Instant session plans for essential life skills: SELF-MANAGEMENT
By Robin Dynes

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  • To help meet demands, perhaps at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills...
  • To enable you to respond quickly and effectively, when it becomes apparent that a carefully planned programme that you are facilitating will not meet some of the needs that are emerging...

  • This resource-bank of Instant Session Plans can enable both inexperienced and experienced facilitators to make 'instant' and timely changes to programme sessions, and respond positively to specific requirements of group members for: coping with the events and situations they face daily; having their personal needs met; and achieving their ambitions.

    Instant Sessions Plans for Essential Life Skills: Self Management contains:
  • pointers on setting up a group, avoiding discrimination, health and safety, organising sessions, preparing for role-play, homework
  • an introduction session to use when starting to work with a new group
  • a session to bring the group to an end
  • 4 sessions on each of these 10 different life skill topics: assertiveness; building confidence; time management; self-esteem; anger management; stress; daily living skills; managing change; self-awareness; encouraging creative thinking.

  • Each session can be used: on its own; as a supplement to other material; as part of a programme of several sessions tailored to meet particular needs; as part of a comprehensive course. Each session requires minimum preparation and lasts about one hour. Each contains aims, plans, homework assignments, photocopiable handouts, plus clear step-by-step instructions for the group leader, with timings, for activities that involve participants working as a group, on their own, in pairs and in sub-groups. In addition to these 40 sessions on self management, there are - in separately published manuals - 40 sessions on health and well-being, 40 sessions on learning and development, and 40 sessions on relationships. Visit and search on Instant Session Plans for full details, publication dates, and how purchasers of the manuals can subsequently obtain electronic copies of handouts.

    For youth workers, therapists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, care staff, prison and probation staff, and teachers... This flexible and adaptable 'toolkit' resource has been tried and tested over many years of work with people in diverse groups. It can help facilitators address issues of mental ill health, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, alcohol and drug addiction, anti-social and offending behaviour, and preparing to return to work after a long absence. It can be used in work with young people at the cusp of adulthood, and with adults of all ages. Discussion and practical exercises are related to group members' everyday experiences to make the learning and development both dynamic and enjoyable.

    A4 wiro. 184 pages. 978-1-905541-26-3. Published 2008. £34.95.


    Youth workers, therapists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, care staff, prison and probation staff, and teachers.



    What does this book offer?
    What are essential life skills?
    How to use this book
    The importance of homework
    Organising the sessions
    Photocopying permission for use of handouts
    Electronic supply of handouts
    Introduction session for essential life skills


    What type of behaviour
    Saying 'No'
    Expressing ideas and feelings
    Dealing with criticism
    Building confidence
    About confidence
    What makes me feel confident?
    Making positive use of self-talk
    Building confidence
    Time management
    Time management over a short time-scale
    Time management over a long time-scale
    Planning and reviewing the day
    Exploring attitudes and barriers to time management
    What is self-esteem?
    Building a self-image
    Building self-respect
    Asking for what you want
    Anger management
    Understanding anger
    Changing thoughts, physical reactions and behaviour
    Dealing with people who are angry
    Managing fear and anger
    Understanding stress
    Responding to anxiety self-talk
    Using strategies
    Finding support
    Daily living skills
    Personal, home and social management skills
    Making decisions
    Resolving conflicts
    Managing change
    What do I want to change?
    A process for managing change
    Increasing adaptability to change
    Overcoming obstacles to change
    Discovering values
    Acknowledging strengths and conquering weaknesses
    Checking self-concepts
    All about me
    Encouraging creative thinking
    Creative reflecting
    Creative possibilities
    Backward solutions
    Other viewpoints

    End session for essential life skills


    Robin Dynes
    is Social Inclusion Officer for Adult Learning in his local authority. He has managed a mental health day centre, worked in a number of psychiatric hospitals and is a trainer and qualified counsellor. He is the author of several books including Creative Games in Groupwork, Positive Interaction Skills and The Group Leader's Toolkit.


    "This toolkit offers four sessions on each of the 10 topics covered, ranging from assertiveness to self-esteem, stress and time management. Sessions require minimal preparation and last around an hour. The plans include photocopiable handouts and guidance on running activities. Sessions can also be used as part of a wider programme." Youth Work Now.