This fully updated second edition is a practical guide for parents, teachers and other professionals to create cultures of resilience and wellbeing in schools, homes and health care settings. Students will build lifelong competencies to improve their emotional regulation, empathy, persistence, problem solving, mindset, optimism, gratitude, kindness and values; improving their psychological readiness to bounce back from life’s ups and downs.

Alongside new lesson plans that are even easier to follow and specific guidance on how to meet criteria on social emotional learning frameworks, the lively and engaging resources in this book include:

  • Practical, photocopiable guide sheets and worksheets, also available as eResources via www.positivemindsaustralia.com.au
  • Adaptable role plays and activities
  • Solid research-based strategies
  • A flexible framework that can be creatively implemented in classrooms, homes and health care settings
  • Parent tips at the end of each chapter

This is a must-have handbook for anyone seeking to provide young people in their care with a strong foundation for life long social, emotional and learning outcomes.

chapter |12 pages


chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Gratitude, optimism and perspective

chapter Chapter 2|22 pages

Character, values and integrity

chapter Chapter 3|23 pages

Empathy and a sense of belonging

chapter Chapter 4|19 pages

Problem solving

chapter Chapter 5|28 pages

Managing emotions

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Learning through mistakes, using a growth mindset

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Persistence, motivation and self-efficacy

chapter Chapter 8|23 pages

Goal setting