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 Instructors

Sandi Phoenix runs the Educators Toolkit for Behaviour course, while Elise Waghorn runs the Cup filling courses.

Principal Facilitator

Sandi Phoenix

Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support. Her framework, The Phoenix Cups, have revolutionised how staff not only work with children’s behaviour, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The approach provides a framework of how to understand and respond positively to differences and conflict. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together.

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).