Tabor Advance Free Professional Development Day 2023


We are excited to again invite you join us at the Millswood Campus on Saturday, 16 September for Tabor Advance Professional Development Day 2023.

The Tabor Advance PD Day has been developed as a reflection of Tabor’s commitment to the ongoing growth and development of those serving within the community professions and is offered free of charge as our gift to you.  This Professional Development Day seeks to equip and encourage teachers, ministry workers and other not-for profit staff through the delivery of relevant, informative and engaging professional development sessions.

The program covers a vast array of topics which have been thoughtfully developed through community consultation to ensure real world application.  More specifically, the morning will include 12 different professional development sessions from which attendees will be able to select four of greatest interest to them.

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Attendees will receive a professional learning certificate for sessions attended.

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Full Program Details:

Building Thriving Communities

How to cultivate community in your church, organization or workplace


– Dr Aaron Chalmers (Dean of Minitry Practice)

The need for cultivation of thriving and connected communities in our churches, schools and workplaces is ever-increasing, however the means to achieve this are often elusive. Drawing on psychological research as well as biblical principles, this session offers practical tools and strategies to help you foster a sense of belonging, collaboration and shared purpose to help transform your community into a more supportive and vibrant space.

What’s Your Story?

The power of storytelling for communication mastery and personal branding

-Strauss Viljoen (Chief Marketing Officer)
Discover how to identify and articulate your unique personal brand story, and leverage storytelling techniques to communicate meaningfully in various contexts, from networking events to job interviews and beyond. Elevate your communication skills and build your personal brand for professional success.

The Decline of Church? What is happening and what can we do about it.

Exploring the challenges facing the contemporary church

-Dr Matthew James Gray (Head of Divinity)
It is often said that, over the last 5 decades, we have experienced a significant decline in the modern day church of the west. More recently, COVID has also contributed to significant shifts and changes to the face of modern day church and challenges to the way it has traditionally been ‘done’. This workshop explores some of these recent trends and challenges and how the church might adapt and respond with both creativity and faithfulness.

Paving the Path Between

Practical conflict resolution skills for your professional and personal life
Olivia Kearney 
Conflict is an inevitable part of inter-personal relationships. Therefore developing the skills necessary to manage conflict effectively is essential if we wish to maintain healthy and growing relationships – both in our professional and personal lives. This workshop explores a number of highly practical skills that can easily be contextualised to help you resolve conflict in a variety of environments.

Who Cares?

How do we fulfil our role of caring for others whilst still caring for ourselves?
-Brian Gabriels 
(Head of Postgraduate Studies Counselling)
The community professions typically involve providing care and support to others, which can be emotionally and physically taxing. How can we fulfill our caregiving responsibilities while still prioritizing our own wellbeing? This workshop offers actionable self-care techniques that can easily be implemented in any context to help safeguard your wellbeing and protect against burnout.

Therapeutic Prayer

How prayer can help our mental health and recovery

Dr Matthew James Gray

(Head of Divinity)
We all know we should pray, but wouldn’t it be great if we wanted to? This session will show some forms of prayer that can help you and those you serve therapeutically, often in ways that may surprise you.

The Neuroscience of Fruitful Failure (EDU Specific)

How teachers can use failure for student learning
Kate Osborne
(Head of Program – Primary)
How can an understanding of neuroscience help teachers to strengthen student learning by removing fear of failure?
This workshop explores how a classroom culture of failing forward improves learning outcomes for both low and high performing students. The session will explain the neuroscience of fruitful failure, looking at theoretical concepts and practical strategies that can be integrated into any learning environment.

Burnout; Dealing with a Modern Epidemic

How to recognise and respond to the signs of burnout in both ourselves and others.

– Dr Johan Roux

Burnout – almost a taboo concept , and yet it seems to be more of a reality than ever before. As Michael Gungor says: ‘Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long.’ This topic explores how you can recognise the signs of burnout in yourself and others, and what you can do to ‘stay the course’ (Gal6:9) in healthy, positive and productive ways.

The Pure Creative Power of Not Growing Up


– Dr Peter Court

(Lecturer Creative Writing and Communication)

The session explores research and experience from generations of highly creative folk, to unleash the creative gift that every single human has; and explores why we grow out of it. It shares how we can all get back to being the joyful, effective creators we were made to be.

Using Manipulatives in the Maths Classroom (EDU Specific)

Explore how hands-on learning in mathematics enriches student learning


– Willy Gollan

This session will explore how manipulatives help students make sense of Mathematical concepts and assists them to move from concrete experiences to abstract reasoning.


Dialogic Pedagogy

Capturing powerful learning


– Dr Victoria Warren

(Head of Undergraduate Education)
Dialogic Pedagogy involves using the dialogic space between students to enrich and empower both academic and interpersonal learning. Dialogic Pedagogy can be used in existing programs to build student understanding and insight from mid Primary through to Senior Secondary years. Dialogic Pedagogy enhances critical thinking, enabling students to construct knowledge and question ideas. This session will focus on Dialogical Pedagogy frameworks which can be used to extend discussion into more meaningful student-centred episodes.

Leadership Flourishing

– Dr Johan Roux

Flourishing leaders flourish others. Simple. Profound. Much needed on both counts. But how does it work? What’s involved in this flourishing? How can I increase flourishing in and through my life to the benefit of all? This address aims to take attendees on a journey of increased flourishing, efficacy and impact for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

Unwind with Art – SOLD OUT


– Kate Osborne

(Head of Program – Primary)
What are the benefits of engaging in sensory art making experiences? Enjoy this practical session as a chance to wind down while you play with a range of art making materials, such as charcoal, ink and paint, and collect some practical ideas about how to enable yourself and others to reflect and express. Materials supplied, bring your own apron. Come prepared to get your hands dirty!

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