Stress Control in Schools – approaches to support young people, teachers and parents

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THURSDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2017

THE MEWS - NASUWT, CENTRAL EDINBURGH

HALF-DAY TRAINING SEMINAR

Event Outline

Originally developed for adults within the NHS, ‘Stress Control’ is about training and supporting individuals to become more emotionally resilient; to understand stress and to be able to manage their own feelings and thoughts – essentially, to develop the skills to become their own therapist.

Piloted in St Paul’s High School in Pollok, a new version of the programme has recently been developed for schools – providing eight dedicated PSE lesson plans teaching generic stress control skills to pupils; as well as training teachers in stress control techniques, ensuring schools can deliver early mental health interventions at no extra time or cost. Parents are also engaged as part of the programme in an attempt to ensure pupils, parents and teachers benefit from sharing similar skills and a similar language around mental health.

Specially designed in partnership with Dr Jim White, the Consultant Clinical Psychologist behind ‘Stress Control’, this half-day training seminar will offer delegates a taster of the Stress Control in Schools programme. Using a mix of presentations and interactive roundtable sessions, the seminar will explore:

  • What is stress? And how can it be managed?
  • The aims, outcomes and lessons learned from the Stress Control in Schools pilot project
  • The advantages of teaching generic stress control skills to secondary pupils and consider whether classes should be extended to younger, primary-age children
  • Widening stress control classes to develop a holistic approach to mental health in schools
  • The benefits to, and practicalities of, teaching pupils, parents and teachers similar skills and a similar language around mental health
  • Next steps and how you can take this forward in your school

Supported by

Speakers

Dr. Jim White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control

Pauline Logan

Deputy Head Teacher, St Paul's High School

Pupils from St Paul's High School

Agenda

08:30-09:00     Registration and morning refreshments

09:00-09:15     Welcome and introductions
Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control & Pauline Logan, Deputy Head Teacher, St Paul’s High School

Stress Control in Schools – early intervention and prevention

09:15-09:35     The ‘Stress Control in Schools’ project – a review

  • Aims and first steps
  • Training teachers and delivering the eight weekly, single period classes
  • Project outcomes and lessons learned
  • Further developments and next steps

09:35-10:00     What is stress?

Detailed examination of Stress Control in Schools Session 1: “What is stress?”

  • How do you know if someone is stressed?
  • The jigsaw
  • Stress Control in nine words (face your fears, be more active, boost your wellbeing)

10:00-10:30     Small group discussion: Teaching generic stress control skills to all 4th Year pupils

  • What are the advantages/disadvantages of this approach?
  • Are there any challenges or barriers to achieving this?
  • Should classes be extended to younger (including primary-age) pupils?

10:30-10:45     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Helping young people become their own therapist – Taster sessions of the ‘Stress Control in Schools’ classes

10:45-11:45     How the class works – “Controlling your Body”

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Caffeine and exercise
  • Belly breathing

How the class works – “Controlling your Thoughts”

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Everyday mindfulness: stop and smell the roses
  • Mindful belly breathing and Leaves in the stream

How the class works – “Getting a good night’s sleep”

  • Why is sleep important?
  • The Sleep cycle
  • Sleeping tips

How the class works – “Boosting your wellbeing”

  • Flourishing and Languishing
  • Four a day
  • Compassion and gratitude

Stress Control for teachers and parents too

11:45-12:10     Stress Control for pupils, teachers and parents

Killing three birds with one stone: Stress Control for pupils, teachers and parents – could offering the class to parents and pupils boost outcomes for both?

Taking what you have heard into your school

12:10-12:40     Small group discussion: Widening stress control classes to develop a holistic approach to mental health in schools

  • Do we need a holistic approach to mental health in schools?
  • What are the benefits to, and practicalities of, teaching pupils, parents and teachers similar skills and a similar language around mental health?
  • Are there any challenges or barriers to achieving this and how can we help?

12:40-13:00     Taking what you have heard into your school
Summary, individual and group reflections and next steps

13:00   Seminar close

Venue

Hosted by

The Mews
NASUWT Scotland
35 Young Street North Lane
Edinburgh
EH2 4JD

t: 0131 226 8480