MEET THE TEAM

Liz Robson-Kelly

CEO & Founder

Liz is the CEO, Founder and Creative Director at Worth-it and is a leading Positive Psychologist and Educator. She has been developing evidence-based, co-produced early prevention programmes for young people within schools, the NHS and local authorities for over 12 years.

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FULL INTRODUCTION

Liz is a leading expert in Positive Education in the UK. She has developed several pioneering approaches to early intervention and prevention through her professional practice and research. As a practicing Positive and Organisational Psychologist, she has led Worth-it in its work supporting hundreds of schools and organisations and over 3,000 professionals develop the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of children and young people.

Liz was amongst the first people in the world to obtain the dual MSc Qualification in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP). Her masters project research, exploring how Coaching and Positive Psychology can help vulnerable young people prevent mental health problems was published in 2016. She has since built on this work in developing whole school and organisational approaches to preventing mental health problems in children and young people. Within whole school or organisational approaches.

Liz has developed a specialism in teacher and staff wellbeing and organisational change. She was a Teaching Fellow in Organisational Psychology and Behaviour and Module Leader on the BPS Accredited, MSc Work Psychology Module in Wellbeing and Work, at Loughborough University.

She currently guest lectures at Nottingham Trent University PGCE on teacher and pupil mental wellbeing, Leeds Beckett University Masters in Ethical Leadership in Education. She previously taught at Bucks New University Masters in Positive Psychology and UEL's Masters in Coaching Psychology. She was also a founding member of the advisory board for the Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools for 3 years and contributed to the creation of the Mental Health Award for schools.

Liz has over 12 years’ experience applying Coaching Psychology, gaining a PG Certificate in Coaching in 2009. She is also a qualified careers advisor, with an extensive background in learning, training and development, and preventing social disadvantage.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Positive Education
  • Positive Psychology Coaching
  • Practicing Positive and Organisational Psychologist
  • Teaching Positive and Organisational Psychology in Higher Education
  • Organisational Change
  • Experienced Coach and Trainer
  • Whole school/organisational approaches to positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Staff and teacher wellbeing
  • Qualified careers advisor
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Wellbeing content creation

PASSIONS AND INTERESTS

Liz is passionate about system transformation, using applied Positive Psychology and Coaching approaches to create real and sustainable change. Her main areas of passion is supporting sustainable strategies that prevent mental health problems. She is highly creative and is motivated to take theory from the field of positive psychology and make it accessible and engaging to children and young people and professionals that support them.

She loves nothing more than creating content, courses, programmes and resources. She founded Worth-it with the aim to collaborate with schools and organisations to develop embedded approaches, that help children and young people prevent mental health problems and promote wellbeing through the use of practical and tangible tools and activities.

Liz am also passionate about contributing to the research and evidence base of Positive Psychology and Positive Education, regularly engaging in research projects, writing and speaking on these topics.

Other passions include social entrepreneurship, especially in the creation of online and digital social enterprises that make a sustained and large impact.

Professional MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • Association for Coaching

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Robson-Kelly, L. (2018). ‘Is positive education too positive for the UK? Do we require a more nuanced approach to positive education in the UK?’, European Journal of Applied Positive Psychology, 2, 4, 1-5.
  2. Robson-Kelly, L., & Ellis, K. (2018). Enhancing learning through Positive Education, wellbeing and resilience. Impact, the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching. 1. Online.
  3. Robson-Kelly, L., & van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2016). What does coaching have to offer to young people at risk of developing mental health problems? A grounded theory study. International Coaching Psychology Review, 11(1), 75-92.

Recent contributions from Liz

August 13, 2022

What are the Benefits of Applying Character Strengths in Schools?

When children and young people use their strengths and if developed correctly can have a significant positive impact on their lives.

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August 13, 2022

Building Resilience in Young People

Our practical guide to supporting young people to develop resilience and positive coping.

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August 11, 2022

Getting started with Wellbeing Club

This guide for new members joining Wellbeing Club helps know what to expect when they first join and make the most out of the programme.

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August 11, 2022

Wellbeing Ambassadors: A Guide for New Facilitators

This guide for new Wellbeing Ambassador Facilitators helps know what to expect when they first join and make the most out of the programme.

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August 10, 2022

A wellbeing framework for mental health lessons

Looking for ideas for mental health lessons. Our wellbeing framework helps you plan how to teach lessons on mental health and wellbeing.

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July 29, 2022

Peer Mentoring for Pupil Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Ambassadors programme provides a unique opportunity to apply evidence-based techniques and strategies that improve wellbeing.

