School Wellbeing Workshops
Our workshops and programmes support primary and secondary schools with the CPSE and SPHE curriculum
At secondary level we focus on: Drug education, drugs and alcohol information, why, what happens, personal choices, risks, safety, and options. We also discuss anxiety, depression, sexuality and relationships, self harm and suicide, adolescents' mental health. We talk about why, what happens, controlling yourself, situations and events, personal choice, risk, safety and options.
At primary level we discuss (age appropriate approach) drugs, alcohol, mental health (WHO 5 age 9 plus) , suicide,self harm, eating disorders, adolescence, puberty, sexuality, relationships, loss/grief, separation & divorce, transitioning/managing change, coping and problem solving.
We use WHO 5*, the evidence based wellbeing index and look at each of the five wellbeing areas.
* The World Health Organisation- Five Well-Being Index (WHO-5) is a short self-reported measure of current mental wellbeing. It was first introduced in 1998 by the WHO Regional Office in Europe as part of the DEPCARE project on well-being measures in primary health care. The index has been found to have validity in screening for depression and in measuring outcomes in clinical trials.(Winther Topp et al., 2015).
Wellbeing Workshops for Education Professionals
There is now a strong body of evidence* that confirms the value of positive teacher-student relationships for learning and behaviour. The quality of relationships in a school, however, also impacts on teacher wellbeing and their ability to cope well with the many and varied stresses that are the hallmarks of the profession. This is one of the main causes of teacher attrition - teachers leaving their profession to do something else.
How teachers feel makes a difference to their ability to respond effectively to the challenges they face. Teacher resilience can be enhanced by specific actions that promote positive feelings of belonging, respect, value, and trust.**
We provide Wellbeing Workshops that support educational professionals when they teach their students about wellbeing and self-care. We also provide workplace wellbeing programmes with a focus on the role and relationship of the educator.
*Hattie, 2009; Roorda et al, 2011
Training for Teachers - Professional Development
We equip education professionals with tools and techniques that enable them to have conversations with students and parents on issues impacting a student's wellbeing and performance or behaviour.
We also provide education professionals with the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge on the issues that affect their pupils and students. This training enables teachers to talk about loss, grief, separation and divorce, eating disorders, drugs and alcohol, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, stress and bullying in the context of the
And other curriculum areas
Training can be tailored to a school's requirements and includes information on the problem area, the Irish context, related statistics, signs, symptoms, and effects (of the problem areas in the context of school), and teaching points to enhance wellbeing awareness and behaviours in a classroom setting.