Najiha Syeda

School Psychologist

I have 14 years of international experience in the education field along with a proven track record of staff awards from most of the Institutes I worked with. The countries that I have worked in are Saudi Arabia, Australia and UAE. I have recently concluded my Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy and I aim to apply for my License from Community Development Authority, UAE and start to pursue my Doctor in Psychology in 2019. I am a Member of International Association of Counselling (IAC) and Affiliate Member of Psychotherapy and Counselling of Australia (PACFA). In my role as a student counselor, I have applied counseling skills to assist people from diverse backgrounds and across a range of age groups, including adolescents and the aged.


Neuroscience & Wellbeing

26 February 2019 | 16:00 - 16:30 | English | Detention Out- Mindful Meditation In

Imagine you're working at a school and one of the kids is starting to act up. What do you do? Traditionally, the answer would be to give the unruly kid detention or suspension. But in my memory, detention tended to involve staring at walls, bored out of my mind, trying to either surreptitiously talk to the kids around me without getting caught or trying to read a book. If it was designed to make me think about my actions, it didn't really work. It just made everything feel stupid and unfair. Instead of punishing disruptive kids or sending them to the principal's office, schools should create a Mindful Moment Room instead. The room looks nothing like your standard windowless detention room. Instead, it should be filled with lamps, decorations, and plush pillows. Misbehaving kids are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-center. They should also be asked to talk through what happened.