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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:
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 www.russellhouse.co.uk 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
Expressing ideas and feelings
Dealing with criticism
What makes me feel confident?
Making positive use of self-talk
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
Asking for what you want
Changing thoughts, physical reactions and behaviour
Dealing with people who are angry
Managing fear and anger
Responding to anxiety – self-talk
Daily living skills
Personal, home and social management skills
What do I want to change?
A process for managing change
Increasing adaptability to change
Overcoming obstacles to change
Acknowledging strengths and conquering weaknesses
All about me
Encouraging creative thinking
End session for essential life skills
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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