School Refusal Masterclass - Melbourne 2019


NESA ACCREDITED  - for NSW Delegates (formerly BOSTES accredited)
Completing the School Refusal Masterclass will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW: 1.6.4, 4.1.4, 4.4.4.
Highly Accomplished, Proficient and Graduate Teachers are also eligible to claim 6 hours of  NESA Registered PD.

The School Refusal Masterclass is accredited with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute for 5 hours of Continuing Professional Development.

School Refusal Masterclass

Melbourne: Friday 16th August 2019
 Vibe Savoy Hotel, 630 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Facilitators: A/Professor Michael Gordon & Sandra Jelley 

Propsych is proud to announce a very special event, the School Refusal Masterclass; an intensive, experiential, full day event, designed to equip you with the practical and effective tools to drive and implement a whole school approach to managing issues of school refusal. School refusal is a serious mental health issue. It’s prognosis remains poorer than nearly all other mental health issues in young people. School refusing students who do not return to school suffer serious disadvantage and long term implications. There is an urgent need for schools to address the problem.

Building on Propsych’s Understanding, Treating & Managing School Refusal Workshop, the Masterclass is designed specially for past attendees who want to take their knowledge of school refusal to the next level and initiate genuine and lasting change in the way that your school manages issues of school refusal.

The School Refusal Masterclass is designed for people who have attended the Understanding, Treating & Managing School Refusal Workshop or, who have a solid knowledge base of school refusal. If applying for this workshop without having completed the Understanding, Treating & Managing School Refusal Workshop please contact Propsych to clarify:



A/Professor Michael Gordon is a child psychiatrist, the Unit Head for child and adolescent stream of Early in Life Mental Health Service (ELMHS) at Monash Health and the Acting Unit Head for Perinatal and Infant Stream of ELMHS. Michael has written a number of papers and book chapters on adolescent depression. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Monash University and is actively involved in a number of research projects into adolescent depression. 

Michael has extensive experience working with schools on issues of mental health relating to young people. A/Professor Gordon provides training and professional mentoring for educational leaders, teachers, school psychologists and counsellors and is ideally placed to take participants through the myriad and complex issues involved in adolescent mental illness in the school context.

Sandra Jelley is a registered psychologist and teacher who has worked in the education sector for over thirty years, both domestically and internationally. She spent fifteen years as an educator in Australia and Singapore, including more than a decade in key leadership positions involving extensive curriculum development, procedural reviews, promotion and implementation of large-scale school change, and leading staff teams.

Sandra then pursued a career path as a school psychologist, completing post-graduate studies in Psychology with first class honours, and gaining registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA. She has been a school counsellor/psychologist, as part of the Wellbeing Team of Sacred Heart College, for the past 14 years, where she has been an integral part of driving wellbeing policy and procedures, presenting regularly to staff, students and parents on a range of mental health issues and developing a number of curriculum programs to support student wellbeing. Sandra also supervises other school counsellors.

In 2010 Sandra joined Propsych as a Senior Consultant and has been instrumental in developing relevant, empirically based, topical mental health workshops, programs and conferences that are responsive to school needs and specific to school staff. Sandra features prominently as the dynamic MC at Propsych’s flagship conferences.