Prof. Lea Waters

Founding Director and Inaugural Gerry Higgins Chair in Positive Psychology, The Centre for Positive Psychology, The University of Melbourne

    Lea Waters, PhD is a psychologist, researcher, speaker and author. She’s one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations, and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. As a University researcher, Lea turns her science into strength-based strategies to help organizations, educators and parents around the world build resilience in their employees and children, helping them to thrive. Lea is the president of the International Positive Psychology Association, and founding director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Strength Switch. Lea’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and more.



    Keynote   主題演講     (Day 1 / 22.11.2018 / 09:00-12:20 )

    Build a Visible Wellbeing Culture in Your School

    在學校建立Visible Wellbeing™的文化

    In English       以英語進行(設廣東話即時傳譯)


    Student wellbeing has become a focus of international education policy for global organizations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Centre for Educational Research and Innovation reports that more than 70% of OECD countries have wellbeing as an explicit goal of their National Curriculums.

    Schools are challenged to turn this global wellbeing policy into concrete school practice. Professor Lea Waters has spent the past decade around the world consulting with schools implementing wellbeing programs. She discovered that traditional wellbeing programs were not having the desired impact. To address this problem, Professor Waters, a trained psychologist and positive psychology expert, designed Visible Wellbeing™ which combines the science of wellbeing with the science of learning to make wellbeing visible in all classes and across co-curricula. Visible Wellbeing is not a set curriculum; it is a flexible approach which can be applied across any subject matter, and in all contexts – early learning, primary, secondary, and in the staff room. With the Visible Wellbeing approach, academic learning and wellbeing are truly integrated. Visible Wellbeing is the culmination of 20 years of high-impact research in psychology and education conducted and published by Professor Waters. At the core of Visual Wellbeing is the SEARCH framework, developed by Professor Waters from her large-scale bibliometric analysis of over 18,000 journal articles. In this presentation, Professor Waters shares the Visible Wellbeing tool kit of flexible wellbeing practices that go beyond traditional wellbeing programs. She provides techniques that help teachers to use the learning process itself as a delivery mechanism to build student wellbeing. Visible Wellbeing aims to help everyone thrive at school and the training and techniques shared are equally relevant to staff, teaching, non-teaching, and parents as they are to students as a way to build a culture of wellbeing across the entire school. Lea weaves together her science with concrete school best practices to provide the audience with the compelling case for adopting a Visible Wellbeing approach in schools.

    Audience take aways :

    • Knowledge of techniques that help teachers to use the learning process itself as a delivery mechanism to build student wellbeing;
    • Able to help students and staff to more clearly see their own and other’s wellbeing using Visible Wellbeing practices;
    • Understand how to use the SEARCH framework to help students and staff more systematically build wellbeing; and
    • Facilitate learning through the visible wellbeing classroom process.



    學校將這項政策落實到日常工作時,往往面對不同挑戰。Professor Lea Waters過去十年為世界各地學校的健康與幸福工作擔任顧問,發現傳統計劃均未能達到預期效果。為解決這個問題,Professor Waters── 一位心理學家和正向心理學專家 ── 設計了Visible Wellbeing™,結合健康與幸福和學習的科學知識,讓健康與幸福在校內所有課堂之中和跨課程之間清楚可見。Visible Wellbeing並不是一套固定課程,而是一套適用於任何科目和情境的靈活方法,不論是學前教育、小學、中學,還是教員室,同樣適用。Visible Wellbeing是Professor Waters累積二十年來在心理學和教育領域有力研究的成果;其核心的SEARCH框架,研發自她一項超過18,000份期刊文章的大型書目計量研究。採取Visible Wellbeing的進路,能令學生的學術學習和健康與幸福兩者得到真正融合。

    Professor Waters將在這演講中分享Visible Wellbeing的工具如何突破傳統方法,靈活地促進健康與幸福。她亦會提供技巧協助教師利用學習過程本身,建立學生的健康與幸福。Visible Wellbeing旨在協助校內所有人活出豐盛,當中的訓練和技巧能夠建立健康與幸福的學校文化,無論對學生、教職員、非教職員和家長同樣重要。Professor Waters將結合其科學知識與學校的具體措施,與聽眾分享有效的例子,展示如何在學校推展Visible Wellbeing。


      • 了解教師如何將學習過程本身,用作建立學生健康與幸福的傳遞機制;
      • 幫助學生和教職員運用Visible Wellbeing的措施,更清楚地看到自己和他人的健康與幸福;
      • 知道如何運用SEARCH框架,幫助學生和教職員更加有系統地建立健康與幸福;以及
      • 通過Visible Wellbeing課堂活動促進學生學習。



    Workshop A    工作坊 A    (Day 1 / 22.11.2018 / 13:30-16:30 )

    Visible Wellbeing™ : Extending Positive Education Beyond Curriculum and Into Cultural Change

    Visible Wellbeing™:將正向教育從課程延展至文化的轉變

    In English       以英語進行


    Visible Wellbeing is a whole-school approach that embeds positive psychology across all levels: students, teachers, and leaders in order to create the sustained cultural change needed to support wellbeing in all members of the school. Visible Wellbeing is based on the science and peer reviewed publications of Professor Lea Waters and combines the science of wellbeing, the science of teaching and the science of organizational change. In this workshop, Professor Waters will guide participants through the VWB school Audit so they can leave with some clear directions of where to invest in positive change. Professor Waters will showcase examples from Visible Wellbeing schools in Australia and Canada who have successfully adopted this approach to create positive psychology cultural change in addition to positive education class room change.


    Visible Wellbeing是一項針對學生、教師和領導不同層面融入正向心理學的全校模式,目的是在文化上創造可持續的轉變,以協助校內所有成員邁向健康與幸福(wellbeing)。Visible Wellbeing以Professor Lea Waters的研究和學術著作為基礎,並揉合了健康與幸福、教學和組織心理學的科學知識。Professor Waters會在本工作坊帶領參加者進行VWB School Audit,提供清楚方向讓參加者着手啟動正向轉變;亦會展示澳洲和加拿大Visible Wellbeing學校的案例,了解他們如何成功採用這種模式,突破課堂層面為整體學校帶來正向心理學文化的轉變。