Training Courses

Training Courses

 

Emotional Support Courses

Assertive Communication (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on how we communicate with other people, looking specifically at how best to get the outcomes we need.  The purpose of the workshop is to enable you to identify the situations when you find it difficult to be assertive and to find techniques that help you get your needs met.  We will:-
·  Consider what we mean by “assertiveness”
·  Think about the situations in which we find it difficult to be assertive, and why
·  Look at different ways of communicating and consider which work best for ourselves and others
·  Explore techniques we might use to be more assertive in our communication

 

Better Relationships (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on our relationships – with those we care for and others – and upon the challenges we face within those relationships.  We will:-
· Consider what we find difficult in relationships including anger, frustration, hurt and fear
· Look at how we communicate – and how we might do so more effectively
· Think about our needs and expectations and how we might aim to get those met

 

Challenging Behaviour (3 hours)
The course is designed to equip the Carer with strategies to assist them in coping with challenging behaviour. We will discuss:
· Defining what we mean by challenging behaviour
· Causes of this behaviour
· Managing behaviours: proactive and reactive strategies
· Managing recovery
· Your resilience – looking after yourself

 

Change and Loss (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on the changes and losses we might experience as a result of being carers and how they affect us.  The purpose of the workshop is to support you in dealing with the losses and changes you have experienced – and to bring about positive changes you might want – in order to take the best possible care of yourself.   We will:-
·  Think about the sort of changes that have happened in our lives since becoming carers and how we feel about them
·  Give consideration to notions of control, influence and acceptance in relation to change and how we feel about them
·  Consider the changes we might want to bring about, what barriers might prevent us from making changes and how we might overcome them
·  Think about how we can acknowledge losses in ways that feel safe and beneficial for us
·  Develop our own strategies to look after our on-going needs around change and loss

 

Managing Anger (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on our experience of anger – both our own and the anger of others close to us.  The purpose of the workshop is to enable you to consider ways to manage your response to anger in ways that are beneficial to you and your relationships.   We will:-
·  Consider what anger is and its place in our range of emotions
·  Think about how our anger is triggered and how we express it
·  Reflect on our experience of anger in others, how it affects us and how we respond to it
·  Consider changes we might want to make in order to express our anger more constructively
·  Think about how we might be able to respond differently to the anger of others

 

Managing Stress (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on the stress we experience as a result of being carers and the many ways in which this can impact upon our lives.  The purpose of the workshop is to enable you to identify the specific causes of stress in your life and to reduce and manage that stress as much as you can.  We will:-
·  Consider what we mean by “stress”
·  Think about the ways in which stress affects us – in terms of physical and emotional feelings and the ways in which we behave
·  Consider changes we might be able to make to reduce our stress
·  Look at what we might need in order to manage stresses that we think are unavoidable

 

Self Esteem (4 hours)
This workshop will focus on the view we take of ourselves; specifically, we will consider the ways in which we tend to judge ourselves harshly, our reasons for doing so and the impact this can has on our lives.  The purpose of the workshop is to help you to challenge your own negative self-judgements and to find strategies for thinking of yourself with greater kindness.  We will:-
·  Look at how low self-esteem is developed and maintained
·  Consider whether high self-esteem is the answer
·  Look at ways to manage self-criticism
·  Explore the concepts of self-acceptance and self-comparison and how we can cultivate them

 

 

Mindfulness (6 hours on a Saturday – run near Totnes


Although meditation and mindfulness can be helpful in managing stress, depression and anxiety our courses might not be suitable people experience experiencing major depression or other clinically diagnosed psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or current self-harming. We are not able not able to offer mindfulness as a ‘clinical intervention’, but rather as an aid to everyday health, wellbeing and in helping prevent relapse.

The introductory course will :-
·  Cover mindful practices involving sitting, lying down or gentle movement
· Bring attention to our sensations, emotions and thoughts
· Help with managing stress and enhancing wellbeing in your daily life
· Provide tips on applying mindfulness to your daily life

 

 

Dementia

 

Dementia (3 hours) –

We will cover:
• The different forms of Dementia explained
• Behaviours of Dementia
• Behaviours that need to be managed
• Techniques to manage behaviours
• Using life’s journey to give comfort
• Activities to encourage engagement
• Assisting with ADL’S (Activities of Daily living such as Personal care,  dressing, eating, mobility etc)
• Staying well and support for the Carer

 

 

Health and Safety

 

First Aid – (4.5 hours)

 

Carers will receive practical, hands-on learning including the following key skills:
• dealing with an emergency
• unresponsive – breathing
• unresponsive – not breathing (cardiopulmonary resuscitation – CPR)
• seizures
• burns
• bleeding heavily
• broken bones, strains and sprains
• head injury
• choking
• heart attack
• stroke
• severe allergic reaction
• diabetic emergency

 

 

Moving People Safely (3.5 hours)
Outline the importance of correct manual handling
Provide the principals of good manual handling
One person
·  
Assisting the cared for to stand from sitting/sit from standing
·   Assisting the cared for with walking
·   Assisting the cared for to walk with the use of a walking stick and a walking frame
·   Using a transfer-board to move the cared for from chair to chair, chair to commode, wheelchair to/from car
·   Moving a wheelchair over level ground
·   Negotiating a kerb with a wheelchair – up and down
·   Assisting the cared for from wheelchair to car/car to wheelchair
·   Learning how to load/unload a wheelchair into/out of a car

Two person – no equipment
·   
Assist the cared for to stand from sitting/sit from standing
·    Assist the cared for to walk with the use of a walking stick
·    Assist the cared for to walk with the use of a walking frame

 

 

Mental Health

 

