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PART 1: Teachers Mental Health Toolkit

Presented By: APATA
Saturday 5 June 2021
Members: FREE / Non-Members $33.00
Virtual Online Workshop

Performing Arts Wellbeing Expert Will Centurion will guide you through Part One of a 2-part series – The Teachers Mental Health Toolkit

In this session: Understanding Student Minds and Identifying Student Behaviours. Incorporating understanding and awareness of the psychological/emotional challenges youth face and how best to respond.

This is an opportunity to engage with tools and resources that will allow teachers to navigate challenging circumstances.

Will Centurion: Counselling & Life Coach – Teacher Professional Development

The teacher’s mental health toolkit is designed to help teachers understand the psychological/emotional challenges youth will demonstrate and how to best respond to these encounters. This incorporates factors such as awareness around anxiety and depression, supportive language, best practice protocols, referral strategies and teacher self-care.


Performance Anxiety




Causes and Triggers of conflict


Verbal and Non-Verbal communication

Resistance/Reluctant behavior

Recognizing Disconnection

Sessions are immersive and allow teachers to ask questions and gain insight around specific situations that may arise throughout the duration of their engagement.

About Will

As a dancer, singer and actor in the Music theatre industry, I have over 20 years of international experience. My numerous Australian theatre credits include the national tours of A Chorus Line, West Side Story, The King and I, The Lion King, Aladdin and In The Heights. I also appeared as part of the Top 20 in So You Think You Can Dance Australia 2010.

After graduating from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, I retired from performing to focus on integrating my stage experience and knowledge of Psychology, to create mental health services that target the needs of Australian performers. 

Using Integrated Therapies, I help creative minds navigate the many challenges of the arts industry. Managing issues such as performance anxiety, self-confidence issues, negative self talk, goal setting and career transitioning.

I provide a platform where performers can access the resources they need to enhance their psychological well-being and enjoy sustainable careers in the arts. 

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