16th November 2015.
The Archie audio files are now playable again.
Mark Le Messurier is a teacher, counsellor, conference presenter and coach to young people, their parents and educators. He works from his private practice at Wayville in South Australia and says, "None of us can fix kids. What makes the greatest difference is our desire to participate in trusting relationships with them, and to plant useful ideas in the right moments, so we enhance their potential to grow."
Mark's most treasured quotes are;
"(Young people) who are punished often have revenge fantasies that interrupt true remorse for what they have done. They are not given the opportunity to make amends. Harsh and immediate punishment clears the ledger and allows re-offending in the future without attendant feelings of guilt."
Ian Lillico, 2004
"We are unaware that words are like knives, that we need to be skilled in the use of words. Unlike a surgeon who is careful where he cuts, we use words randomly. We make many incisions until we hit the right spot, heedless of the open wounds we leave behind.
Alice Ginott; physician and lawyer, 1965
I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.
Haim Ginott. Teacher and Child: A Book for Parents and Teachers
Mark has also authored many publications:
Mark lives in Adelaide, Australia, and is married to Sharon. They have two daughters, Kim and Noni. Plus, three beloved Delta Therapy dogs called Maxi, Luca and Kelvin. He continually presents and trains parents, educators, psychologists, counsellors, social workers and youth workers around Australasia, but his heart is with his What's the Buzz? children and teen groups. He does this most days of the week.
Through invitation, Mark presents at conferences for educators, for parent organisations and interested groups.
Presentations for educators
Presentations for parents
Mark is also the architect of the unique 'Mentoring Program' building humanity in Australian schools. The programme provides for additional ongoing care from a compassionate adult working within the school system. The hope is that more and more vulnerable students will be supported by the amazing ripple effect this protective and positive behavioural change programme has already delivered to hundreds of students to date. A programme that has produced far more than anyone ever dreamed.
To contact Mark, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Madhavi Nawana Parker began her focus on social and emotional literacy programs in 1996 following the completion of University studies in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counselling. As Social Skills Program Coordinator at Autism SA, Madhavi developed and facilitated social skills programs throughout metropolitan and country South Australia. Autism SA is a state-wide service providing specialised support for families and schools living and working with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
As well as facilitating social skills programmes Madhavi also advised schools and organisations on appropriate ways to encourage social and emotional development of individuals on the Autism Spectrum.
Madhavi commenced private practice in 2001 at the Behavioural Medicine Institute of Australia. While continuing work in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Madhavi extended her work to include young people with a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She also began providing training for parents, schools and allied health professionals on encouraging prosocial behaviour by teaching relevant skills and implementing positive discipline.
Madhavi is frequently contracted as a Behaviour Consultant for schools and organisations throughout Australia. She works collaboratively with principals, teachers, special education coordinators, school counsellors and psychologists to address the unique needs of her clients. Further to this, Madhavi works with students and parents in schools to develop skills and systems to promote family wellbeing. She also facilitates social skills groups using the What's the Buzz?programme across Australia.
Madhavi passionately presents at conferences to teachers, parents and allied health professionals. Her presentations focus on a range of topics including Positive Discipline, Resilience, Wellbeing, Anxiety and how to implement and maintain the What's the Buzz? programme.
Madhavi lives in Adelaide, South Australia, with her husband James, their daughter Soraya and sons Toby and Zach.
To contact Madhavi, email email@example.com