04a. The Successful Mind for School, Work and Life: Leader's Guide - (secondary years 9 - 12)

The Successful Mind for School, Work and Life is a 10-session course designed for upper secondary students to prepare them for their final years in school, pre-employment and part-time work experiences and for life beyond school. A distinctive feature of this course is its suitability to be delivered in career education classes with content linked to the CORE Skills for Work framework.

The digital Leader's Guide contains background information and a session plan needed to conduct each of the 10 sessions.

Schools need to purchase a student handbook (4b. on the catalogue) for each participating student.


  1. Growth Mindset
  2. Character Strength
  3. Goal Setting
  4. Resilience
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Self-acceptance
  7. Optimism
  8. GRIT
  9. Time Management
  10. Getting Along

There is a psychological and neuro-scientific research-based foundation of the successful mind course. The collective work of cognitive-behavioural psychologists (Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Martin Seligman, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth) has identified a range of both positive and negative attitudes that determine the ways people think (self-talk), feel and behave. CASEL and ACARA have identified core social-emotional skills incorporated in this program as well: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management.

A successful mind is strengthened in young people through a variety of learning activities employed in this course including structured learning activities combined with small group interaction, discussion and application.

AuthorsMichael E. Bernard and Patricia C. Bernard
Target AudienceTeachers, career educators, school counsellors and others concerned with student personal and social development of students in years 9 - 12
Contents10-session Leader's Guide (online, digital)
Successful Mind Course Evaluation (downloadable)
(from date of purchase)
If you have questions Contact You Can Do It! Education
Toll-Free 1800 155 603
If purchasing from outside Australia please use our International Order Form

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