Jocelyne Chirnside

Travels from: Queensland


Passionate about reducing conflict and increasing resilience

Categories: Education Speakers

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Conflict is an everyday part of life.  It is often unpleasant, and when poorly resolved can be harmful and lead to bullying, violence or mental health issues.  How conflict affects children largely depends on how they respond to it.  Few of us have been equipped in how to handle conflict well; school communities that don’t, can become toxic and stressful and have reduced academic success.  Jocelyne Chirnside uses a four step CARE method to help transform schools and their communities into thriving, respectful, resilient and successful environments.

Jocelyne is an author, researcher, speaker, consultant, teacher and parent of three.  She is passionate about seeing children succeed in the most important areas in life – they’re ability to successfully negotiate life socially and emotionally.  With 30 years of teaching experience, the last 18 consulting and training in Social and Emotional learning in over 80 schools, she knows the best way to do this is through education and the collaborative efforts of teachers and parents.

Jocelyne founded ‘EMPOWERING Life Skills’ in 2014 and is the creator of the BRIDGE BUILDERS program. She works in schools providing diagnostic and strategic frameworks to support them in reducing disruptive behaviours and increasing students social and emotional well being. This helps to create safe, positive, creative and more successful school communities.

Jocelyne takes her programs into metropolitan and rural state, private and Catholic schools to see each child equipped in how to be resilient and able to resolve day to day conflicts. The evidence of her work is visible in transformed harmonious schools, improved academic results and happier families. Jocelyne uses qualitative and quantitative data to support her practice, which provides a universal approach to teaching understanding, skills and a whole school language.

Her programs provide an educative, proactive approach to teaching appropriate behaviours and creating frameworks that support a consistent, whole school commitment. Her programs have been written into many school strategic behavioural, anti-bullying and leadership policies.

Jocelyne is a frequent speaker in conferences and whole school / town community meetings and regularly acts in an advisory role to school principals. She lives for the ‘light bulb’ moments in children and adults, when they realise they can be empowered to make a difference. She is the author of “Empowered for Life - Strategies to equip children to deal with every day conflict and bullying”,  a resource for parents, carers and educators.

Jocelyne is passionate in talking about:

  • the difference between conflict and bullying
  • how to empower children to be resilient
  • practical and easy-to-use skills to resolve conflict
  • how to create positive, productive school and home environments
Jocelyne Chirnside - Education Speakers

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