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EDUCATION BASED STAFF TRAINING

Using Motivational dialogue to encourage positive behaviour and behaviour change in children & young people:- (Learning Interventions/events from one hour or longer events lasting up to 3 day courses are available)

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Creating a safe, non-threatening environment for discussion of behaviour and change with young people;

Help a child/young person move to being ready to discuss and potentially begin to make changes in his/her behaviour;

Enabling tutors to address the problem in learners of lack of commitment to engage in learning or behaviour change;

Create empathy with learners through the use of skills and techniques;

Elicit self-motivational statements from the learner – the learner presents the case for wanting/needing to change their behaviour;

Clear do’s and don’ts of how to work with learners dependent upon their stage/readiness to change Decreasing potential resistance to change in learners;

Challenging a learners view in a non-confrontational manner;

Consciousness raising-Help a learner increase their perception, judgement and awareness of their behaviour;

Enabling learners to realise that problem behaviour may conflict with personal values;

Assess a learners readiness and motivation to change;

Creating a cost-benefit analysis with the learner with regard to the potential ‘gains & losses’ they may encounter with behaviour change;

Substituting some of the satisfactions gained from poor behaviour by the positives from any changed behaviour;

Clarifying goals;

Assisting in developing realistic strategies to facilitate behaviour change;

Building in safety mechanism which enables learners to understand that lapses and relapse in behaviour are part of the process of change.

Motivating children / young people to engage with education

Looks at theories of motivation; building emotional resilience in children; techniques and practical approaches to building motivation; approaches to behaviour change & motivation

Enhanced skills training around engagement and behaviour change for tutors working with children and parent/carers.

Identifying when a person is ready to change

This introduces the wheel of change as a way of identifying how ready an individual/family is to engage in the whole process of concerning behaviour change. This will then help with identifying what strategies should be used. What works in one situation may not always work in another. It also looks at the do's and don'ts of how to engage with individual’s dependent upon their identified 'stage'.

Solution Focussed engagement

This will enable teachers to be far more balanced in their assessment of family/child needs and will enhance their engagement skills with the child/parent/carer. Key principles like:

  • Identify and affirm strengths and qualities; seek exceptions to problems; reframe need;
  • deconstructing need will all be practised. Some techniques like scaling will also be covered.
  • The session will also cover targeting change and introduce the concept of Learned Helplessness in families.
  • Behaviour change
  • How do we deal with challenging behaviour- too often practitioners work and try to change the negative behaviour of the child rather than dealing with the underlying reasons and the effect on the emotions of the child? The importance that emotions have on behaviour is also oulined.
  • Effective questioning; look at key questions to use as part of effective engagement/assessment of need
  • Building empathy- How the use of empathy helps build the relationship.
  • The one element that research has always shown to be essential in effective engagement is empathy. Is empathy instinctive or can practitioners learn empathy? The session will look at how all practitioners can be more empathic in their work.
  • Various approaches on working with children and families to encourage engagement and behaviour change

This will briefly look at a variety of creative, practical and visual exercises to help families with the process of behaviour change

Solution focussed working for behaviour change in children & young people

Questions like “Why did you hit John” very rarely give staff a true insight into why an action happened- they rarely help in identifying a solution. However a question like “has there ever been a time when you have wanted to hit someone but managed to stop yourself” can help in identifying potential future strategies that are positive orientated rather than negative based. The course offers a variety of different skills and techniques to use with children and young people- effectively adding to a toolkit of skills teachers may already have.

Effective careers education and guidance discussions

  • What makes a well informed realistic decision about future career choice
  • How do young people make career decisions?
  • Effective engagement skills; Effective questioning skills;
  • Parental/carer involvement in the guidance process; Tools available to help practitioners