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 Smout, Speaker and Presenter, running seminars for parents, teenagers and teachers

Kirrilie has 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’s 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

She tells stories about psychological research, and uses her 19 years of counselling experience as a clinical psychologist, to teach young people about how to manage their time, relationships and emotions.

Kirrilie speaks to parents, teachers, health professionals and youth workers to help inspire them 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 her 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 has now trained a number of other Developing Minds psychologists to deliver these programs.

Seminars and Presentations are suitable for:

Student seminar days, school camps, sporting club events, educator's sessions, parent nights, employee professional development, leadership seminars, school dinners, conferences, graduation ceremonies and many other occasions.

The goal of every seminar delivered is to help give the audience specific, practical actions they can immediately take to live their life to the full.

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
Kirrilie’s 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

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

Seminars for Parents, Youth workers, Counsellors and Teachers

For more information about each of these seminar topics please click on: Seminar Topics

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

School/Teenage Seminar Packages Include:

The Facebook Without Fuss program - Seminars for students to help them use Facebook safely and wisely. Includes data collection from students about their own Facebook use and seminars for multiple year levels. For information about this package, please click on: Facebook Without Fuss

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

Life Skills for Teenage Girls - a series of five seminars for teenage girls, plus a parent information night - about dealing with peers, managing conflict, dealing with stress, getting through difficult times and more. For information on this package, please contact us.

The team at Developing Minds are committed to presentations that are interactive, humorous, practical, relevant and interesting. Our experience with youth mean we understand short attention spans and the need for fun, humour and interaction.

We like to think this is reflected in evaluation comments such as:

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


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