Abby is a registered Child and Family Psychologist, with experience working with children, adolescents, and families. She has worked with a range of clients focussing on mental health, social health, and behaviour support, within primary health, community, and residential settings. Previous roles have focussed on supporting families of children with disabilities, utilising CBT-based and FACT interventions, and working as a Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP) in a general practice. Abby has worked with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), developmental transitions, eating disorders such as PICA, sleep challenges, and emotion regulation. She worked in disabilities for over 3 years, and has supported families with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Williams Syndrome, Klinefelter Syndrome, and Muscular Dystrophy, amongst others
Student Wellbeing: Workshop on Psychological Safety.
Our tamariki and rangitahi in a school or classroom community are much like members of a team in an organisation, and for the community to thrive, they must feel safe to share their ideas, ask questions, learn from mistakes, and take interpersonal risks. Psychological safety in the school context can be defined as having the belief that you will not be humiliated or teased for the ideas you offer, for asking questions and embracing mistakes. When adopted in the school ethos, students don't worry about how they are perceived by other students, and students know and accept that asking questions and making mistakes is crucial to learning. Research has shown there to be a relationship between psychological safety at school and student well-being. In addition, when the psychological safety of teachers was high, so too was students' well-being - they demonstrated increased levels of self confidence, which in turn led to enhanced student development.