Trainings and Workshops for Schools (and Families)
I. Advanced Wellbeing And Happiness Principles Bootcamp
Format: A full day training workshop for age bands of 7-10 year olds, 11-13 year olds, and 14-16 year olds.
Part 1. The relationship between thought and wellbeing. The experience of happiness may be enhanced by self-realisation, a supportive family environment or having friends and social connections, etc. However, happiness and wellbeing are actually internal experiences and as such can be fostered and experienced regardless of external events or contexts. Access to the experience of wellbeing is regulated by thought, which is deeply influenced by the unconscious mind as well as the conscious choices of what we do with our thinking. The purpose of the training is in teaching students, using age appropriate examples and metaphors, to be able to separate their inner state of wellbeing and happiness from 'external' experience in their lives via understanding of the thought-feeling dyad. An additional by-product of teaching happiness principles is emotional resiliency that facilitates appropriate self-realisation, internally driven self-esteem and good family and peer relations.
Part 2. Stress elimination techniques. The benefits of mindfulness and meditation are known to reduce the effects of stress. However, not everyone finds the time, space or mental focus for sustained meditative practice, and furthermore, revision / exam stress may return as soon as the student’s mind refocuses on the academic task. Therefore, being armed with an effective and rapid stress relief tool may be crucial for effective emotional state management. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as Tapping, provides such a tool, the fundamentals of which can be easily taught within a daily workshop.
II. Fostering Wellbeing at Home
Format: 2 hour workshop / presentation for parents
Outline: The workshop will explain the tenets of innate mental wellbeing, thus giving parents a common ground with their children and boosting their own work performance where relevant. The workshop will also specifically address applying the principles of wellbeing to real-life parenting problems that can be prepared and / or confidentially gathered before the event. As a result of attending this workshop, parents will be able to speak “the language of wellbeing” with a child at home ensuring internal motivation and a peaceful home study environment.
III. Advanced Wellbeing and Stress Elimination Evening Workshop
Format: a 2 hour after school event for students of various ages.
Outline: As we know, children can be emotionally unstable and what seems like overly sensitive to external triggers. With the use of modern psychological methods, such as Emotional Freedom Technique, it is possible to alleviate and frequently completely resolve any emotional issues. These techniques can be taught to children as a self-management tool (from the age of 7) and can be introduced in various formats. It can be done within a two-hour evening workshop. It should first be taught to staff (Option IV below) and staff can decide if they want to teach it as they know it to students or have Dr Garfield present for the introduction.
IV. Advanced Wellbeing and Emotional First Aid
Format: a full-day INSET day training for school staff
Outline: Evidently, it is paramount for school staff to be leaders in students’ wellbeing and fostering their emotional resiliency to study and other pressures. This CPD event day for staff is therefore aimed at advancing staff understanding of wellbeing and happiness principles that may be introduced for students and parents at other training events (above). School staff will also be trained in emotional “first aid” techniques (such as Emotional Freedom Technique) that will facilitate quick conflict and stress resolution and bad mood management within class format where other techniques like meditation may be inappropriate due to lesson time constraints.
NB: All of the above trainings to be delivered by Dr Shoshana Garfield (with assistance of Dr Sasha Mitrofanov, PhD).