Anyone who wants to have healthy interactions with the youth of today will benefit from this course. If you work in a profession with young students or have the pleasure of being parents look no further. In the United Kingdom 75% of all mental health problems are established by the time someone is 18 years of age. By giving young people the support they need at the right time, problems can be managed and prevented. This is a serious issue and one where we can work together.
When people think that a supporting or parenting role comes naturally, they are correct. But it comes naturally the way you learnt it. It does not necessarily come naturally to do it differently. That is why we have developed a course to help you understand the minds of our children. How can you offer your best self to meet the needs of our youth.
Every adult has the scope to cultivate new skills. Putting the effort and energy into learning about the most effective techniques and strategies in supporting the youth will pay dividends in years to come. We will also take you on a journey of self-discovery. You will leave the room learning a lot about yourself from your childhood and gain a set of tools to help the younger generation.
‘Children are great imitators. So, give them something great to imitate.’
Physical and mental wellbeing
An important part of being a parent or support network is looking after yourself too. If there is an imbalance in life it can be difficult to deal with daily challenges. When you renew yourself you create growth and a sense of happiness that permeates in all areas of your life. To achieve this it will take desire, knowledge and skill. We look to balance all four physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions. Participants will realise the impressions left on their own consciousness from their childhood. This allows you to understand how our own emotions have an impact on those around us. We will complete a series of activities that help us become more self-aware both individually and in our relationships. The questions given will provide a new paradigm that will help you monitor and manage your emotions.
How a child’s brain changes with age
We look at areas of the brain responsible for impulse control, problem solving, decision making and behaviour management. Developmental Psychologists have established how parents or adults who better understand the stages along the way can help guide their child over hurdles. The brain undergoes a complete overhaul in the teenage years and they will start to operate from their emotional brain. We will understand how the changes in hormones affect our children and provide techniques on how to support them.
The needs of our children at different stages of life
We look at how the type of support changes at key stages of development. A child will always need your love but in different ways. We discuss our model that will help adults to identify what areas to focus on through adolescence to adult life. The needs of our children will change and adults who are able to understand this will assist those under their care more effectively. Key topics discussed will be self-esteem, emotional impact both internal and external, social skills, importance of role models, service, relationships and more. We will help to prepare the soil, help to grow the right seeds and then see our youth bud into colourful flowers.
Working it out together
This part focusses on communication. We provide you with techniques to successfully allow the youth to do their emotional homework. Our aim is to allow teenagers to share their inner thoughts with us and create a safe environment for that to take place. One area that we focus on specifically is our active listening skills. Adults will participate in different scenarios and learn the skills needed for a healthy dialogue. Our methods will help our learners to be more confident in dealing with situations at home and the ability to have difficult conversations. We also look at issues that immobilise our teenagers. Main points of discussion are social anxieties which includes social media. How teenagers often turn to technology for their social fix and the risks associated with this. Furthermore, we discuss how adults can provide support during stressful periods such as exams and work-related issues. We provide tools that help you validate their emotions and new skills on how to approach these issues. A glimpse into the teenage world will allow us to converse on drugs, alcohol, depression and other key topics.
Questions and answers
We provide enough time for participants to ask questions. This opportunity helps to enrich and deepen the experience of the workshop. In addition, we provide a framework that helps adults to process their thoughts. The structure will allow participants to go from a stage of knowledge and reflection through to application. This progression will help our attendees see transformation in themselves and those relationships around us.