Pre-Conference Events

Dr Justin Coulson Parenting Forum

Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson shares the ten key things every parent needs to know in order to raise their children in positive ways. They are also simple solutions to make parenting easier for you – so you don’t have to keep ‘making it up as you go’. Justin gives simple and effective strategies for the key issues parents face in everyday family life.

Dr Coulson will take you through:

  • What IS working???

  • Looking beyond discipline

  • Bringing the joy into your family

And… discover parent’s ultimate weapon to stopping sibling rivalry.

Dr Coulson will share these practical take home strategies that you can get started on the moment you get home:

  • 5 step process that encourages effective discipline

  • 3 empirically proven strategies to making every day happier for your family

This workshop is best suited for parents and carers of children aged 2 to 12 years and includes a 1.5-hour interactive presentation followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.

Meet Justin Coulson PhD

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker and author. Connection is at the core of what Justin does and he is passionate about helping others to transform their relationships, and their lives, for the better.

Download the flyer here.

Date Thursday, 28 March 2019
Time 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Venue Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 WA
Cost $29.00
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Dr Lou Cozolino Masterclass | Childhood Trauma: Strategies and Interventions

Child Australia is honoured to host Dr Lou Cozolino for this exclusive Masterclass in Perth. Dr Cozolino, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Pepperdine University US has spent years researching and writing in the field of neuroscience and psychotherapy. He has been described as “a master at synthesizing neuroscientific information and demonstrating how it applies to practice.”

With a unique ability for using anecdotal clinical material and stories to unpack complex ideas, Dr Cozolino will take the audience on an exploration of neuroscience and its relationship to the underlying mechanisms of action in the therapeutic process.

Over the 3 hrs, Dr Cozolino will take participants through:

  • How the effects of early stress on brain development may help to better tailor treatments to particular clients who have experienced various forms of trauma.

  • General principles for the optimisation of neuroplasticity and change.

  • This Masterclass will give delegates an additional framework from which to build interventions from existing strategies already used.

“Knowing about neuroscience is invaluable for therapists, not because it offers specific new techniques or clinical theories, but because it provides a deeper understanding of the biological power of the ‘talking cure.’”
– Dr Louis Cozolino

Meet Dr Lou Cozolino

Dr Louis Cozolino is a world-renowned expert in brain development. He has authored 7 books, co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on child abuse, schizophrenia, education, language and cognition. Dr Cozolino has diverse clinical and research interests and holds degrees in philosophy and theology, in addition to his doctoral in clinical psychology. He has conducted empirical research in schizophrenia, child abuse and the long-term impact of stress. Recently, his interests have turned to a synthesis of the biobehavioral sciences and psychotherapy. When Dr Cozolino is not lecturing in various locations around the world, he maintains his clinical and consulting practice in Los Angeles and New York.

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This Masterclass is best suited to Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counsellors, Child Protection, and all practitioners working with children. Includes a 2.5-hour interactive masterclass followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.


Date Thursday, 28 March 2019
Time 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 WA
Cost $199
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Peter Hutton: The Case for Change and the Future of Education – Masterclass

Australia’s academic growth has been stagnant for a decade. Over 40% of students are disengaged and no longer accept that the assignments they complete “will be useful to them one day”. Half of all teachers leave the profession within five years and 25% of first-year university students drop out.

Now let’s journey over the educational horizon. Learn about the concept of multiple futures, emerging futures and how technology, in particular, artificial intelligence, will redefine education.

Discover the latest developments in cutting edge schooling from around the world and what you can do to ‘future proof’ your school or organisation. Don’t be caught on the wrong side of history.

In this Masterclass, Peter Hutton will help us to:

  • Explore the narratives that shape the Western Australian educational experience.

  • Consider the emerging issues that will shape the futures for WA Education.

  • Build Insights about the case for educational change.

  • Create a vision of what an ‘empowered WA learner’ could look like.

  • Open innovation possibilities within each participant’s own context.

Meet Peter Hutton

Peter has been a School Leader in four state and independent schools for 20 years. His strength is transformational insight and HOW to implement change in schools. Additional areas of expertise include change management, student entrepreneurship, alternative tertiary pathways & supporting dyslexic students.

