Workshops

Workshops are an effective tool in catering to crucial psycho-social needs of your students and staff.

They can be adapted to fit the specific needs of your school, your learners, and/or your employees.

Sexual Education

In the workshops that I have facilitated in the past, it was clear that the students (specifically the younger students) are not well informed about sex. This is not okay in a country such as South Africa where HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy are widespread issues. Our youth need to be spoken to about sex with openness and honesty. They need a safe space to ask questions and receive the correct answers.

This DOES NOT encourage them to have sex, but rather provides them with all the information that they need in order to make an informed decision. Research has proven that sexual education leads to a decrease in negative outcomes such as STI’s, teenage pregnancy and sexual violence.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Emotional and physical effects of having sex
  • Contraception
  • HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections
  • Peer pressure
  • The link between substance abuse & sex
  • Rape and sexual abuse
  • Myths and facts about sex and sexual abuse
  • What to do / who to contact in case of an emergency

Kindness is FUN

Kindness is Friendship. Kindness is Understanding. Kindness is sometimes finding a New perspective.

I can already hear the voices of some learners saying ‘That’s lame!’ and teachers may think ‘but we teach our students that anyway’. However, one key to learning and truly understanding a concept is repetition, right? Another key to learning is through having fun – sometimes termed accidental learning.
Kindness if FUN is an interactive and engaging workshop aimed at decreasing the rising prevalence of bullying.

Areas covered:

  • What is bullying?
  • Why do people bully?
  • What can I do if I am being bullied? (conflict resolution skills / communication skills)
  • What can I do if I am a bully? (anger management skills)
  • Developing self-awareness and self-esteem
  • Speaking and learning about different cultures and beliefs

Life Skills

I have conducted life skills workshops in various schools in the Western Cape. Learners always finish the workshops with a sense of accomplishment, increased self-awareness and self-esteem, a renewed hunger for education, new knowledge and practical tools to use in their daily lives, and a greater respect for themselves, their peers, and their communities.

Life skills workshops can be adapted in order to fit the specific requirements of the school and the students. I will work closely with you to determine the best course of action. You will receive a full itinerary of the workshops and will be kept updated of the progress. However, it is important to understand that any personal information that arises during the sessions will be kept strictly confidential (between myself and the students) unless I feel it is necessary to inform a teacher, principal or parent.

Workshops can include:

  • Self-esteem Building
  • Goal Setting
  • Coping Skills
  • Career Guidance
  • Study Skills
  • Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Sexual Education
  • Bullying
  • Substance Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • CV Writing and Interview Skills

For Teachers

As we know, teachers wear many masks. We are educators, care-givers, motivators, disciplinarians, comedians, dictionaries. This can be exhausting, and we all need a little help sometimes. Workshops will equip teachers with the knowledge that they need to pick up on any potential mental health or psychosocial problems with their students, as well as the skills and resources needed to help such students. Furthermore, they will help the teachers help themselves. Burnout is a serious issue that needs to be openly addressed, especially in such a demanding environment.

Burnout

  • Causes
  • Signs and symptoms
  • The dangers if left untreated
  • Healthy and unhealthy coping techniques

Fostering mental well-being in the classroom

  • Recognizing when a learner is facing a problem (signs and symptoms of trauma, bullying, abuse; and common mood, substance, and learning disorders) and possible steps to take
  • Being present for your students (listening skills, breathing and mindfulness techniques)

Contact me for additional information.