Working to support children, promote social and emotional learning, develop pro-social behaviour, increase social inclusion and develop relational values in education and the wider community.
Sue is an educational psychologist, academic and author specialising in social, emotional and behavioural issues. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney, an Affiliate of the Wellbeing Institute at Cambridge University, and an Honorary Lecturer at University College, London. Sue works with NAPCAN and is a founder member and Director of Wellbeing Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts - an organisation dedicated to positive and principled social change. Sue is lead co-convener (with Associate Professor Gerry Redmond from ARACY) of the Student Wellbeing Action Network. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Educational and Child Psychology.
Sue is Director of the Aboriginal Girls Circle - a program for Indigenous young women run under the auspices of NAPCAN. She is also developing the Growing Great Schools project which addresses whole student - whole school wellbeing.
Read Sue's article in the Guardian Education on the UK Report on Behaviour 15th Feb 2012.
Ali Palmer is based in the Sunshine Coast, Qld. She is a teacher who has been working in the field of Student Wellbeing for many years. She has extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of social emotional learning. Her background in physical education, community education, pastoral care and learning difficulties enables her to make clear links between theory and practice. Ali is currently working as an Education Consultant for Independent Schools Queensland and KidsMatter. She is leading several projects with over 30 regional Queensland schools. Her projects include supporting Indigenous students from remote communities into boarding school settings as well as supporting schools to implement whole school approaches to student and staff wellbeing. Ali is a passionate educator who believes quality teaching and learning is grounded in positive relationships. Ali is a Director of Wellbeing Australia - an organisation committed to the development of caring, inclusive learning communities. Ali is a trained facilitator for the Circle Solutions framework.
The following philosophy underpins the approaches that are used in training, consultancy and research activities undertaken by Sue Roffey Associates.
SRA provides training on many aspects of behaviour, school and student wellbeing, school leadership and related matters, including open-booking courses for the British Psychological Society Learning Centre and for the NSW Association of Independent Schools. For details of forthcoming courses, go to the News & Upcoming Events page on this site.
Circle Solutions aims to promote the social and emotional learning that underpins healthy relationships and foster a sense of belonging and connectedness. The framework is mostly used in classrooms but can be applied with groups at all ages, including school staff. It is particularly helpful in preventing bullying and developing a more supportive ethos. It has its own website, http://www.circlesolutionsnetwork.com/csn/.
"Brilliant - finally someone passionate and motivated who didn't just recite powerpoints ... Sue has made me feel enthusiastic and empowered - and knowledgeable."
"I learnt much as there was an opportunity to listen, think, discuss and share with each other."
"Wonderful Workshop - got so much out of it wish I'd seen more parents here"
"Life changing presentation. Thank you so much for the opportunity"
Changing Behaviour in Schools: Promoting Relationships and Wellbeing and the revised edition of the New Teachers Survival Guide to Behaviour are available from Sage in the UK and Footprint Books in Australia. You can read some reviews of Changing Behaviour here. Positive Relationships: Evidence Based Practice across the World is available from Springer in both hardback and paperback and as a Kindle edition from Amazon. A full list of publications follows:
POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH DR SUE ROFFEY
Relationships are a highly significant part of our world and make a great difference to how we see ourselves and others, our sense of meaning and purpose, our engagement, and the positive feelings we experience. When they work well, relationships help deepen and expand the good times, support us in adversity, and lead to greater efficacy in learning and working environments. Sadly though, many relationships do not go well. Read more.