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July 29, 2022

Impact of loneliness on young people's wellbeing

In 2015 ACEVO launched 'Coming in from the Cold' – a report on loneliness among young people in London.

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July 29, 2022

Strategies for Supporting Pupil, Staff and School Wellbeing and Resilience During COVID-19.

Supporting the development of resilience is critical to maintaining wellbeing levels and preventing the onset of mental health problems.

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July 29, 2022

How to use monitoring and evaluation to support the mental health of children and young people

Senior mental health leads are responsible for using monitoring and evaluation to identify and support pupil mental health needs

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July 29, 2022

How Coaching Helps Young People to Develop Wellbeing and Resilience

Coaching provides an effective solution for supporting young people develop wellbeing and resilience.

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July 29, 2022

What's the difference between coaching and counselling and how do you choose which is best for a young person?

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Therapist and Coach can often be used interchangeably. This can cause confusion.

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July 29, 2022

How strengths coaching helps young people develop wellbeing and resilience

Developing strengths awareness and use can improve young people's wellbeing and resilience through coaching

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July 29, 2022

What is Wellbeing Coaching for Young People?

This article helps you consider coaching as a way of supporting young people to develop wellbeing and resilience.

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July 26, 2022

Why is mental health and wellbeing important for schools?

Developing wellbeing in children and young people is about supporting them to be self-aware enough to find wellbeing strategies.

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July 26, 2022

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Primary Schools

Mental health promotion involves creating and enhancing environments that support the development of mental wellbeing and resilience.

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July 26, 2022

5 Steps for Developing School Mental Health and Wellbeing

We have developed 5 simple steps that are key for starting a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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July 25, 2022

SMHL and struggling to implement changes to school mental health and wellbeing?

Are you a new in post or recently trained SMHL that is struggling to make the impact you would like to school mental health? Here's why.

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July 25, 2022

Wellbeing Strategies for Schools

Through our extensive support work we have developed a number of strategies that support schools develop wellbeing.

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July 25, 2022

Our Guide to Positive Psychology in Education

At Worth-it, we know positive education and positive psychology have a vital role to play in helping children and young people flourish.

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July 25, 2022

Why and how to develop wellbeing in schools

There has been an increased focus on raising the awareness of mental health and making it more ‘acceptable’ for individuals to seek help.

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July 25, 2022

Providing Support for Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health during COVID-19

The Department for Education has suggested that schools plan for the increased mental health and wellbeing needs of pupils. We want to help.

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July 25, 2022

3 Ways to Deal with Change as a School Mental Health Lead

Here are our 3 ways you can help your school deal with change and support the development of mental health and wellbeing at the same time.

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July 25, 2022

How to remain focused on the overall goal of whole school mental health as a Mental Health Lead.

Being a Senior Mental Health Lead means a lot of juggling. Here are some ideas to help you focus on your school wellbeing goals.

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July 24, 2022

How to access funding for our DfE assured Wellbeing Club programme

We are delighted to announce: Wellbeing Club has been quality assured as an approved provider of training for Senior Mental Health Leads!

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July 22, 2022

How to apply for DfE Funding for Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Find out how to apply for the £1200 training grant to train your mental health lead.

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July 22, 2022

Understanding opportunities for prevention in schools

You may feel like you are firefighting to deal with the mental health problems, this article explores how early prevention is the solution

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July 22, 2022

Improve and plan your whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing

Our priority is to help SMHLs strengthen their school or college mental health provision and address any gaps. This article explains how.

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July 20, 2022

8 Activities for Developing Mental Health in your Pupils

8 practial positive mental health activities that help schools to develop wellbeing for pupils and students

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July 20, 2022

Wellbeing activities to share with parents

A practical way to support parents is to share the same strategies that you are cultivating as a school inside and outside of the classroom.

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July 20, 2022

9 challenges Senior Mental Health Leads face in developing school wellbeing

Developing school wellbeing can be met with resistance, preparing and mitigating for this enables Senior Mental Health Leads to succeed

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July 20, 2022

Introduction to the role of Senior Mental Health Lead

The role of Senior Mental Health Lead is new to many schools. Find out more about the role of a Mental Health Lead.

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July 6, 2022

Academic coaching for young people

Coaching is a practical way to support young people with their personal development and academic achievements. This article explores how.

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June 30, 2022

Youth Coaching for Success

Coaching helps young people to become more successful in life. This article explores how and what we really mean by success.

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June 30, 2022

Why we’re developing a Wellbeing Ambassadors Programme for primary schools

We're looking for primary schools to help us develop the wellbeing ambassadors programme to meet the needs of primary pupils

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