Resilience Building Course for Children

The course will be given by Laura Murtagh, Educational Psychologist and Primary Teacher.

This 10-week programme aims to assist children build resilience and self-esteem and to learn important skills and techniques to cope with feelings of fear, worry and unhappiness through the use of fun and interactive activities.

The course will take place on Tuesdays at 4.30pm – 5.30pm for 7-9 year-olds and from 5.30pm to 6.30pm for 10-12 year-olds. Booking is essential as places are limited to a maximum of 10 per group.

It will start on Tuesday 16th January 2018 and the venue is Swinford Cultural Centre.

Rationale for the Course

We are hearing more and more about the benefits of resilience for our emotional well-being. Resilience is generally referred to as the ability to overcome adversity; achieving positive outcomes regardless of life events or circumstance. Stress and worry are part of life and, unfortunately, we do not always have control over stressful life events. Therefore, it is important that we do as much as we can to increase our resilience. Research has shown that while our genetics play a part in our levels of resilience as well as life circumstances, there is also a lot we can do and learn to build resilience and offset the potential for negative outcomes. Teaching these skills to children empowers them to cope with life’s challenges early on, which in turn leads to a greater sense of self-efficacy as they develop.

This course is based on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Theory and it will be delivered through the use of fun and interactive activities such as group discussion, role play, group tasks, cooperative games, drawing, art, individual reflective exercises and meditation.

Course Content

  • Identifying emotions and physical signs associated with different emotions
  • Developing empathy
  • Relaxation skills
  • Practising mindfulness
  • Identifying and changing self-talk and thoughts
  • Learning about the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Problem solving
  • Addressing and creating a plan to overcome a personal fear, worry or personal challenge
  • Creating a menu of healthy rewards
  • Accessing support networks
  • Self-esteem building
  • Practising gratitude
  • Incorporating skills learned into everyday life

Parents/guardians will be provided with information each week on what has been covered in each class to enable them to discuss the content with their children and help them put the skills into practice in their everyday lives.

To book a place email laura@educationalpsychologist.ie or complete the form below and Laura will be in touch. Booking is essential as places are limited. The cost of the 10-week course is €120.

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