Children need resilience to respond to challenges, take risks, be physically and mentally well and thrive as they grow into teenagers and adults.
In the past, life experience was all you needed to become resilient. However, for many children this is no longer enough. The world is becoming increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, mental illness in young Australians is on the rise and many of the broader constructs that helped build resilience in the past, such as extended families and entire communities raising children, no longer exist.
It is not possible to measure resilience in young children so we risk not knowing if they are resilient or not until it is too late. Leaving it to life experience also builds unconscious competence, which can make it difficult for children to identify what skills they need to draw upon when facing challenges.
We know what resilience looks like in children now and can therefore provide skills and coping strategies - why not teach and practice these in the same way we would a musical instrument before an exam or a sport before a big game?
Susie Mogg, founder
Susie has a passion for helping children strengthen their resilience so they can recover quickly from everyday challenges and adapt well to change. She wants to future proof children so they can all become strong members of society who thrive no matter what life throws at them.
Susie strongly believes there are underlying capabilities that can be strengthened. To this end, she has developed a program that will develop these capabilities through face to face workshops for children, face to face and online 1-1 and small group coaching for children and their parents/carers and face to face and online educational events for parent/carers.
Susie believes there are many ways to build resilience and as such has developed a broad program that is made up of fun, engaging and developmental sessions that are practical and evidence based. Given the primary role that parents/carers play in nurturing strong and resilient children the program includes options for involving and engaging parents/carers.
Susie has a background in Human Resources, having worked in external consulting and internal HR roles in large corporates for the past 20 years. Recently, Susie has specialised in talent and leadership, helping leaders achieve their potential through the delivery of large scale talent programs as well as one-on-one coaching and development and group facilitation. Susie has 2 primary school aged children of her own and as such has a very personal interest in this critical area of child development.
natalie mackenzie, resilience coach
Natalie has always believed in the power of storytelling. Having obtained her Masters degree in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University in London, UK, Natalie is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. She loves how role-play, stories and drama have the power to foster creativity, imagination, learning, insight and personal growth.
A registered dramatherapist with ANZATA (Australia and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) and the British Association of Dramatherapists in the UK, Natalie has over 10 years' experience working with children who have experienced emotional trauma. She has worked in a therapeutic centre for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, grief and loss and is facilitating group programs for children whose parents are in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Natalie provides individual and group dramatherapy programs to support children’s mental health. Exploring anxiety, emotional regulation and social skills, her creative approach supports children and young people in dealing with life’s serious stuff.
Natalie wants to help kids experiencing big emotions use creativity and their imagination to express what can often be difficult to express in words alone. Natalie is passionate about empowering children and their families to cope with life's challenges in a creative way.
liz taverner, resilience coach
Liz is passionate about helping children to thrive by teaching them the skills they need to discover and connect with themselves in the present moment. As a children's creative therapist and kids' yoga and mindfulness teacher, she loves to use fun and creative activities in her work.
Having always enjoyed working with children, Liz has previously been a nanny, tutor, learning support assistant, English as a Foreign Language teacher, behaviour therapist and the head teacher of a kindergarten. She discovered her passion for creative therapies and the huge need to help children learn life skills while studying a Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and working with teenagers at a mental health clinic. It was when she later trained in teaching kids' yoga and mindfulness that she realised how well these passions of hers aligned for promoting wellness in children in this modern world.
SAMANTHA HERBERT, RESILIENCE COACH
Samantha’s greatest passion is using creative play and expressive arts to guide children to build their resilience, ignite inspiration, identify their strengths and realise their full potential. Samantha weaves her creative play with her love of telling stories. Through this, she creates didactic opportunities that inspire a connection to the Australian wildlife and conversations about mental and physical wellbeing.
Samantha is the founder of the business, Seeds Of The Future. She is both a 1:1 mentor and group facilitator of programs using creative mediums for self-expression, self-awareness, and self-empowerment.
Samantha is currently a senior facilitator for the United Nations Youth organisation running innovative workshops, conferences, and in-school programs discussing global issues and engaging students with the world around them.
Samantha has completed a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University, a Diploma of Leadership in Group Work & Expressive Arts at the College of Complementary Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Sydney. She is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy.
Erin Mitchell, resilience coach
Erin is an adolescent/teen counsellor, parent coach and family therapist. She believes in the value of learning healthy coping skills early in life. Children who are able to cope in healthy ways will be more resilient and manage stress better as adults.
As a mum to two children, aged 8 years and 9 years, she has been teaching these coping skills at home to her own children. She understands from first hand experience that it’s not always perfect. She strives for making progress, however small a step is. She is pasionate about teaching our children how to become the best version of themselves and experience true self-esteem.
Her first degree was a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorium of Sydney. Her later counselling studies included majors in Child Development, Effective Parenting, Conflict Resolution and Family Therapy.
She has been influenced by John Gottman’s work on Emotional Intelligence, the field of Positive Psychology and the pioneering work of Haim Ginott. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and an accredited facilitator of Tuning into Kids, an emotion coaching program designed for parents to create better interpersonal relationships with their children.
Since completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and a Diploma of Education in Drama and English, Elisha has undertaken extensive employment in primary, secondary and co-curricular education. More recently Elisha obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. This training motivated Elisha to pursue an active role in the promotion, development and delivery of student health and wellbeing initiatives in education.
Elisha loves to devise stories with her students through improvisation, storytelling and play. Through her work she aims to build confidence, encourage understanding and foster creativity. Always striving to provide children with a friendly and supportive learning environment, Elisha seeks to create an experience that encourages fun, improves communication and promotes self-discovery. It is her belief that sharing stories and accessing our imagination can help us find balance, health and happiness in our lives.
Rebecca is a Counsellor and Registered Nurse who works in the mental health sector. Her professional experiences have fueled her passion for early intervention in promoting mental health and wellbeing.
Rebecca has seen first hand the benefits of building resilience in children and developing the coping skills necessary to navigate the different challenges and stages of life. Her particular interest lies in helping children and parents manage transitions, whether it be from preschool to ‘big school’, friendships or a change within the family dynamic.
As a parent of a teenager, Rebecca enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained during her parenting journey. She stresses the importance of parents supporting one another and seeking help when it’s needed. Rebecca is currently furthering her studies, undertaking a Certificate of Education in Animal Assisted Therapy. She is looking forward to enlisting the help of animals into her practice to help children improve social and emotional functioning.
annE DE SILVA
Anne trusts in the wisdom of our bodies and our intuition and supports children and adults alike to find their inner strengths through stillness, movement, expression and awareness. Anne facilitates therapeutic groups for bereaved children and young people, as part of a camp-based grief education and support program and loves seeing children transform their vulnerability into gifts.
Anne is a counsellor and somatic (body) psychotherapist registered with the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA), having completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, and training in the Hakomi method, 15 years ago. She is currently nearing completion of a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
A parent to a child and a teen herself, Anne sees parenting as a vital yet often undervalued role. She works with parents to help reduce reactivity and increase attunement to self and others, and believes that through our children and family relationships, we can create a more peaceful, sustainable and compassionate future.