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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: Learning and Development 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 learning and development, there are (in separately published manuals) 40 sessions on self-management, 40 sessions on health and well-being, and 40 sessions on relationships.
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. 204 pages. 978-1-905541-41-6. Published 2009. £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 the handouts
Electronic supply of the handouts
Introduction session for essential life skills
Unlocking your potential
Identifying what is important
Increasing positive energy
Taking stock of your skills
The freedom of boundaries
Learning to learn
How I learn
Overcoming barriers to learning
Planning to learn
The learning power of questions
What motivates me?
Creating a vision
Active motivating strategies
Watch your language!
To be a life coach!
Changing your attitude
Monitoring progress and avoiding inertia
When the going gets tough
Using communication styles to change feelings
Emotional health and self-development through writing
Using emotional communication skills
Releasing your creativity
Don't live with it: improve it!
Promoting your creativity
Life management skills
Rules for living
Marketing your strengths and skills
Learning to negotiate
What am I like?
What am I capable of?
Exploring my life themes
How I appear to other people
Learning from experience
Learning from life events
A day in the life
The power of feedback
Tuning in to values
Planning for your future
What I really, really want
Stepping stones to successful planning
Making it happen
Overcoming obstacles to achievement
End session for essential life skills
Index to the complete 4-volume set of instant session plans
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.
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