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Code: OTSA/18/76 Working with Troubled and Troublesome Boys

Boys get a bad press. They can be wonderful, dreadful, straightforward, complicated. They say they don’t care when, clearly, they do.

This workshop will be about understanding and supporting the boys we work with, the boys who delight and disappoint us, who surprise and frustrate us. Amongst other themes, we’ll explore boys and sex, schoolwork, intimacy, mother-figures, anger, dependency, father-figures, girls, groups, separation, sexuality.

The workshop is for professionals whose work includes supporting boys. It will include some theory but will also be a chance to look practically at the work we do with boys, the relationships we have with them and the difficult situations they find themselves in.

Cost:

£95 + VAT (Total £114)

 

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 15 January 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/19/26 Are you looking to develop a Peer Support Scheme in your school?

Peer supporters’ roles vary from school to school and encompass a wide range of activities.

It is a much recognised and valued system in schools enabling older students to provide emotional or practical support to younger students, developing self-esteem, trust, independence, resilience and compassion.

This workshop will look at and explore how to recruit, train, manage and develop a Peer Support Scheme within your school - sharing ideas of what has worked in different environments, and providing useful and appropriate knowledge, skills and guidance to establish, progress and maintain a peer support programme within your own setting.

Peer Support:

· Is a voluntary activity
· Takes place between those of a similar age, role or background
· Provides positive benefits in schools, youth groups etc.
· Enables those who participate to gain life skills in support of their own emotional development

Cost to attend: £95 + VAT (£114)

 

A bit about the workshop facilitator:

The workshop will be led by Debbie Lee. Debbie is a trainer, school counsellor, psychodrama psychotherapist (UKCP registered). She has worked in schools as a therapist for the past 25 years and is passionate about developing therapy and Therapeutic Thinking in Education. Debbie is the Head Counsellor at King Alfred’s Academy.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 30 January 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/77 You've got absolutely no idea! Working with Difficult Girls

How do girls make sense of a world in which they must be all things to all people: glamorous and hard-working, assertive and caring, collaborative and single-minded? And how do we help girls when they can’t talk about these things? When they get stuck, enacting their feelings at their own and at other people’s expense?

This workshop will be a chance to share our learning and expertise. There will be some theory but a lot of the day will be practical: thinking about and practising ways of helping girls who are disappointed, hurt, angry, bitter, despairing, cut off from the world sometimes and, at other times, waging war against it.

The workshop will be of particular interest to professionals working with young people in education, health, social services or other professional contexts.

Cost:

£95 + VAT (Total £114)

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 7 February 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/78 Developing self-esteem and supporting young people with sex and sexuality

Praise often makes no difference. Encouragement often falls on deaf ears. And yet without self-esteem, life feels unbearable for many young people. So what exactly is ‘self-esteem’? How do young people develop it? How does a sense of self develop in the first place? How can a damaged self ever be repaired so that young people can start living more confidently? And how does self-esteem affect the way young people approach sex and sexuality, because all young people are developing as sexual beings whether they like it or not. Regardless of whether they happen to be in sexual relationships, sexuality pervades their lives, affecting their behaviour, their readiness to learn, their happiness. Some of them get stuck. Some get angry. Some get sad. Some feel like giving up. How do we help young people talk about their hopes and fears and experiences? How and when do we offer advice? How and when do we listen? How do we help young people discuss the things that really matter?

 

COST:

£95 + VAT (Total £114)

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Thursday 28 February 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/79 So you want to be a School Counsellor? (Weekend Workshop)

Being a school counsellor is different from being a counsellor who happens to work in a school. This weekend workshop is for anyone thinking of applying or already starting to work as a school counsellor, including those still training to be counsellors.

What makes a school counsellor effective, both in and out of the counselling room? This workshop will present ideas about:

  • how the school counsellor becomes a whole-school resource, thinking systemically about the school
  • how counselling becomes a normal part of school life
  • counselling staff
  • managing peer support with students
  • responding to parents
  • collaborating with other services both in and out of school

Most importantly, this workshop will explore ideas about how counselling goes beyond ‘listening’ and ‘empathising’ to become therapeutically incisive with credibility in the corridors and staffroom.

Cost:

£150 + VAT (Total £180)*
*Cost includes lunch and refreshments on both days, but does not include overnight accommodation

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Saturday 9 March 2019 10:00 - 17:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map
2 Sunday 10 March 2019 09:30 - 15:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/80 The Enemy in my Head: Helping Young People Make Sense of their Parents, their Teachers and Authority

Young people’s behaviour is always informed by feelings about their parents, feelings which then inform their relationships with teachers and other authority-figures in their lives. So how do we help them when their parents are separated and hating each other, when they’re with new partners, when they’re inconsistent, when they break promises? How do we help young people who love and hate their parents? Or love one parent and hate the other? Or have never met or have no memory of a parent? Or have only ever heard bad things about that person? What does all this mean for young people trying to make sense of who they are, of the people who made them, of what it means to love and feel betrayed? How do we help young people develop an autobiography that’s flexible and nuanced rather than black and white, a sense of themselves that allows for hate as well as love, shyness as well as exuberance, anger as well as kindness?

This workshop will include some theoretical input, but the emphasis of the day will be practical and experiential. We’ll share ideas, experiences and learn together. The day will be of particular interest to professionals working with young people in education, health, social services, counselling or other contexts.

Cost:

£95 + VAT (Total £114)

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Tuesday 26 March 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/18/81 You're not like me! Young People, Identity, Bullying & Failure

It’s hard for young people to know what to think, what to feel and how to behave when they’re still trying to work out who they are. Sometimes they get stuck with certain behaviours because the story they’re telling about themselves has also got stuck. So how do we help them develop more flexible autobiographies? How do we help them to think about themselves instead of just acting out their anxieties, sometimes disastrously, taking out their feelings on other people, including their feelings about failure and not being good enough?

This workshop will go on to explore bullying as something that’s likely to happen whenever people who are anxious. Bullying happens between individuals but is also a group phenomenon. We’ll explore the dynamics that create bullying behaviour in the first place and at strategies that make for more productive relationships between people.

The workshop will be theoretical as well as experiential and practical. We’ll think about our own experiences as well as the experiences of the young people with whom we’re working. We’ll practise and learn together. The day will be of particular interest to professionals working with young people in education, health, social services, counselling and other contexts.

Cost:

£95 + VAT (Total £114)

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 1 May 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map

Code: OTSA/19/28 Working With Parents

There are times when we all need to communicate with parents of people who we are working with.

As Counsellors - We often find that this is a conflict and aim to avoid talking with parents, let alone meet them.

As School Staff - We are often the only people who offer time or initiate conversations with parents about their children. Opening up opportunities to talk about behaviours, worries, fears, praise and observations about their children's abilities in education and the social world of school.

The workshop will be led by Debbie Lee. Debbie is a trainer,  school counsellor, psychodrama psychotherapist (UKCP registered) She has worked in schools as a therapist for the past 25 years. Debbie is passionate about developing therapy and Theraputic Thinking in Education. Debbie is the Head Counsellor at King Alfred's Academy.

 

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 Wednesday 15 May 2019 09:30 - 16:00 King Alfred's Academy (West Site) Map