Mental health and well-being series

Developed by the Adelaide Graduate Centre and the University’s Counselling Service, the mental health and well-being series series combines content informed by up to date research into mental health and well-being, interactive discussion and activities, and the development of an individual ‘Personal Effectiveness Plan’.

While the four lectures are stand-alone, the skills built throughout the series build cumulatively to boost your personal and professional well-being and your success as an HDR student - and into the workplace.

  • Thriving in your Life as an HDR introduces the research findings of positive psychology and explores how you can apply this ‘science of well-being’ in your life. Available in person or online.
  • Communication and ‘win-win’ Skills as an HDR looks at the skills of communication, teaches an effective assertive communication technique, and discusses the basics of conflict resolution and negotiation. Available in person or online.
  • The Self-Reflective HDR teaches how to find and use your strengths, understand your personal qualities, characteristics and resources and achieve balance in your life. Available in person or online.
  • Reviving your Life while Doing an HDR covers common mental health obstacles that can impede your progress as an HDR – depression, anxiety, stress, poor sleep, perfectionism and procrastination. Available in person or online.


This series is presented by Jane Turner-Goldsmith, a registered (general) psychologist with a background in health, education and counselling psychology. Jane is especially interested in mental and physical health and well-being and in nurturing people’s creativity – both in life and as applied to the challenges they may be facing in life. She has most recently worked in the University of Adelaide counselling service and with international students in the ‘Talking with Aussies’ program.