An update on: Every Moment Counts Workshops - 2020

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Mental Health promotion, prevention and intervention throughout the day:  A one-day conference providing foundation knowledge about ‘Every moment counts’.

HELD IN: Hamilton | Christchurch | Dunedin | Nelson | Auckland


One-day workshops for all those who work with children and youth and seeking to promote participation and mental health throughout the day in natural school contexts have been held between 24 January and 5 February 2020.

The five workshops held across the country, sponsored and organised locally have been fully subscribed with sadly a number of hopeful attendees being turned away. They are the outcome of a collaboration formed between five organisations: Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy, South Island Alliance, Auckland University of Technology, the University of Canterbury and Werry Workforce Whāraurau.

The workshops were delivered by Dr Susan Bazyk, project director of Every Moment Counts. Designed with a public health focus, the workshops were provided throughout New Zealand to bring child wellbeing practitioners from both health and education together.  Susan is in New Zealand on a Fulbright Specialist scholarship and is a Professor Emerita of the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she taught for 34 years.

Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day is a multi-pronged mental health promotion initiative originally funded by the Ohio Department of Education. 

The workshops offered evidence-based mental health promotion strategies and activities for building capacity of the children’s workforce. The key message was that Every Moment Counts…

  • Small moments can make big differences in how children feel and function in school.
  • Enjoyable experiences throughout the day promote feelings of • emotional wellbeing.
  • Everyone can be a mental health promoter.

The workshops have been unique in bringing together educators and health professionals, who work in schools, hospitals, clinic and community settings, promoting a collaborative approach. It has included a range of professionals with vested interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth, such as special and general education teachers, RTLBs, counsellors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teaching support staff, community youth providers, and speech and language therapists.  

Participants learned to apply evidence-based mental health promotion strategies and implement activity-based programmes, with practical examples and innovative strategies for building capacity of the children’s workforce. It was also a chance to build local and national inter-professional networks and to start a conversation about the best ways to work together. 

The collaborative’s next step is to seek funding to develop and maintain a learning culture across the workshop sites through the establishment of a sustainable, national, community of practitioners. The intention is to facilitate effective translation of knowledge into practice through ongoing peer support, and the co-designing of online resources.Learn how to apply evidence-based mental health promotion strategies and implement activity-based programmes: practical examples, innovative strategies for building capacity of the children’s workforce.

Supported by:

AUT, University of Canterbury, Otago Polytechnic, South Island Alliance & Werry Workforce Whāraurau

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