Bounce Back!
Wellbeing and Resilience Program



Bounce Back! Professional Development

We provide training across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America.

The award-winning Bounce Back! program is the world's first Positive Education program. A Foundation to Year 6 program, Bounce Back! provides engaging lessons, uses children’s literature, practical resources and relationship-building teaching strategies to explicitly teach social and emotional learning skills and promote student wellbeing and resilience. A whole school approach contributes to a positive school culture.

This engaging and practical workshop will ensure all participants develop a thorough understanding of the Bounce Back! program and have the confidence to teach it in their classroom and embed it across their school.

It’s explicit and I think that’s what made it so engaging for the students, that it was so succinct and it was something you could pick up and run with
— principal

Workshop Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants should:

  • Understand the psychological principles, pedagogy and research that underpin the program

  • understand how Bounce Back promotes both academic engagement and wellbeing

  • have a strong understanding of the key messages in the 10 curriculum units

  • be able to use Bounce Back! effectively to develop and foster student social and emotional skills and resilience in the classroom and playground.

  • be able to incorporate the recommended quality children’s literature into teaching key wellbeing and resilience concepts.

  • be able to implement, embed and sustain the Bounce Back! program within the classroom and across the school.

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Our Team


Rose Pennington

Head of Professional Development

Rose presents and/or coordinates workshops across Australia, Asia and North America. She is a teacher, education consultant, university lecturer and PhD candidate supporting schools to foster wellbeing and resilience along with academic engagement. Rose's research found that some teachers lacked the confidence to promote wellbeing and resilience in their students. From here, Pennington Education was born; a framework that supports students' academic performance at the same time as their wellbeing and resilience. Rose’s workshops are accredited by NESA in NSW.*


Sue Cahill

Sue has 17 years of experience as the Student Wellbeing Leader at St Charles Borromeo primary school in Templestowe. She is also the Student Wellbeing cluster leader for social-emotional learning in a network of 16 schools with the responsibility of professional learning and sharing good practice between the schools. Her leadership of staff implementation of the Bounce Back program in her school since its inception in 2003 enables her to bring a wealth of practical knowledge about the school and program factors that contribute to the successful implementation of Bounce Back.  She is on the Advisory Board for the National Centre Against Bullying, and is currently a team leader with the Victorian Education Department’s Respectful Relationships program.


Therese Joyce

Therese is the Director of Positive Education at Peninsula Grammar in Melbourne and has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (UK). She completed the Train the Trainer course in Bounce Back in the UK and has run Bounce Back training workshops with schools across Australia. She teaches Bounce Back at her school as well as facilitating her school’s implementation of the program. Therese has presented at many conferences including the IPEN Festival of Positive Education (2016); Positive Education Schools Association (2016; 2017), Australian Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Conference (2014; 2016) Pearson Education Learning & Teacher conference (2015; 2016) and ACHPER (2017). Visit her website here.


Chris Grima-Farrell

Chris is an experienced teacher, special educator, teacher educator and system leader based in Sydney. Her work focuses on assisting teachers merge research and practice to support students with diverse learning needs whilst enhancing their wellbeing and resilience as illustrated in her practical workshops on the Bounce Back program. Chris is the President of the NSW Institute of Educational Research, and Convenor of the Australian Association of Research in Education Teachers’ Work and Lives special interest group. She has been Director of the UNSW Masters of Teaching degree and been awarded an Australian Commonwealth Citation, the Brother John Taylor Fellowship and the NSW Premier’s Teaching award. Chris currently leads the Special Needs Division for a dynamic Schools System. 


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Jan Whitham

Jan Whitham is an experienced educator with expertise in supporting teachers in resilience training, behaviour management and in working with children experiencing social and emotional difficulties. Jan has been implementing Bounce Back for over 16 years since it was first published in 2003. She has used the program with individual students and whole classes as well as supporting teachers and schools to establish Bounce Back! as a whole school approach to social and emotional wellbeing.

Jan has also worked in a team to develop the innovative and ground-breaking sexuality education program in Victoria, Australia that formed the basis of the Victorian Education Department’s Curriculum Sexuality Education program titled Catching on Early.  Jan is a founding member of the William Glasser Institute, New Zealand and continues to use Choice Theory/Reality Therapy in her current work.  As well as training teachers, schools and clusters in the implementation of Bounce Back in NZ, Jan is a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB) and works in Cluster 8 in Auckland.


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Rita Schepens

In her role as Educational Psychologist Rita has trained 100s of teachers and support staff in Bounce Back training in more than 50 schools in the Perth and Kinross district as well as in other parts of Scotland. She was researcher and co-author on 2010 Report ‘‘Can we help children learn coping skills for life? A study of the impact of the Bounceback programme on resilience, connectedness and wellbeing of children and teachers in 16 primary schools in Perth and Kinross, Scotland’.  Rita has a Master in Science in Educational Psychology and over 20 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. Rita can deliver Bounceback! training in Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands & other European countries.


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Sarah Axford

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working as an Educational Psychologist in local authorities in Scotland with a focus on resilience and wellbeing in children. Since 2008 Sarah has delivered Bounceback! training to 100’s of teachers and support staff in more than 50 schools in Perth and Kinross, and in other parts of Scotland. She was researcher and co-author in 2010 Report ‘Can we help children learn coping skills for life? A study of the impact of the Bounceback programme on resilience, connectedness and wellbeing of children and teachers in 16 primary schools in Perth and Kinross, Scotland’.  She has an MA in Psychology and a Master of Applied Science in Educational Psychology and Child Guidance. Sarah can deliver Bounceback! training to schools throughout Scotland and other parts of UK.


Contact Bridget below or visit her website. Alternatively, call +44(0)7740 635756.

Bridget Grenville-Cleave


Bridget is a leading practitioner of Positive Psychology in the UK, having gained a Masters with Distinction from the University of East London in 2007. She is a trained practitioner of the Bounce Back! Well-being and Resilience Programme in UK schools, and a visiting lecturer on the International Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Programme (iMAPP) at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, specialising in Positive Psychology in Practice.

She is author of Positive Psychology: A Toolkit for Happiness, Purpose and Well- Being (2016); co-author of 100 Ways to Happiness: Expert Advice to Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul and 101 Activities for Happiness Workshops (2014);  contributor to Character Strengths Matter (2015) and Resilience: How to Navigate Life’s Curves (2009) and co-editor of Positive Psychology in Sport and Physical Activity. She is passionate about enabling individuals, groups and communities to use Positive Psychology interventions to lead happier, more fulfilling and successful lives.

We provide training across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and North America.

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*Completing Rose’s course will contribute 3 or 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standards 1.1.2, 3.3.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.