Processing 2020 and recalibrating for 2021:
practical steps for schools leaders and teams
with Kristen Douglas


9 Dec 2020
4:30pm – 5:45pm AEDT

Webinar Cost

Non Member - $50
ACEL Member - $40

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Team Rate (3+)

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The Australian Council for Educational Leaders presents Kristen Douglas, National Manager and Head of headspace in Schools, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

Built on principles of recovery and reflection this webinar is aimed at providing school leaders with practical strategies for leading through complex events and experiences to:

  • Process experiences and create a healthy helpful narrative going forward
  • Offset stress before the end of the year so you can start 2021 with a new vista
  • Punctuate this experience and recalibrate from a clean space

As we lean into the final stages of 2020 it’s important for teams to undertake some practical steps and processes to help teams punctuate 2020 in a strengths based, positive, and considered way. When school communities have been impacted by an event, be it short term or prolonged, it’s important to go through an articulated and guided stage of processing.

This means processing the experience, processing the impact, processing the disruption, and ensuring we celebrated the gains and achievements.

This allows teams and more importantly individuals to recalibrate, re-energise, re-balance, and refocus on the future.


Kristen Douglas

Kristen Douglas is the National Manager & Head of headspace Schools (the Australian Youth Mental Health Foundation). She is a highly respected and sought after presenter nationally and internationally on the topics of health and wellbeing across all school communities.

Kristen also specialises in Education Executive & School Principal mental health, school staff self-care, and the impact of critical incidents in school communities. headspace is one of the largest mental health platforms and organisations in the OECD. headspace is contributing to a national ground swell of conversations and strategies to ensure that education staff take care of their own mental health and prioritise their wellbeing.

Kristen has significantly contributed to the synergy between education and mental health, combining her experience as an educator and principal, with her passion and experience in education and mental health and wellbeing, from government policy to leading transformational change in education systems and in the mental health sector.

Kristen Douglas, leads a large national multidisciplinary team through headspace working across all Australian Primary and Secondary Schools to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of whole school communities with a focus on school leaders and staff.

In doing this work, Kristen has worked with, and alongside, thousands of Australian school leaders and their communities when they have been impacted by a critical incident or distressing event. This has included death, suicide, homicide, shootings, natural disasters, and large scale events like COVID 19.

The Webinar will include:

•  Online live with Kristen Douglas
•  Q&A time during the session using the Chat Bar
•  ACEL Webinar support team
•  Access to the recording after the Webinar.

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Processing 2020 and recalibrating for 2021:
practical steps for schools leaders and teams

Wednesday 9th Dec 2020

4.30pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
4.00pm [SA]
3.30pm [QLD]
3.00pm [NT]
1.30pm [WA]
6.30pm [New Zealand]

1 Hour 15 mins

This session aims to share practical strategies and tips for school leaders:

  • Exploring evidenced based strategies that can speed up the school community recovery and healing process
  • VUCA leadership principles and responses
  • The importance of communication (frequency and penetration)
  • Focusing on the narrative of processing for teams and small gains
  • Re-establishing safety and belonging quickly in order to focus on learning
  • Reducing and offsetting cumulative harm or your staff and self
  • Leading your team in to the best future