Mark Samways

Director of Wellbeing

The Free Spirit Collective

Mark is the director of Wellbeing at Schools and organisations for The Free Spirit Collective, an integrative Psychology and Wellbeing centre in City Walk, Dubai. Mark holds a dual role at FSC; he works as a CDA licensed Psychologist providing therapy for individuals to support them with their mental health challenges. He holds a MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling, working with clients from age eleven all the way through to adulthood. He also has a strong passion for Wellbeing and assisting schools and organisations with their Wellbeing provision. He holds a further Msc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching.


30 October, 2023 | 12:10 to 12:30
Educator Wellbeing: Psychological First Aid and It's Place in Schools

Join Mark as he shares the benefits of psychological first aid (PFA) training for staff in schools. Often, we focus on student wellbeing but staff wellbeing is of the utmost importance. This workshop shares how PFA can support staff to support each other during non-stop term time demands.

31 October, 2023 | 11:15 to 12:00
Integrating Flourishing in School Culture, Climate, and Curriculum: A Case Study

This presentation will share how the Education for Flourishing Project is working with one school to promote the flourishing of its administrators, staff, teachers, and students. As an outcome of attending this presentation, participants will be able to develop a plan for how to integrate flourishing in their own schools.

31 October, 2023 | 13:00 to 13:45
Key Strategies for Preventing Burnout in Educators and Students: A Comprehensive Guide to Well-being

This panel is all about well-being for all and spotting the signs of ‘burnout’ early in children and educators. In addition to this, there are discussions on how to treat and manage these issues, and how to prevent them. Our well-being panel of experts will discuss everything educators need to know in order to avoid burnout in staff and students.