Hear from one of our teenage course participants...
"It’s a course about teenage behaviour which helps you to understand how your brain works and why you do certain things. The course has helped me to see things differently. I feel like now I can manage my anger and help others to, too. I am positive it will definitely help me in the future whether it be sitting out fights or simply not caring what others think as much."
This first session focusses on the pruning process during the teenage years, teaches about the role of the amygdala in relation to the teenage years and how we can use that knowledge to have calmer responses. Based on our interpretation of the work of Dr Dan Seigel and the Solihull Approach Model.
Students work backwards from an incident where they have been angry. They identify their values and link offended values to negative behaviour. They consider the early signs of big emotions and plan tips and techniques for expressing these needs and feelings in a more positive way.
After conflict young people can often find it hard to see things from the other person's perspective. This session uses case studies to teach how conflict produces needs and these are the same for both the victim and the perpetrator.
Shame happens the moment that a good feeling is interrupted. This session helps students to identify when shame has been triggered, teaches our automated responses to shame and focusses on them ‘putting it right' through the use of the restorative questions.
This session uses familiar conflict situations to help young people to further develop their restorative behaviour and responses to conflict. The case studies allow for plenty of practice using the restorative questions.
The course culminates in practical application of all of the theory taught in the previous sessions. Students take turns supporting their peers in resolving a conflict situation using the restorative questions.
We use breakout rooms to role play asking the questions:
What happened? What were you thinking at the time? What have your thoughts been since? How do you feel about what has happened? Who has been affected by what happened and how? What can we do to put things right?