KIDS WORKSHOPS: JULY

KIDS WORKSHOPS: JULY

JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM AT THE POSITIVE THINKING CLINIC

Ok the school holidays are coming up and lots of kids (and families) are wondering what’s planned for growth and development.

Each session = 1 hour.

COST:  $40 per 1 hour group session  or  

$50 per individual session at 40 min [please note this price is strictly during school holiday promotion period as individual rates are normally $190 per hour]

Each session is designed for a group experience, for school aged children [6-15 years].  

However if any child wishes to participate in a workshop on their own, and not have other kids in attendance, I am also happy to accommodate.  

Sometimes kids want the experience of the session but without other kids as they will be more comfortable talking and participating without others around.  And then there are other kids who benefit greatly by having other kids present and contributing to the group.  I can understand (and respect) both sides and so this is why I welcome either individuals or small groups.  Please let me know your preference.

Check out our 14 exciting sessions below.

Sessions are friendly, interactive, goal focused, safe, respectful and specifically designed for a growth mindset.

1. MANAGING ANGER

We don’t need to get rid of anger.  Anger is a normal emotion.  We actually need to acknowledge it and become familiar with how it manifests in our body.  

This emotion is different in everyone.  Different people respond and react differently to different situations.  Anger can be useful and it can be useless.  I aim for kids to be able to distinguish this.  

This workshop will give kids an opportunity to explore anger and ways to let go of things that trigger off the anger.  

Let’s face it, sometimes kids can get angry and stay angry for reasons not so useful.  In this workshop we learn to create a mindset for boundaries and action plans.  We can look at useful ways to respond instead of react.  We will look at techniques to let go of anger and stay in control.  

Kids will be part of the solution process.  They will discover simple skills to manage their anger.  They will find ways that suit them to calm down during emotionally tense moments, and strategies to overcome anxiety.  In-fact they will discover how to use anger in a healthy way, and move towards creating a positive change.

2. MANAGING WORRIES

It’s amazing what kids worry about.  Did you know that some worry is contagious?  They worry about what parents worry about, and what their friends are worried about and so on.  

Some worry is useful as it get’s us to be proactive e.g. worrying about an exam may get us to study for it.  Worrying about our health may get us to eat healthier.  But what about when worry keeps us awake at night, or stops us from engaging in group activities?  Unfortunately worry can disrupt normal routines.

A skill I teach children is to identity with their worry and follow a path to see what can be done about it, so that they can determine what is to be done and then to focus on something else as soon as practicable.  We all know we can spend hours or days worrying about a 10 min interview, or a 45 min exam, or a sports game, and I’m sure you can think of a whole bunch of worries to add to this list.

This session is designed to give kids strategies to enjoy their day and contain their worry.  We need to learn to move past worries.

3. SELF COMPASSION AND MINDFULNESS FOR TEENS

In this session we look at mindful awareness, self compassion, anxiety and depression, anger, compassion, school and academics, body image, LGBTQI, and ADHD.  Please note this workshop is only for teens.  We explore the main principles of these topics.

4. MINDFULNESS

In this session we will explore skills for calming the mind and body, paying attention, becoming more self aware, feeling happier and confident, connecting with others and having fun.

Mindfulness is noticing your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in the present moment without judgement.

I show kids and teens lots of ways to be present in their life.

I aim for participants to be in the here and now with less thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

They become daily mindfulness tools for kids and teens, when they are feeling anxious, moody, angry, or just need to relax.

Being mindful is useful in managing everyday stressors such as:

  • School pressures
  • Worrying about things that need to be done
  • Relationship problems
  • Difficulties in paying attention and focusing
  • Feeling overwhelmed with commitments and time demands.

I ensure the session involves fun and interactive experiences.  

Three themes /topics that the activities fall under include:

  • PAYING ATTENTION WITH SENSES
  • SELF CARE
  • ALWAYS CONSIDERING OTHER RESPONSES

The point of being mindful is to shift from being on autopilot during your day, 

and instead be awake to your life.

5. ANXIETY SOLUTIONS

Many kids are familiar with the term “anxiety” and yet others call it something else, or just describe the sensations e.g. sweaty, butterflies, nausea, etc.  

Anxiety is not the enemy and I would like kids to know this.  Anxiety is a message.  We learn to identify with our bodies, feelings and thoughts.  Sometimes distraction is useful e.g. to distract yourself when you are at an appointment.  And sometimes facing your anxiety (e.g. fear or worry) is the better strategy. 

We will look at solutions to anxious situations and strategies to cope better.

6. CHIT CHAT SESSION

This is a chit chat session where we will chat about 

‘agreed upon’ issues.  We will have group rules and I will be able to shape the conversations to create learning.  We will look at our strengths for problems solving skills.  It is also an opportunity to chat in a purposeful safe environment.  

Some of the topics that I hope to cover are: pressures of school work, being good sportspeople, our roles and responsibilities to be our better selves, getting along with siblings /others, and more.  

