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Michael Hawton

MAPS, B.A., Grad. Dip. (App. Psych.), Dip. (Teaching), Grad. Cert. (Bus. Admin.)

Michael Hawton is a registered Australian psychologist, trained teacher, author of Anxiety Coach™, Talk Less Listen More™ and Engaging Adolescents™, international speaker, media commentator, and a father of two. With 30 years’ experience working with children and families including in his private practice, working with the United Nations in Seychelles, and preparing child welfare reports for the Family Court, Michael is one of Australia’s foremost experts in tough conversations, managing child anxiety, managing teen anxiety, managing difficult behaviours in children, adolescents, and adults. Featuring regularly as a panel guest advisor on shows such as Today, Sunrise and more, Michael teaches teachers, family workers, early years educators, and parents based the latest research in behavioural science, covering a range of topics such as positive cultural change in schools, how to have tough conversations in the workplace, improving self-regulation in children, reducing anxiety in children, managing tricky adolescent behaviours, and tackling family of origin issues in child protection. Michael was recently engaged by The Australian Primary Principals Association to develop a survey, utilised nationally by Government, Independant and Catholic Schools to gain insight into childhood anxiety. The resulting report - The Impact of Childhood Anxiety on Primary Schooling has been published on the association's website. https://appa.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/APPA-PROJECT-FINAL-REPORT-Feb-2020.pdf Michael’s training programs have equiped over +12,500 professionals and teachers and +110,000 parents across Australia, NZ, UK, and the United States since 2006 through 1-2-3 Magic® and Emotion Coaching, Engaging Adolescents™ and Tough Conversations™.

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