About

Positive Detective (PD+)

Positive Detective is a school wellbeing and positive education program created by Professor Lea Waters (Ph.D) and Lela McGregor (MAPP) to encourage students to seek, acknowledge and spread the wonderful good that exists in their lives everyday. It teaches students how they can take greater control over what they notice, and therefore, how they feel. The program helps combat the negative news spread by the media and our negativity bias by encouraging students to seek and share good news and positive stories in their life. Science tells us that when you spread good news:
•    It makes you happy.
•    It makes other people happy.
•    It creates an uplifting feeling.
•    It inspires other people to do good things too.

Instilling this positive approach through intentional actions is a useful life skill and is beneficial for the wellbeing of students, schools and communities. So, look for the positive moments that are all around you. There is positive evidence everywhere.

The program is now in over 200 schools in 11 countries since it’s launch last August 2016.

OVERARCHING LEARNING GOALS

The Positive Detective program is designed to attain the following learning goals. Students will be able to:

  1. Seek what is good by looking for evidence in their world.
  2. Connect positively with classmates, teachers and their school.
  3. Practice inquiry based learning through discussion and activities.
  4. Conclude whether the good evidence they have found makes them happy.
  5. Recognise and connect their intentional actions to their emotions and mood.
  6. Create a positive connection between school and home.
  7. Articulate and present to the classroom what is good in their world.
  8. See that sharing good news makes friends, family and themselves happy by creating positive emotions.
  9. Develop skills in savouring, gratitude and kindness.
  10. Learn life skills for resilience and happiness.
SUGGESTED IMPLEMENTATION TIME

The Positive Detective program can be implemented at any time of the school year. It could also be ideal for the commencement of the new school year where students may feel anxious or discomfort in facing a new classroom, teacher, classmates or surroundings. The program will assist in building connections and creating positive emotions. The program is made up of 5 x 45 minute lessons, which can be done over one week as an intensive program or over a 5 week period or longer within a school term.

SUGGESTED IMPLEMENTATION TIME

The Positive Detective program can be implemented at any time of the school year. It could also be ideal for the commencement of the new school year where students may feel anxious or discomfort in facing a new classroom, teacher, classmates or surroundings. The program will assist in building connections and creating positive emotions. The program is made up of 5 x 45 minute lessons, which can be done over one week as an intensive program or over a 5 week period or longer within a school term.

POSITIVE DETECTIVE IN ACTION
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OVERVIEW

The leading sources of stress for students today are related to school, home and friends. They may face challenges over grades, homework and examinations; family issues; and peer-related stress. More than ever, we need to help students develop fundamental life-skills for success. Research has shown that emotional well-being is important to keep students engaged and motivated, and to better cope with stress. It not only enables students to recognise and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, and establish positive relationships, but also helps students to build a good foundation to manage current and future challenges.

Positive Detective is a wellbeing program designed to enhance the positive resources of students by asking them to look for good in their environment, relationships and in themselves. By focusing on what is going well rather than what is not, students are intentionally taking responsibility for their mood, happiness and wellbeing. By focusing energy into seeking good in their world students increase their own capacity for happiness and for those around them.

The program builds on experiences of gratitude, savouring and kindness to foster a student’s self-awareness about their ability to seek good in their life. They will also learn that by spreading good news and positive stories they can enhance positive emotions in themselves and in others. This program provides a pathway to enhance positive emotions, facilitate classroom friendships and create an excellent home/school relationship through positive stories and meaningful personal activities.

SUGGESTED IMPLEMENTATION TIME

The Positive Detective program can be implemented at any time of the school year. It could also be ideal for the commencement of the new school year where students may feel anxious or discomfort in facing a new classroom, teacher, classmates or surroundings. The program will assist in building connections and creating positive emotions. The program is made up of 5 x 45 minute lessons, which can be done over one week as an intensive program or over a 5 week period or longer within a school term.

SHARE YOUR POSITIVE DETECTIVE EXPERIENCE

Our passion is to provide this essential learning skill to as many schools as possible. To that end we have priced Positive Detective (PD+) accordingly. We hope you enjoy it and your students, teachers and school community are enriched by it. Please share your experience with us on our “Good Stories” page and if you liked the program consider gifting the program to another school.

Lea Waters (Ph.D)

Professor Lea Waters (PhD) holds the Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology and is the Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Lea holds an Affiliate position with the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge University (U.K) and the Centre for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan (U.S). She is on the Advisory Board for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. Lea is a registered psychologist (AHPRA) and a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has held an academic position at the University of Melbourne for the past 20 years. She was listed in the Financial Times and Westpac Bank 100 Women of Influence (2015).

www.leawaters.com

 

 

Lela McGregor (MAPP)

Lela has extensive experience as a senior communications specialist and creative producer. She has worked across Australia and Asia driving successful positive culture and engagement programs for over 30 organisations. She has worked on numerous student educational programs and workshops across Australia and currently designs wellbeing programs for various sectors, conducts transformational coaching workshops and is a corporate wellbeing strategist.

www.splendourlabs.com