Positive Education

Leonie Abbott is a foundation graduate of Australia’s first Master Applied Positive Psychology. Her passion for wellbeing infuses all her interactions and training. Her deep understanding of the impact of trauma on an individuals’ functioning is something Leonie incorporates into her interactions.

Bringing positive psychology and teaching pedagogy together, Leonie is a dynamic facilitator and coach. Her education background is evidenced in her interactive workshops. Leonie is fascinated about how people learn. She has leadership experience across a range of sectors including education, management consulting, recruitment, travel and events.

Positive Psychology has been a transformational part of Leonie’s journey. The content from the field can be easily applied to all facets of life and for Leonie, this has certainly been a lived experience.

Leonie authentically lives her top signature strengths of: Love; Creativity; Curiosity; Zest; Honesty; Judgement and Leadership. She volunteered with the Victorian State Emergency Service for ten years. Leonie was awarded a National Emergency Medal for her efforts during the Victorian Bushfires 2009. There is much she has learned in this emergency management setting about dealing with pressure and responsibility that translates into her studies on post traumatic growth.  Leonie continues to contribute to the community in a volunteer capacity as a Director on two boards: Positive Education Schools Association (since 2017) and Southern Cross Grammar (since 2019).

Formal Education:

2013-2014 Master of Applied Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
2011 TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
2004- 2005 Graduate Certificate of Business Administration, Deakin University
1987- 1990 Bachelor of Education, University of Ballarat (now called Federation University)

Conference Presentations:


Slowing down in a VUCA world, Positive Schools (ONLINE)

Teaching the fourth “R”: Intentionally teaching self-Regulation with students, Positive Schools (ONLINE)

Self-regulation:The hidden capability that lies within Fusion Skills, Fusion Cities 2 (LONDON/INT – ONLINE)


Creating Calm Classrooms that build Connection, Friendship Summit (SYD)

Helping kids who don’t feel like they belong, to belong, Positives Schools (BNE, SYD, MEL, PER)


Harnessing Strengths inside the Tornado: Using Trauma-Informed Wellbeing Strategies to Support Hyperactive and Defiant Students, Positive Schools (BNE, SYD, MEL, PER)

Using Trauma-Informed Positive Education (TIPE) strategies to build self-regulation for learning, IPEN (DALLAS, USA)

Competing Attentions: Human versus technology, at what cost?, PESA (GEELONG)


Nurturing Self Regulation for Academic Rigour, PESA (SYD)

Classroom strategies in Action from a Trauma-Informed Wellbeing Lens, Positive Schools (BNE, SYD, MEL, PER)

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