Mental Health Awareness (3 hours)
Focusing on the carer we will:-
·  Use lived experience to explore the range of causes, behaviours, limitations and expectations of those with a range of mental health issues.
·  Share experience and practice of providing care and support, exploring what works and what could be best practice
·  Look at the stress of constantly dealing with crisis and the effect this can have on relationships

NB we will not look at diagnosis as we are not trained or qualified in this area

 

 

Parent Carers

 

Parent Safety and Breakaway Techniques (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
For parents of young carers displaying aggressive behaviour in the home.  The course includes:-
·  Theory around aggression and de-escalation strategies
·  Advice and support around specific safety planning
·  Theory around legislation and legalities
·  Practical breakaway techniques and low risk self-defence suitable for use when supporting vulnerable young people.  This will cover wrist, clothing and hair grabs, punches, kicks, bites, scratches and strangles (with time to cover other options if required)
ItDOES NOTinclude techniques around restraint or safe holding – all practical techniques are designed to allow parents to remove themselves from aggressive situations safely, so as to be able to look to de-escalate in a non-physical way.
The techniques covered will be applicable to a wide range of ages up to and including young adults. Techniques more suited to those confronted with aggression from physically larger young people will take place towards the end of the course and be optional for those caring for younger children.

 

 

Supporting Executive Functioning in Individuals with ADHD (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)

NB Carers need to have attended the Understanding and Supporting Individuals with Attention Difficulties (1 day) before attending this course.
This course is designed to give parents and professionals with a basic understanding of ADHD and ADD time to consider how to support individuals with these conditions long term.  Both ADHD and ADD affect executive functioning, something that is a developmental process that can be supported through certain interactions and activities. Environmental adjustments, attitude and in some cases medication are all approaches that can be supportive and at times essential for these individuals. However, supporting someone to recognise their strengths and weaknesses, how to build on weaknesses and put things in place to help them be successful in relationships is vital to giving them the chance to thrive and contribute to society in ways that only those with these unique and truly valuable traits can.
Over the 2 days training will cover:
* Re-visiting an understanding of ADHD and ADD as an executive functioning disorder
* Separating ADHD and ADD from other conditions or behavioural factors
* Approaches to Challenging Behaviour that may be associates with these conditions
* Supportive approaches to Executive Functioning deficits
* Supporting Executive Functioning through activity and interaction
* Planning for positive experiences and utilising skills to find a future
There will be time to practice skills and techniques, as well as time for group discussion and peer support from others going through similar experiences and challenges.

 

Supporting a Child with Challenging or Aggressive Behaviours (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A workshop aimed at any parent supporting a child between the ages of 2 – 12 who is at risk or displaying socially isolating, challenging or aggressive behaviours. If you have a child over the age of 12 that is pre-verbal and does not communicate using age appropriate language, this course may also be appropriate for you.
·  Share experiences, ideas and feelings with other parents
·  Explore what might be behind your child’s behaviours
·  Practice and perfect techniques and strategies to both reduce the behaviour and to de-escalate things more effectively

Supporting a Teenager with Challenging or Aggressive Behaviours (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A workshop aimed at any parent supporting a teenage who is at risk of displaying socially isolating, challenging or aggressive behaviours
·  Share experiences, ideas and feelings with other parents
·  Explore what might be behind your child’s behaviours
·  Practice and perfect techniques and strategies to both reduce the behaviour and to de-escalate things more effectively

 

Supporting the Social & Emotional Development of a Child with Autism (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A workshop aimed at any parent supporting a child between the ages of 2 – 12 with Autism through social and emotional development stages. If your child is older but pre-verbal or doesn’t communicate at an age appropriate level, this course may also be suitable for you.
A formal diagnosis of Autism is not required to benefit from the course as many young people with behaviour support needs also show some difficulties with social communication, understanding and emotional regulation.  The course will allow you to:-
·  Share  experiences, ideas and feelings with other parents
·  Understand Autism and how it effects child development
·  Practice and perfect techniques and strategies to support your child with social and emotional development

 

 

Supporting the Social & Emotional Development of a Teenager with Autism (2 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A workshop aimed at any parent supporting a teenager with Autism through social and emotional development stages.
A formal diagnosis of Autism is not required to benefit from the course as many young people with behaviour support needs also show some difficulties with social communication, understanding and emotional regulation.  The course will allow you to:-
·  Share  experiences, ideas and feelings with other parents
·  Understand Autism and how it effects child development
·  Practice and perfect techniques and strategies to support your child with social and emotional development

 

Understanding & Supporting Individuals with Attention Difficulties (ADHD/ADD) (1 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A 1 day workshop aimed at anybody supporting an individual with attention difficulties, impulsivity or a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD.
·  Understand the diagnosis and how it effects individuals
·  Consider how to support long term and promote positive mental health
·  Explore the specific executive functions impaired by these conditions and how to support growth in these areas

 

Understanding & Supporting Individuals with Autism & Pathological Demand Avoidance (1 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
A 1 day workshop aimed at those supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum that are displaying demand avoidant behaviours or that have a diagnosis of PDA
·  Understanding the basics of Autism
·  Exploring how traditional approaches to Autism involve a directive and demand based approach
·  Learning other techniques more appropriate to supporting individuals with demand avoidance behaviours

 

 

You First : Supporting Yourself to Support Your Child (1 day – 9.30am-2.30pm)
This course is designed to switch the focus back onto the parent – to help them find ways to support themselves, to build resilience and strategies to help with difficult thoughts and feelings.
This course will cover the following outcomes:
• To understand the effect of you situation on your thinking and feeling
• To understand and build and awareness of how to change your thinking and feeling
• To practice certain strategies that can be used in crisis moments
• To explore long term changes to belief to enhance overall life resilience.

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