Based on the latest research and best practice from the fields of social-emotional learning, positive psychology and cognitive-behaviour, rational-emotive therapies, this program includes the following sessions:
- Growth Mindset
- Character Strength
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
In its’ present form, this program is designed to be presented by a mentor to one student or a small group of students (mentees).
The program assists mentors to help mentees become more aware of and develop their psychological strengths.
Mentors incorporate within their traditional role of listener, supporter and problem solver three areas in which they can influence their mentees:
- Helping mentees become aware of the 10 elements of a successful mind.
- Providing mentees with an understanding of their own development of these elements at this stage of their lives.
- Assisting them to develop elements of the successful mind they have selected by applying them to their study and daily encounters at university and as they prepare to engage with work experiences.
Each mentee requires a copy of the 145 page Student Guide to The Successful Mind at Study Work and Life (author: Professor Michael E. Bernard).
The Student Guide has been written using non-technical psychological language which is easy enough for mentees to understand. Rather than mentees who are non-teachers nor counsellors having to explain psychological content to mentees in their own words, the idea is for both mentor and mentees to review the ideas on the pages of the Student Guide, for the mentor to ask questions, seek comments and for mentees to complete one or more activity sheets that appear in each section of their Student Guide that will help them understand and use the elements of the successful mind.
“Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law Mentor programme implemented a new component called “The Successful Mind” within the programme. This was aimed at improving student success and addressing 10 key topics which would help students achieve success within their university life. I attended an amazing training session by Professor Michael E. Bernard who incidentally, is the mind behind ” The Successful Mind’. I have personally applied some of the concepts from his book which have lead to great results. I am so grateful to the Faculty of Business and Law for publishing this and I hope more and more students benefit from this brilliant programme.”
Mathangi Mahalingam, Student, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University