What are the Phoenix Cups?

We are all motivated to choose behaviours to meet our needs. Now imagine those needs as five different sized Cups. We call those Cups your Safety Cup, your Connection Cup, your Mastery Cup, your Freedom Cup, and your Fun Cup. Using this analogy, you could say that every behaviour we choose is to fill a Cup. When our Cups are full (or filling), we have a strong sense of wellbeing. When they are emptying, we are driven to choose behaviours to fill them.

Meet your Instructor

Facilitator Elise Waghorn

Elise Waghorn is a PhD student in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research project is investigating the everyday lifeworlds of children in Australia and how this relates and connects to policy and educational experiences with children in Hong Kong and Singapore. Elise’s teaching has focused on the ways in which early childhood pedagogical practices influence children’s wellbeing. She has worked within the early childhood sector for 13 plus years and has a passion for making sure children's rights are listened to and respected. For the last four years Elise has worked part time as a casual academic at a university. Her role involves teaching the Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary, and Masters of Education (Early Childhood and Primary). Elise started working with Phoenix Support for Educators as a part time professional development facilitator in 2016 and has an in-depth knowledge of the theoretical applications and research represented in The Phoenix Cups framework.


  • How long do I have access to each course?

    You have access to these courses for 4 weeks. We estimate it will take you about 3 hours to complete each individual course, so we have allowed for 1 hour per course per week and an extra week for catch up.

  • Where will I find the webinar link?

    To join the Q&A webinars, just log in, click on the corresponding course and scroll down to the lesson called 'Live webinar'. Once you find the lesson all you will need to do is press the button in the centre of the page.

  • How do I get my certificates?

    To receive your certificate, you must click on 'Complete & Continue' on every page. Once you've done this your certificate download button should come up in the top left corner of your course, where the progress bar is.