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

$250.00 includes GST

Annual Digital Licence (GST inclusive)

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.

04.b The Successful Mind for School, Work and Life Student Handbook (secondary years 9 – 12) is required for each participating student.

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Professor Michael E. Bernard and Patricia C. Bernard

Target Audience

Teachers, career educators, school counsellors and others concerned with student personal and social development of students in years 9 – 12


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


  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.

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 Leader’s Guide is purchased together with copies of 04.b The Successful Mind for School, Work and Life Student Handbook (secondary years 9 – 12) for each participating student.


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The Successful Mind Student Handbook
04.b The Successful Mind for School, Work and Life: Student Handbook – Secondary years 9 – 12
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