This is a ‘resilience training program’ designed for delivery within New Zealand schools by teachers or counsellors with the aim to assist young people to learn the skills that are essential for ‘resilience’.
The program is designed to be delivered over three 45–60 minute interactive sessions for groups of up to 30 people, followed by a fourth wrap-up summery session. Other format options are available based on site, student year, group flexibility and need.
1. Let’s Make Me Resilient: Participants learn to apply cognitive concepts and skills from sport, health, and performance psychology - to living everyday life and facing challenges from a positive perspective. Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn to apply three specific “Think the Way Resilient People Think” strategies for when they find themselves in difficult or challenging situations.
2. Real Stress Management Skills: A training to specifically address the types of stressors we most commonly face. We will help participants understand how stress works, and how it affects our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours (including self-destructive and addictive behaviours). Most importantly, this session focuses on providing participants with actual, practical, personal and inter-personal stress management techniques and skills that they will be able to use immediately. Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific useful stress management techniques for the times that they can’t change their situation.
3. Making Difficult Conversations Easier: We all need to communicate, but for a lot of us, the conversations we really need to have, are the hardest for us to start and finish. They are the ones we end up avoiding – which often just makes things worse. This session will cover some good ways to figure out what you need to say, to who, and how to say it. Anticipated learning outcomes: Students will learn 2-3 specific face-to-face communication techniques and strategies that will help them communicate more effectively with peers, parents, family, teachers, and
strangers – specifically when they need to – but don’t know how.
4. What have we learned – this session draws together the three previous session, recaps the learning and build student confidence that they can build their ‘resilience’.