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BRAIN & Behaviour Workshop 1st June 2021

8:30 ZOOM waiting room
9:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Sheryl Batchelor:
Neuroplasticity in Action
10:30 Jo Turner - Strategies for Executive Functioning
11:00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr Emma Woodward
Why Cultivating Hope Is The Key To Teaching
In An Age Of Global Threats
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DR EMMA WOODWARD (BSc. D.ChEdPsy) The Child Psychology Services

Why Cultivating Hope Is The Key To Teaching In An Age Of Global Threats


We are living in unprecedented times and our children are growing up in a world that is constantly changing. Meeting the wellbeing needs of our young people is paramount to ensure that they can make good choices about themselves, each other, and the planet. In this keynote, touching on covid19, technology, climate change, hope, and community, Emma explores the factors that have supported young people to take hopeful and powerful action in the face of potentially overwhelming information, and then looks at how we might harness this to purposefully embed and teach these factors proactively as interventions to prepare our young people for their future, thrive and make positive change.

Dr Emma Woodward trained as Child, Educational, and Community Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London with a focus on supporting early attachment and building resilience. After moving to NZ in 2014, Emma worked for the Ministry of Education where she ended up as Practice Lead for the Intensive Wraparound Service. Emma is now the Director of Psychological Services at The Child Psychology Service, Clinical Director at The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience, Consultant Child Psychologist & Presenter with School TV and, mum to 4 boys. Emma has a specific interest in how we use the science of Positive Psychology to support today’s children to develop the skills that they need in order to thrive in their tomorrow and is part of a global climate psychology taskforce preparing psychological resources for children and young people. Emma delivers training around NZ and is a sought-after presenter on a range of topics relating to child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing and a regular guest on network television and radio.  Emma now has over 25 years of experience working with children, young people, and their families and has a warm, genuine, and curious approach to her work.

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SHERYL BATCHELOR - Yiliyapinyan Indigenous Corporation (Queensland, AUSTRALIA)

Neuroplasticity in Action:

Improving student cognitive, social and emotional outcomes by improving Brain Health in schools.

Sheryl Batchelor is a proud Kunja woman with over 28 years teaching, training and leadership experience in a variety of educational, community and health settings. She has been involved in projects that have measurably improved the memory, attention, brain speed and social skills of the most vulnerable children, youth and adults with severe learning and behavioural challenges arising from trauma, abuse, neglect, disabilities and other causes including children in foster care and young people in the Youth Justice system. Sheryl is a certified trainer of various neuroplasticity programs and adopts a personalised approach with no one-size-fits-all. She has presented at conferences and workshops in Australia as well as in the USA and UK. She has a keen interest in working with communities to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage through using scientifically validated neuroplasticity programs aimed to improve the brain health of all individuals.


Sheryl is the Founder/Director of Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation.  Yiliyapinya was established in 2019 as a not-for-profit, registered charity to assist vulnerable children, youth, adults, and seniors improve their quality of life. Our unique service offerings are grounded in one purpose – to close the gap in learning and earning outcomes of people who have experienced adverse life circumstances/toxic stress in a culturally responsive and contextualised manner.

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