New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience
Navigating well-being change: Customised, contextualised well-being planning for schools
Schools world-wide are adopting wellbeing as a goal and implementing wellbeing programmes. It is increasingly easy to learn about positive psychology. For many educational leaders, however, creating and implementing their own wellbeing plan remains a challenging process. They must select from a wide range of topics and strategies and identify where modifications for school context are necessary. Although Robinson’s Road Map for schools embarking on wellbeing change provides valuable guidelines, wellbeing planning continues to challenge educational leaders. Dr Quinlan will share a wellbeing planning process and toolkit developed through years of assisting schools to plan and implement wellbeing change. This process supports schools to plan and implement effective wellbeing strategies that: acknowledge and build on existing strengths; earn staff buy-in and engagement; and reflect school culture, values and priorities. This process builds on Robinson’s roadmap for wellbeing change and is consistent with best practice principles for effective wellbeing programmes and initiatives. It provides overall wellbeing change principles and tools consistent with a strengths-focus and appreciative approach. This process has enabled schools to cut through the myriad of possible wellbeing strategies to develop plans that build on strengths, engage staff and reflect school culture and priorities. This wellbeing change model offers a standardized process that gives rise to customized and contextualized plans created and supported by staff.
Dr Lucy Hone is a director of the NZ Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience and a research associate at AUT University. She’s had her work published internationally in several leading academic journals. She is asked to write regularly for the Sunday Star Times and Psychology Today on resilience and wellbeing, and her best-selling book, Resilient Grieving, is now published in NZ, Australia, the US and the UK. Most of her time is taken up supporting schools to build whole-school wellbeing and resilience.