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Wellbeing in Difficult Times

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Wellbeing seminar series hosted by International School Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College, St Margaret’s School for Girls and Albyn School.

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Aberdeen’s four independent schools are delighted to invite you to a series of free online seminars focused on mental health and wellbeing.

The “Wellbeing in Difficult Times” series is the first of its kind in Aberdeen and will see International School Aberdeen (ISA), Robert Gordon’s College, St Margaret’s School for Girls and Albyn School collectively known as 'Aberdeen Independent Schools' (AIS) as they come together to deliver four online conferences featuring a variety of expert speakers.

Seminar 1, hosted by ISA:

“The ‘Power of Mind’ to Enhance Your Mental & Physical Wellbeing”

Thursday, February 18th at 7.30pm.

Dr Bruce Lawrie, Consultant Psychologist will demonstrate how to focus on managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in life situations. The online seminar will discuss how to develop confidence in our ability to exercise control over our lives, whether at school, home, socially, and at work.

As a charted Psychologist affiliated to the British Psychological Society and an acclaimed Psychotherapist, Dr Lawrie has worked with a wide range of adults, youths, children, and families over the years.

Dr Lawrie, holds a special interest in Performance Psychology and has worked with a number of athletes (from novice to Olympic medallists), coaches and parents across a wide range of sports. Dr Lawrie swam on the Scottish National Senior Squad and still competes in Masters Swimming, where he has won numerous National Championships, and broken two Master World Records.

This webinar can be accessed on Google Meet using the link below:

Seminar 2, hosted by Robert Gordon’s College:

“Impact and Opportunity relating to the COVID-19 pandemic”

Tuesday, March 2nd, 7.30pm - 8.30pm.

Guest speakers Jane Lunnon, Lena Carter and Graham Goulden will lead the seminar.

Jane Lunnon is Headmistress of Alleyn’s School in London. She has had a broad experience of both single-sex and co-educational environments and was appointed Head of Wimbledon High School in 2014. Jane was previously Senior Deputy Head at Wellington College where she spent 12 years as an English teacher, Head of English and Assistant Director of Studies, before moving to Prior’s Field School, as Head of Sixth Form then Deputy Head. She re-joined Wellington in 2010 as Senior Deputy, playing a key role in its Senior Leadership Team, working to increase the profile of girls in the recently co-educational school. Last year, she was named as ‘Best Head of a Public School’ by Tatler.

Lena Carter has been teaching and working in education since 1992. She trained in England and taught Drama and Modern Languages in Cambridgeshire, London and Cumbria before moving to The Outer Hebrides and then Argyll in Scotland. Early in her career, Lena trained in Dramatherapy and Counselling Skills and this training gave her useful insights into the emotional needs of children and young people, as well as nurturing practices.

For 30 years Graham Goulden was a Police Officer in Scotland, with the last eight years spent as a Chief Inspector within the ground-breaking Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. Graham has a keen interest in developing leadership around abuse and violence in society and has worked in Europe and in the US developing this work. He currently works in schools, universities, workplaces, sports teams helping develop personal brand and leadership. He set up Cultivating Minds UK with the intention of creating space for the often missing conversations which seek to build healthy relationships.

Seminar 3, hosted by St Margaret’s School for Girls:

‘Look after your SWANS: Dr T’s 5 Key Areas to Better Resilience.’

Wednesday, March 17th at 6.00pm.

Dr Tharaka Gunarathne, known as ‘Dr T’ is a medical doctor-psychiatrist turned professional speaker, presenter and high-performance life coach and will discuss Resilience & Personal Development, Motivating Teams Remotely, and Memory Training. Dr T is a three-times TEDx speaker, podcaster and has recently been featured on a brand-new reality TV show, soon to air in the UK.

With his unique background, he brings his insights to Business and Lifestyle audiences across the globe in order to help them improve their personal wellbeing, effectiveness, leadership and teamwork, focus and concentration.

Seminar 4, hosted by Albyn School:

“Family Wellbeing”

Tuesday, March 30th at 7.30pm.

Astrid Whyte, CEO of Mental Health Aberdeen will focus on the importance of family wellbeing.

Now by profession a psychotherapist, Astrid started life in Aberdeen as interpreter / translator in the 70s. In her late 20s, Astrid developed an increasing interest in mental health provision in Scotland and decided to retrain to focus on this area of work. Since then, she has worked in various roles at Mental Health Aberdeen as well as supporting the charity as a volunteer.

All schools and speakers look forward to seeing you online!

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