Workshop 8

Date: 17 Jul, 2021
Time: 10:00 (CEST+1, UTC+3, GMT+3)

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Workshop Title: School psychologists: leaders of effective multidisciplinary collaborations to prevent early school leaving of students from disadvantaged backgrounds


Associate Professor Monica Thielking, BA Youth Affairs; PsyD Counselling Psychology, Chair, Psychological Sciences – Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Workshop description:

Children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face multiple barriers to completing school and achieving positive life outcomes. In this workshop Associate Professor Monica Thielking will share research findings on the educational experiences of young people with multiple known risk factors related to disadvantage and trauma and discuss the key ingredients for effective within-school and between-school-professional-agency collaborations to achieve streamlined interventions for students who are at risk of leaving school early. Using a case study approach, Monica will invite participants to reflect on their personal leadership skills and how they may promote and lead effective multidisciplinary collaborations in their school settings to support early intervention and encourage joined-up practices within and between schools and other settings for students at risk of early school leaving.

Learning objectives:

  • To improve knowledge on the educational experiences of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, barriers to successful school completion and need for a multidisciplinary approach to intervention.
  • To gain insight into school psychologists’ professional leadership capabilities and how these can be harnessed to promote a school psychologist led multidisciplinary collaboration model to support at risk students.
  • To build school psychologists’ skills in enhancing drivers and reducing barriers to joined-up practices within and between schools and other settings for students at risk of early school leaving.


Brief Bios: 

Monica is Department Chair, Psychological Sciences at Swinburne University of Technology and conducts research on issues related to the practice of school psychology, specifically the promotion of teacher wellbeing and supporting at-risk students. Monica was the former National Psychologists in Schools Advisor at the Australian Psychological Society (APS), founder of the APS School Psychology Interest Group and past Program Chair of APA Division 52. Monica currently co-chairs the International School Psychology Association Global Networking Forum and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Australian School Psychology. Monica is a registered psychologist and endorsed clinical supervisor and provides clinical supervision for school psychologists and other school professionals.


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