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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: Relationships 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 relationships, there are - in separately published manuals - 40 sessions on self-management, 40 sessions on health and wellbeing, and 40 sessions on learning and development.
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 wirobound. 208 pages. 978-1-905541-42-3. Published 2009. £34.95
Youth workers, therapists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, care staff, prison and probation staff, and teachers
Photocopying permission for use of the handouts
Electronic supply of the handouts
What are essential life skills?
Why 'Instant Session Plans'?
What is offered?
How to use this book
Setting up a group
Health and safety
Preparing for role-play
The importance of homework
Organising the sessions
Introduction session for essential life skills
What does your body language say?
Overcoming barriers to good relationships
Good boundaries make good relationships
Establishing healthy relationships
Being open to forming new relationships
Resolving conflicting roles
Dealing with personal conflicts
Examining relationship beliefs
Building a support network
Strengthening your support network
Being true to commitments
Ensuring relationships are supportive
Taking responsibility for feelings
Different ways to express feelings
Reaching out to others
People you know
Making friends in the community
Reducing unfriendly behaviour
Working with other people
Interacting with colleagues
Expressing gratitude and changing attitude
Working with conflicting personalities
Taking advantage of feedback
Being part of a team
What is a team?
Learning to negotiate
Being an effective team member
Reviewing and maintaining your network
Exploring networking skills
Personal skills and qualities I can offer
Using your network when things go wrong
Preparing for interviews
Under the spotlight
Managing the interview
End session for essential life skills
Electronic supply of the handouts from Instant Session Plans for Essential Life Skills: Relationships
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.
"Valuable resources on group topics that are common in relationships.
"It is a practical workbook which is very user friendly, for both seasoned and less experienced practitioners. Materials needed for the group are minimal; most require only a whiteboard or flipchart and markers. Each session is clearly outlined with step-by-step instructions on how to facilitate the group, as well as photocopiable handouts for group participants.
"As a practitioner working in the addiction field and mainly in groups, this is a welcome addition to my 'toolkit' which I will revisit again and again, as the topics covered are particularly relevant to the individual recovering from addiction.
"As an added bonus, when you buy the book you are entitled to a free electronic supply of all handouts." Addiction Today
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