Helen McGrath

Short bio

Helen is a counseling psychologist and educator with expertise in mental health,social skills, relationships and effective teaching & learning. She is an Adjunct Professor at two universities: RMIT University (School of Education), and Deakin University (School of Education) and a psychologist in part-time private practice. She is the author or co-author of 22 books for educators, psychologists and the general community including Difficult Personalities and two award winning programs: BOUNCE BACK! and Friendly Kids Friendly Classrooms. Her newest co-authored book, with Toni Noble, is HITS and HOTS: Teaching +Thinking+ Social Skills. She is a recipient of Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service. Her involvement in major government projects includes the Australian Government’s 2011 Revision of the National Safe Schools Framework, advising and developing resources for the Safe Schools Hub and the Australian Government’s 2008 Scoping Study on Student Wellbeing. She is on the Advisory Board and executive committee of the National Centre Against Bullying.



Helen completed her undergraduate degree and Diploma of Education at the University of Sydney and her Masters degree and Ph.D at Monash University. She has a background in teaching and also spent two years completing an internship at the Austin Hospital, working with both the Department of Clinical Psychology and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has a small private counselling psychology practice in Cheltenham, Melbourne and consults extensively with individual organisations, community health groups and schools. She is regularly invited to run workshops & seminars and present keynote addresses both nationally and internationally and is a regular commentator for both national and international media on issues relating to psychology, emotional, social and behavioural disorders, wellbeing and learning.


Contact Helen at helen@bounceback.com.au