School-Link Resources and Professional Learning Information



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Professional learning

Staying Connected

Workshops for Families and Carers (Free. Registration Essential):

Workshops for Professionals ($77 per person):

Calm Schools Conference

The Calm Schools Conference brings together passionate experts sharing knowledge and practical strategies to support educators to effectively and calmly work with students impacted by trauma and who exhibit emotionally dysregulated or challenging behaviour. The program includes specialized presentations and interactive workshops with content tailored to the needs of educators and school settings.

When: Wednesday 7 August at NEX, King Street, Newcastle

For further information view the Calm Schools Conference flyer.




Responding to adolescent distress

Dr Stephen Spencer presents an evidence-based approach to responding to adolescents experiencing episodes of acute distress. The content of this four-hour workshop is tailored specifically to meet the needs of school staff, and will guide participants through engaging with a young person to develop an individualised support plan for responding to acute distress.

Training dates:

  • Friday 7 June
  • Friday 28 June
  • Friday 9 August
  • Friday 30 August
  • Friday 1 November

To register visit

An Educator's Guide to Child and Adolescent Mental Health

This 90 minute session is designed for staff meetings or as a short professional development session. It will equip school staff with the knowledge to support young people experiencing challenges with their mental health. View the EEY Educators Flyer.

For further details or to make a booking email:




QPR online training

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a short online course designed to help participants recognise and respond to a suicide crisis. It has been shown to increase knowledge about suicide, as well as improve skills and confidence in responding to mental health crisis situations. While QPR may be helpful for mental health professionals, the course is targeted at audiences with no assumed knowledge of mental health or suicide prevention. QPR takes approximately 60 minutes to complete, but can be broken up over multiple sessions. Participants can continue to access the program for 3 years to refresh their skills and knowledge. Residents of Hunter New England Local Health District can access the training for free HERE.