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 is a Teaching Fellow at Loughborough University teaching Applied Positive Psychology and Organisational Psychology. She previously taught at Bucks New University and also sat on the advisory board for the Leeds Becket University, Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools.

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 staff wellbeing. 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.  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 training and development, and preventing social disadvantage.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Positive Education
  • Practicing Positive and Organisational Psychologist
  • Teaching Positive and Organisational Psychology in Higher Education
  • Experienced Coach and Trainer
  • Whole school/organisational approaches to positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Staff wellbeing
  • Qualified careers advisor

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 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. 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.

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

September 24, 2021

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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September 22, 2021

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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September 21, 2021

DfE Funding for Senior Mental Health Lead Training

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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September 15, 2021

Staff Wellbeing Training NHGS Case Study

How one secondary school benefited from learning tools and techniques to increase their wellbeing and how this impacted on students.

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August 31, 2021

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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August 31, 2021

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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August 31, 2021

Primary education, mental health and resilience

Mental health promotion involves creating and enhancing environments that support the development of mental wellbeing and healthy lifestyles

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August 31, 2021

What is the Difference Between Coaching and Counselling in Schools?

How do you know if Coaching or Counselling ae the best option for the young people you are trying to support at school?

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August 31, 2021

Character Education for Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

Character strengths education in primary schools is about helping children to understand what strengths they have and how to use them.

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August 31, 2021

What are the Benefits of Applying Character Strengths in Schools?

Every person has a combination of 24 character strengths and if developed correctly can have a significant positive impact on their lives.

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August 31, 2021

5 Steps for Developing Wellbeing in Your School

We have developed 5 simple steps that are key starting points for consideration when initiating a whole school approach to wellbeing.

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August 31, 2021

Worth-it Commissioned to Deliver School Resilience Programme

We have been commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver our whole school early intervention programme in 20 schools.

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August 31, 2021

Wellbeing Strategies for Schools

Through our extensive support work we have developed a number of strategies and services that support schools.

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August 31, 2021

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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August 31, 2021

Building Resilience in Young People

We specialise in using Positive Psychology Coaching to support the development of resilience in young people.

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August 31, 2021

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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August 31, 2021

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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August 30, 2021

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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August 30, 2021

How to work with parents as part of a whole school approach to wellbeing.

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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August 30, 2021

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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August 30, 2021

5 Ways to Develop a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing

Here are our practical ways for develop wellbeing in your school

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August 30, 2021

The Role of Education in Shaping Young People's Mental Health - 5 Ideas for Your School

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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August 30, 2021

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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August 30, 2021

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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August 30, 2021

How to remain focused on the overall goal of whole school mental health as a Designated 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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August 30, 2021

Revision of the VIA-Youth UK

Worth-it is excited to announce that we have been chosen as the VIA Institute's UK partner for the revalidation of the VIA-Youth.

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August 27, 2021

8 Ideas for Developing Mental Health in your Pupils

Our training is designed to increase capacity to enable schools to develop positive mental health.

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