Peter was appointed Principal of Templestowe College (TC) in 2009; a broken school with just 286 local students and 23-year sevens. Today TC has over 1,150 students and was recently recognised as one of the most innovative schools in the world. As a person with dyslexia, Peter sees the world differently and has spent his life challenging assumptions and conventions. Drawing on the latest research and his unique experiences at TC, Peter is committed to significantly improving the lives of young people by transforming the education system to equip students for times of exponential change.

Ted X – Peter Hutton (16min) 200K+ views

Modern Learners Podcast #37 – Revolutionizing Education Through Student Empowerment (23min)

60 Minutes – Can Do Better (14min)

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Suitable for School Leadership Teams, Educators & all interested in the future of Education in WA. This workshop includes a 2.5-hour interactive masterclass followed by a thirty minute Q&A session.

Date Friday, 29 March 2019
Time 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Venue Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 WA
Cost $149
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Dr Justin Coulson: The Practitioners Guide to Wellbeing – Masterclass

The importance of wellbeing, in any profession, is no longer in question. Hundreds of studies emphasise that children need to be psychologically well to learn and thrive. Hundreds more reports reveal the growing incidence and potentially life-shattering impact of mental health issues affecting practitioners that work with children.

In this Masterclass Dr Coulson will take us through:

  • Finding peace in a sea of stress

  • Discover 5 critical strategies to improve wellbeing, that you can implement RIGHT NOW

  • Understand cutting edge research to help lift others who are struggling

  • Learn how to improve your most important relationships

  • 1 key secret for improving EVERY relationship – both personally & professionally

Discover why Dr Coulson went viral (reaching 40 million and counting!)

Meet Justin Coulson PhD

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting, relationships and wellbeing experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker, author and researcher.  He is the founder and owner of Happy Families Education, an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong, and a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute. He is an adviser to organisations including Beyond Blue, the Australian Government’s Raising Children Network, Life Education, The Commonwealth Bank, American Express, the Office of the Children’s E-safety Commissioner, The Federal Government’s Department of Social Services, and hundreds of schools.

In addition, Dr Coulson writes a syndicated nationwide weekly parenting advice column for News Corp papers, appears regularly on The Project, the Today Show, Mornings and Studio 10, and he is the parenting expert at – Australia’s #1 parenting website. Justin works with individuals, families, schools, and organisations to improve relationships, boost motivation and performance, and inspire happiness and wellbeing.

Download the flyer here.

This workshop is best suited to all practitioners working with children and includes a 2.5-hour interactive masterclass followed by a thirty minute Q&A session.


Date Friday, 29 March 2019
Time 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 WA
Cost $149.00
Register Click here to register
Road to Excellence Bus Tour & Liam McNicholas Workshop

WORKSHOP | Documentation & Planning: A practice-based approach to Quality Area 1

Still spending lots of your time trying to navigate programming, documentation and planning? Liam McNicholas will share an approach to Quality Area 1 (Educational Program & Practice) that removes complexity, empowers educators and leaders and focuses on what’s important in assessing children’s learning. This workshop will help you simplify and improve your documentation of young children’s learning.

Road to Excellence Bus Tour Includes:

  • Full-day metro tour by luxury coach to reflect upon the many forms of Early Childhood service delivery.

  • Take an inside look at 3 services from a mix of early to middle childhood settings within a school or stand-alone service.

  • A hands-on workshop with Liam reflecting on the day and removing the complexities of Quality Area 1.

We make it easy with ample parking at our pick-up and drop-off point at Curtin University, with lunch and refreshments provided during the day.

Booking Options

  1. *VALUE PACK: TOUR (with lunch) & WORKSHOP $129
    Thursday, March 28th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

  2. BOOK THE TOUR (with lunch) ONLY $89
    Thursday, March 28th 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (pick up & return Curtin University)

    Thursday, March 28th 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Download the PDF here.

Date Thursday, 28 March 2019
Time 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Venue Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, Perth, 6102 WA

Value Pack: tour (with lunch) & workshop $129.00
Tour (with lunch): $89.00
Workshop: $69.00

Register Click here to register