on: Brain Training for Teens

 

You can relate to us! Plus you made it fun, and made me laugh
— Year 12 Student
The best thing was being involved and not just some big lecture
— Year 9 Student
Well researched, very relevant, practical – start earlier and talk for longer!
— Parent of Year 12 Student
Kirrilie gives wonderful advice (in her seminars) to help young people succeed in their life and provides evidence from current research to inform her recommendations. (From them) I have gained so much insight as a teacher and as a parent
— Teacher, Eyensbury College

Guarantee

We do not invoice for our seminars until after the seminar has been conducted.  If you believe we have not connected with our audience, nor provided high quality content - then please simply call us after the seminar to say you were not 100% satisfied - and we will NOT invoice you.  We are absolutely committed to providing excellent and extremely useful sessions, and therefore offer this guarantee without reservation.


To Book a Seminar...

Call Kirrilie on (08) 8357 1711 or email her directly at kirriliesmout@developingminds.net.au