What are you Trying to Tell Me?

Understanding Mental Health & Well-being in the classroom. A two day training for teachers in the outdoors blending theory and practice.

Date: 2020 TBC
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex.
Cost: tbc
Time: 09.00 - 16.30.
Booking: Opening soon. Please email to register your interest.
Key Overview:
  • This two-day training will be hosted, contained and facilitated by the natural environment, drawing on the broad body of evidence that shows how this supports positive mental health and wellbeing.
  • Building on the skills brought by each participant and exploring our shared direct experience of working with children and young people, together we will de-mystify mental health, explore behaviour as communication and seek to understand how we all do what we need in our given circumstances to survive.
  • Underpinned by cutting edge research on mental health and well-being and nature based practices, the course is experiential and will deliver practical skills to support your work in the classroom drawing on aspects of neuroscience, play, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative techniques, body based practices, compassion, effective communication and reflective practice. The training is purposefully designed to hold self-care as a central aspect of our work.

What themes underpin this training?

  • Behaviour is always communication – hence what are you trying to tell me?
  • How to apply to working directly with children and young people.
  • Reframing and Demystifying mental health.
  • Recognise the systems around the child & YP and their networks.
  • Shared humanity and dignity.
  • The value of nature for well-being and mental health.
  • The empowerment of the experts – that’s you.
  • Importance of reflective practice and attention to yourself.
  • The doing & being, not always thinking. Being hopeful.
  • Not ‘what’s wrong’ with the YP or child. It can be helpful to ‘normalise/express/give words to’ difficult feelings.
  • Safe space to explore communication: moving from behaviour to healthy communication. With younger or non-verbal children, we learn to look for patterns.

Key Content:

  • Narrative – our stories.
  • Power Threat Meaning Framework – 4 Qs. Behaviour is survival (environment is key).
  • Importance of the body / senses.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – impact of beliefs / thoughts on how we respond / behave.
  • Effective communication.
  • Current Neuroscience.
  • Compassion.
  • Reflection time.
  • Case studies.
  • Embodied learning & Play.
Note: This training has been created in collaboration with a number of experts and professionals within health and education.
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