Positively Psychology

About Us

Director of Positively Psychology, Dr Jean Annan, is a registered psychologist whose background of experience includes working with groups of school leaders, teachers, and agencies to enhance systems of support for children. She has taught and coordinated the Massey University Educational Psychologist programme, practised as an educational psychologist and worked in schools as a teacher and school leader.

The Ministry of Education accredit Dr Jean Annan to provide professional learning and development opportunities in schools and to work with networks of schools as an Expert Partner.

Jean is committed to ongoing study, in relation to the integration of neuroscience knowledge into the everyday practice of those working with children of all ages. At times, affiliates work with Positively Psychology to enhance the delivery of services. All affiliates are registered psychologists or experienced educators.

Supporting Children

Positively Psychology aims to support children by connecting adults who interact with children on an everyday basis with the latest knowledge about the way children think, feel, and act. Workshops for parents, teachers and leaders cover key aspects of psychology for young people including brain-based learning and teaching and narrative approaches to working with children.

 

Positively Psychology also works with schools and networks of schools to facilitate research projects and build connected communities.

Workshops and professional learning sessions provide opportunities for parents and teachers to consider the ways in which psychological concepts can be used to support healthy child development and effective learning environments. Organisational-level projects are facilitated in ways that foster the integration of psychological knowledge into educational systems.

Physical environment

Workshops and facilitated sessions generally take place at participants’ own facilities although alternative venues can be arranged if preferred.

Atmosphere

All workshops and inquiry facilitation are carried out in positive, collaborative environments.

Positively Psychology brings up-to-date psychology and research information to projects and professional development opportunities while ensuring that sessions are interactive. Topics discussed are considered in relation to the everyday work and particular circumstances of participants.

To make an appointment or find out more about our services phone 021 688 533 or email [email protected]

Services

  • Applying psychology to teaching and parenting
  • Brain-based learning and leading
  • Narrative psychology in the school
  • Facilitation of practice-based research and inquiry
  • Facilitation of communities of practice

Services

  • Applying psychology to teaching and parenting
  • Brain-based learning and leading
  • Narrative psychology in the school
  • Facilitation of practice-based research and inquiry
  • Facilitation of communities of practice

“A knowledgeable, competent, articulate woman, who listens to your ideas and frames them to sound like the most inspiring work ever! Her extensive Education background allows her to always understand through the eyes of the Kids, Teachers and Whanau. Jean is the first person I always turn to for concise, professional advice and guidance and direction for future projects.”
Leanne Smith (Deputy Principal, Waikowhai Intermediate School)

“Jean came highly recommended through my educators’ network. With our complementary skills and experience, we worked extremely well as a team throughout the almost two-year lifespan of our project. Jean provided the academic rigour and guidance necessary to ensure our TLIF report was of a high quality, ethically sound, and insightful. I could not speak highly enough of her professionalism, passion, pragmatism, and constructive approach and would unhesitatingly recommend her to any school pursuing research and study around any aspect of teaching and learning.”
Jackie Sutherland (Lead Teacher Maungaraki School)

“Jean worked with myself and a core team as a facilitator for achievement challenges at van Asch Deaf Education Centre over a three-year period. During this time an integral part of her guidance and support was the development and fostering of leadership skills within the core team, and of capability across our wider organisation – and indeed further beyond, into the mainstream schools that we collaborate with. Jean skilfully and gently guided us to find our own solutions towards a sustainable path to ensure that the very real insights and benefits we had gained through our projects could be embedded into our everyday practice. With the undoubted social, emotional and academic benefits for our students, the value of Jean’s role cannot be underestimated.”
Olwyn McGibbon (Specialist Resource Teacher (Outreach Team) van Asch Deaf Education Centre)