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Its Ok To Cry

Ready to accelerate student engagement in learning, and in life?

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I can't do it.

I'm dumb.

What's the point?

If you are hearing this in the classroom, your students may be struggling with their mental health, and inhibiting their capacity to learn.

It’s normal for all students to feel anxious and depressed from time to time as they grow and navigate life, but if they are stuck in anxiety and depression everyday and your staff are battling disengagement, negative self-talk, challenging behaviour or low attendance, simple evidence-based somatic classroom strategies can support their mental health and open the doorway to their learning potential.

Research shows that blocking out physical sensations related to emotions increases anxiety and depression symptoms.

The latest neuroscience shows why we can't always talk or rationalise our way out of problems, and why every student must learn how to develop interoception, the capacity to feel, from an early age. Since dissociation is common among adults, your staff will learn to develop their own interoceptive skills through experiential practice using the 'MEET. GREET. TREAT.' model so they can teach their students how to find safety with their biggest thoughts, fears and feelings.

It's never been more important to provide explicit instruction to feel safe with intense thoughts and feelings.

Shockingly, suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 25-44 years and the second leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-24 years. Further, people with autism experience pain, including mental and emotional pain, at a higher intensity. Somatic strategies are pivotal to create emotional safety for all students in your school, including those who have sensitivities or are neurodivergent. Your staff will walk away from this comprehensive, contemporary professional learning with direct and highly-practical steps to teach their students to stay healthy, connected and engaged, avoid dissociation and addiction, and accelerate their academic success.


A Hands-On Professional Learning Workshop with Groundbreaking Neuroscience for Staff With Bronte Spicer

If you are dedicated to supporting your students, but see your students with their mental health, this professional learning gives your staff:

An understanding of why students are riddled with anxiety and depression and struggle to focus their attention on their learning. 

Practical interoceptive classroom strategies to help your students grow into resilient, emotionally intelligent and engaged learners in the classroom.

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Ready to expand learning capacity in your school?

What does depression and anxiety look like in the classroom?

Your students with depression and anxiety may be:

Sensitive, lacking confidence and feeling like a failure, saying “I'm dumb”

Overwhelmed and withdrawing from their learning, saying “I can't do it” or not attending school

Lethargic and shutting down, saying “What's the point?”

Hyperactive, agitated, anxious and unable to focus saying 'I can't concentrate'

Disruptive, acting out; and defiant in the classroom

Reluctant to contribute to class discussions and engage in extra-curricular activities

Facing challenges with friendships or feeling shame and jealousy of others

How this professional learning will help you create a positively engaged classroom

In this professional learning, your staff will explore:

The latest neuroscience research and insights on trauma, the brain and the body, and how this affects student engagement and learning

The three parts to a student's experience that inhibits their learning potential

Accompanying learning poster displaying the 'MEET. GREET. TREAT.' model for each classroom to help students regulate their nervous system, manage their negative self talk and feel safe with their intense emotions.

About Bronte Spicer – teacher, author, educational consultant.

After twenty years of lived experience with depression, I found the missing piece to mental health.

My name is Bronte Spicer, I'm a teacher, author of It's Okay to Cry - The Gentle Way to Dissolving Depression and educational consultant for school wellbeing. I teach teachers and parents the science and steps to prevent and ease anxiety, depression and overwhelm in children.

I bring my wisdom and experience from twenty years of lived experience with depression, my professional career as a classroom and special education teacher and further study in advanced mindfulness, trauma and nervous system resilience to this inspiring workshop.

I’m an award-winner writer for Elephant Journal and host to my podcast It's Okay to Cry. To learn more you can find me on social media.

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"This showed me what's really going on under the surface of the students who are struggling with their mental health.

I can see it's essential for students to feel their feelings and with these techniques it's achievable for them."

- Kerrieanne Hocking, Golden Square PS, 2021

"Using these tools is such an easy thing to do. When difficult moments arise it can diffuse situations quickly."

- Gerlinde Hayson, 2022

"Bronte has taught me so many incredibly practical and effective tools that have helped me and my family learn how to process their feelings in a healthy and helpful way. This work should be compulsory reading for all teachers in training and should definitely be a part of the national curriculum."

- Kylie Reavley, Green Hill Public School, 2022

Ready to improve student mental health and engagement?