Be You Virtual Conference 2022
Empowerment: Keys to Mentally Healthy Communities
Supporting learning communities to be confident, hopeful and resilient.
The Be You Virtual Conference 2022 (held 8 and 9 June) helped educators grow their understanding of the links between empowerment, resilience and mental health and how to create empowering learning environments. The conference also provided practical strategies to empower learning communities in everyday learning experiences.
Check out these keynote presentations, case studies and panel sessions to find out more ways your learning community can promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people through empowerment.
You can access individual session video recordings, transcripts and related resources through the links below.
The future of mental health in education
The Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Chair of Beyond Blue, explains the education system changes Be You is advocating for to better support children, young people and educator wellbeing.
Day 1: Exploring empowerment and resilience
Unpacking ‘empowerment’ and growing a shared definition
Explore the relationship between empowerment and resilience with a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Exploring empowerment across learning communities
Join headspace Schools Clinical Lead Ebony Gill and a panel of educators as they explore what empowerment means to them in their education setting.
Unpacking the ‘power’ in empowerment
Take a critical look at the distribution of power in early learning services and schools, and explore some of the theories and approaches that underpin genuine, inclusive empowerment.
Building educator wellbeing through mentally healthy learning communities
Discover how learning communities can support educator wellbeing.
Empowerment is a partnership: Connecting and engaging with families and communities to build capacity
Connect and engage with families and communities to support children and young people to be confident, hopeful and resilient.
Day 2: Creating empowering learning environments
Transitions as empowerment opportunities
See how transitions in education settings provide both opportunities and challenges for empowering children and young people, educators and families.
Children’s rights as a protective factor for mental health drives everything we do
Engage in reflections and practical examples on how embedding children’s rights into philosophy, policies and pedagogical practice supports children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Mental health and inclusion: Creating safety through language
Discover practical strategies for schools that encourage safe discussions about mental health across the learning community.
Practical strategies to grow empowering organisations and systems
Explore a range of practical strategies to support early learning leaders to develop and continually improve an empowered organisational culture.
Inclusive environments empower everyone: A whole learning community approach
Explore how inclusive environments empower children and educators.
Explore how learning communities empower through cultural connections
Gain practical strategies to engage with and support cultural diversity in school settings.
Empowering young people in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and resilience
Learn how some learning communities have integrated the empowerment of children and young people into disaster preparedness and response to foster recovery and resilience.
Planning for Empowerment: A look to the future with Be You
Reflect on the insights, learnings and knowledge shared during the two-day Virtual Conference. Together with Be You, look to the future with a plan for empowering your learning community.