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Neuroscience driven
thinking on wellness

Dr David Collins - Clinical Psychologist

About

David helps individuals, schools, families, and organisations create enriched environments to harness and grow the amazing potential of our minds and the brains that create and support them.

David graduated his undergraduate degree with first class honours before completing his Doctor of Clinical Psychology. He was a recipient of the La Trobe University Postgraduate Scholarship and the Australian Postgraduate Award, while also being awarded a Research Training Scheme position from the federal government of Australia. He has experience in a variety of positions in the public sector, including The Royal Melbourne Hospital, community mental health, and community corrections. He has also worked as an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s School of Behavioural Science.

Since cutting his teeth in these roles, David has gone on to establish his own private practice and workshop series. As clinical director, David leads his group of clinical psychologists at You Psychology, while his engaging and practical presentation style has entertained and informed teachers, psychologists, counsellors, teens, and parents during his various workshops ran throughout Australia.

Along with internationally renowned brain researcher Dr Pieter Rossouw, he has also pioneered the MiBrain Program, a whole of school wellbeing program using the latest neuroscience research to provide school age students with a range of tools to improve social, emotional, and educational capacity.

Braingro

Your brain is the most powerful and complex thing on the planet. You are born with millions of brain cells called neurons. Each of these cells can connect with as many as 10,000 other cells, creating pathways that carry messages about how you think, feel, and behave.

Braingro is a whole school wellbeing program that uses the latest neuroscience research to provide students with a range of tools to improve social, emotional, and educational learning. The program begins at foundation level and carries into secondary school. Braingro focuses on enhancing each student’s capacity at a neural level, to help develop young people capable of thriving with resilience and an overall sense of well being. Braingro is being trialled in a number of primary and secondary schools across Melbourne in 2015.

The full program will be available to schools in 2016.


Visit braingro.com.au for more information

Workshop Series

David provides a range of workshops to primary and secondary schools, as well as businesses. The workshops are organised into modules, with each module expanding on a relevant subject area.

Clients have the choice of selecting one, some, or all of the workshops on offer. These range from 2 hours to full day workshops. The workshops span the following areas:

  1. Creating a brain friendly school
  2. Creating a brain friendly business
  3. The brain on motivation
  4. The brain on leadership
  5. The brain on happiness
  6. The brain on decision making
  7. The brain on stress management

 

Praise

Thanks so much for today’s presentation David. It was stunningly brilliant and more pertinent to most of us than we probably ever realised.

The timing couldn’t have been better I unlike so many other company wide events I think this one really will have a material impact on our business.

I’m really looking forward to our next session as I’m sure are all of our team.

– Stuart Verrier, Chief Operating Officer, Villawood Properties


After 25 years of teaching and having a firm understanding of how the teenage brain works, along comes David Collins and presents a new approach to understanding how young peoples’ minds are “wired”. David provided a very clear and concise, though provoking workshop to our staff centred around neuroscience. This is an area in which our college is beginning to explore in a big way, as a support structure for our students. Best of all was the simple and clear manner in which David ensured we all walked away from the workshop having a better understanding of how the teenage mind operates. We will certainly be taking much of what David has suggested and implement it in our wellbeing programs. We look forward to working with David in the future and gaining some more inspiring thoughts. 

– Tony De Fazio, Deputy Principal, Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs


David has run a number of fascinating and informative workshops for the staff at Essendon Keilor College and the response has always been “when can we hear more of David Collins”. David has the great ability to make the connections, that none of us can, between what is going on in a student’s brain and how this influences their behaviour. He makes the complex subject of neuroscience both interesting and accessible to all. And he’s funny too! 

– David Adamson, Principal, Essendon Keilor College, East Keilor


As a Student Wellbeing Leader within a Catholic school it is extremely important to have an understanding of the student brain and how it functions. More importantly  we need our teachers to understand how they influence students neurologically. 

Dr. David Collins was a fantastic resource and spent two days with staff at St. Jon Bosco’s School, Niddrie. His insight into how the child’s brain functions was outstanding. His practical approach enabled teachers to gain a thorough understanding of the brain and more importantly how to minimise, manage and avoid inappropriate behaviour within the school setting. He also provided valuable tools to improve student wellbeing and enhancing their social and emotional learning.

I highly recommend Dr. David Collins to work with and help support teachers with student behaviours and to help develop their understanding of the child brain.   

– David Hurn, Principal, Student Wellbeing Leader, St John Boscos School, Niddrie


Dr David Collins has produced a seminar series that is authentic, and one that meaningfully resonates with the audience. It is genuinely concerned with giving people the tools and confidence to create enriched learning environments for the young people in our care. His work is practical, insightful and most importantly it is workable inside and outside of the classroom.
Daniel Walsh

– The Good Man Project


Dr David Collins presented at a recent staff meeting and was warmly received by all. His energy, enthusiasm and passion engaged staff from the minute hestarted talking. David’s presentation about the brain and what we can do as
educators to stimulate a child’s brain, has changed not only our thinking but also the way we approach teaching at our school. David is a highly knowledgeable clinical psychologist who is able to present his findings in a way that teachers can understand and relate to. We will be seeking his expertise in the future.
Courtney Drough

– Student Wellbeing Leader, Sacred Heart Catholic School – Kew

Contact

Practice Location:

27 Ross st Niddrie Victoria Australia 3042

Phone (03) 9379 8844

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Dr David Collins

Clinical Psychologist
Co-Founder MiBrain
Director YouPsychology