Joshua Brown is the founder of the Invictus Wellbeing Program. A resiliency course designed to equip students with a skill set that allows them to maintain a sense of positive wellbeing in the face of life’s challenges.
What were some of the memorable experiences you had at Deakin?
Deakin created spaces for honest conversation. I was able to share ideas and have them enhanced through academic dialogue with peers. My graduation ceremony was also a highlight and made all the more enjoyable due the highly organised and professional nature of the event. It is also the quiet memories that come back, the coffee and papers moments that lent themselves to introspection and personal growth.
Did you learn anything from your Deakin studies to take directly to the workforce?
Studying a Master of Arts at Deakin allowed me to step into a departmental leadership role and gave me the confidence and expertise to teach at a secondary and tertiary level. The writing and communication skills from my degree also equipped me with the tools to write the content for The Invictus Wellbeing Program. Fortuitously, the skills I learned at Deakin have been useful in a far wider spectrum of professional scenarios than I ever imagined.
What are your career/life highlights?
My career highlight has been founding the Invictus Wellbeing Program. A resiliency course designed to equip students with a skill set that allows them to maintain a sense of positive wellbeing in the face of life’s challenges. The Program is built upon a strong theoretical framework, which takes advantage of Dr Martin Seligman’s work in positive psychology by engaging students in a four-stage progression towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. The Invictus Program allows participants to engage in outdoor education, positive relationships, skill mastery and community service. The program uses the P.E.R.M.A model as the key theoretical underpinning for curriculum and has received the endorsement of Lake Macquarie City Council. Invictus is now being rolled out in three schools across the Hunter region. The Journey Element of the Invictus Wellbeing Program also acts upon the findings of Deakin researchers Mardie Townsend and Rona Weerassuriya. By reconnecting students with nature and grounding them in kinaesthetic learning experiences my team and I are able to see their renewed optimism and enhanced self-efficacy.
Can you give any advice to our current students?
Learning is the investment that will always compound into the future and set you up for a more expansive life. Experiment with different physical spaces when studying. Read articles in a gallery, draft essays in a cafe, network in the park and enjoy the ride.