Context for Programme:

Young people learn more effectively if they are happy and feel supported in school. Building resilience and emotional well-being is crucial to their school progress and their success in life.” (Department of Education and Skills, 2013).

Young people are living in a world filled with more choice and opportunity than any previous generation. However, this choice and opportunity brings challenges and from time to time unfulfilled expectations for students, which all impacts upon their sense of well-being.

Some recent reports on well-being and young people have identified that:

• “Between 2009 and 2011, Ireland had the highest rate of female youth suicide and the second highest rate of male youth suicide in the European Union.” (Children’s Rights Alliance, UN report 2015).

• “Mental health is a growing health, social and economic issue and it is expected that depressive mental illnesses will be the leading cause of chronic disease in high-income countries by 2030.” (HSE, 2014).

• “One in every four people will experience mental health problems during his/her lifetime.” (HSE, 2014).

This programme was developed by John Doran, who has worked as a teacher and now guidance counsellor in the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge for over 20 years and builds upon his own experience of delivering well-being courses to students.

As part of the training programme teachers are provided with a resource pack which guides them through the effective delivery of the Ways to Well-Being Programme.

Content of Programme:

The content of the programme is designed around the five core areas of relationship which affect well-being:
• Life
•  Emotions
• Mindset, meaning and purpose
• Past, present and future
• Personality, talent and performance.

In addition teachers are introduced to:
• Methodologies for exploring well-being with students.
• The context for delivering a well-being programme in school exploring some of the stress factors in students’ lives.

Outcomes:

Following the 2-day train-the-trainer well-being programme, teachers:
• Are equipped and feel confident to deliver a well-being programme to senior cycle students.
• Know how to increase students’ self-management, problem-solving, communication, self-esteem and resilience skills.
• Are capable of engaging students in mindfulness practice and activities.

Wellbeing-workbookAn additional student workbook, Ways to Well-being is available for all students taking the programme.

 

Teacher Testimonials

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Ian Smith, International School Geneva September 9, 2016

 “Outstanding and compelling training. Relevant and engaging helping to enhance practice to make a difference for young people.”

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Logistics

Duration: 2-day training
Audience: Teachers interested in delivering a well-being programme of 50 hours duration to senior cycle students.

Cost: €295  (20% discount for 3 or more teachers from same school)

Dates:

6th & 7th October 2017, Citywest Hotel, Dublin
9th & 10th March 2018, Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone
13th & 14th April 2018, Citywest Hotel, Dublin

 

Terms and Conditions: Minimum of 20 participants per training, the Super Generation reserve the right to offer alternative dates if training is not filled. Full training fees due if cancelled within 7 days of training.
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