...You can’t stop the waves…but you can learn to surf. Emotional intelligence and life-skills for young people and their changing relationships…
The following courses work well as year group talks with scope for ‘break-out’ discussion in smaller groups. Ideal length of time – 60-90 minutes depending on the session chosen (the latter providing more opportunities for interactive aspects and more generous Q and A time).
Occasionally schools or PTAs fund such talks on a twilight basis for students to opt in or out of.
Contact me to discuss potential alternative sessions – if you have in mind a session that is not covered here.
1. A friend in deed – how to support a friend in need
Ideal for Years 9, 10, 11, but also an adapted version available for sixth form.
- Authentic and supportive friendships
- The value of boundaries
- Supporting a friend who is going through periods of anxiety
- Recognizing when a situation is stuck
- Supporting a friend where there are serious concerns
2. Emotional Assertiveness – Handling conflict in close relationships – parents, peers
Ideal for Years 10 and 11 – two thirds through the GCSE course. Can also be adapted for sixth form.
An age-old problem –developing life skills for young people to take forward into a fruitful adulthood.…Expressing feelings and confronting problems in close relationships…how to achieve this?
- …without raising the temperature
- …minimising the drama
- In a way that will (hopefully) enable you to be heard, by those who can –with you - make a change.
- Contexts – school / work, friends, family.
3. Managing Difficult Feelings
Suitable for Year 9 and above.
- Your mood patterns
- Identifying difficult feelings and starting to work with them
- Looking after yourself – developing emotional resilience
- How to spot when you need to make a change
- Defining emotional strength, recognising fragility and working with it
- Your network of friends, relatives, professionals and how to get best use out of them
4. The adolescent brain and my changing relationships
- Adolescent brain development
- Changes to family life
- Changes in peer-group relationship
- The struggle to emerge as an individual within a group
- Areas of vulnerability in adolescence
- Looking after myself – a resilient you
- Being responsible for my relationships – resilient relationships
5. Student Leadership
Any age – works well in mixed age groups – eg training day for your school council
- Leadership in the wider world – context in UK / Europe / the world
- Leadership case studies
- Leadership styles
- Taking the lead in your school community
- Consultation and representing others