This session will be a positive session.  We teach the kids to engage in assertive language; as this is a useful skill in itself.

7. FRIENDSHIPS

This is a useful topic that kids love to talk about.  In this session kids have the opportunity to talk about friendships.  We will speak of the positive side of friendships and the struggles.  What a great opportunity to blend in forgiveness, misunderstandings, perceptions, using our “voice” and lots of role plays.  We also look at how we ourselves can be good friends to others.  We will examine our own values and develop some more (to better ourselves)

8. GRIEF AND LOSS

Sometimes kids are saddened by loss.  It may be loss of a person, a pet, a friendship, or something special.  This session helps each individual to acknowledge within themselves what stage they are at, and what they need to do to progress forward.  We all need different things at different times and for different reasons.  

This is a safe group where rules will be formed to respect each individual.  Listeners and contributors welcome.

9. LETS TALK FEELINGS

Expanding our vocabulary of feelings helps us to express and acknowledge ourselves as well as develop empathy for others.  Quite often when kids learn to talk about their feelings in a positive and honest way, they reduce undesirable behaviours and thoughts (a nice consequence).

Talking about feelings is very therapeutic, and a skill that most kids should become familiar with.  This session is rather beneficial for all.

10. DISCOVERING MY STRENGTHS

Quite often I come across kids who say they have no strengths.  They say they are not good at anything.  But I know better,….it doesn’t take long for me to get them to identify what things they are actually good at.  This often comes to their surprise too.

Discovering strengths is useful as kids are able to use their strengths later on for problems solving skills.  It’s also good for confidence and self esteem.

Strengths help children learn, grow and become the best they can be.  Children thrive with encouragement; they blossom when their strengths and efforts are noticed.

Strengths are surprising (often hidden within until we discover it’s there).

Strengths are within everyone.  And strengths are the basis of our resilience, our greatest assets when things get tough.

Strengths are magnetic; strengths teach us more strengths!

Strengths are contagious.  If we see someone displaying a strength, we become inspired to try it out too.

Strengths are made up of actions, and so this means we can practice and practice.  And we become “that kind of person…”

Children learn by example, so we adults, (as well as the schools, the community, the physical environment) can kindly remind children to notice the strengths of adults around them.

Remember, we are affected by what we notice.  Let’s not focus too much on what we do wrong.  We don’t want kids to lose confidence and become afraid to make the mistakes that lead to learning.

We aim for children to SPEAK the language of strengths! 

11. FEARS

In most of my sessions with kids I discover they fear at least one thing… Or at least one thing they admit to.  In my workshops, I have also found some kids sharing fears, and then it becomes a group discussion.  Well in this session I will teach kids some cool tricks to let go of their fears, and to transform them into other ways of perceiving.  

We engage lots of the imagination here and the kids love it.  Remember, our imagination can play tricks on us, we can get rather use to imagining the same thing over and over again.  Then we get quite good at this.  Until we decide to imagine something better!  And if we practice this…then we will get good at this instead.  

12. DEEP CONVERSATIONS FOR TEENS

Kids in my sessions whether one on one or small group, can be rather chatty.  Though I do notice that teenagers get quieter, and some struggle to speak.  Thats what this session is about.  

We will respect each child’s individuality and choice to speak as much and as little as they like.

A common complaint is that adults do not listen to young persons.  And by this, I don’t mean passive hearing, but active listening.  The same holds for understanding too.

We need to listen to our youths respectfully as they are the experts in their own lives.  

In addition, youths overlook and ignore their successes.  We need to make a difference and notice their successes.  We need to listen to the language they use, and the values underlying the statements they use.  Doing this allows for an opportunity of reflection.

By being curious we can encourage conversations with young people that allow them to reflect and articulate.  These conversations assist young persons to built their life story, connect with significant people in their lives, and notice feelings and emotions that come with it.

Interactions that young people have, may have a life-long impact on their experiences and development, as they progress through to adulthood.  Adults who connect with young persons have a wonderful opportunity to influence that young persons life.  We indeed have a role in enabling young people to experience success.

The purpose of “deep speaking” is to encourage open and honest sharing.  

Respectful listening, a respect for confidentiality, and other agreed rules are also important to establish from the start.

Sometimes we realise that more than simply speaking, we can write creatively and thus “journal”.

Journaling is a powerful and reflective tool for recording thoughts and feelings.

It can also be used to form the basis of a short story.  A story can be converted to a drama, tragedy or romance.  The young person can also be instructed to pick a question and write the answer they think they might give many years from now.  Or, the young person may even answer a question by turning it into a poem.

You know….Questions can change peoples lives.  Transformational power may exist in the right question given at the right time.

13. GETTING ORGANISED FOR SCHOOL

Common complaints with kids (and often parents /guardians) are often revolved around school homework and related routines.  We promote happy and healthy kids.  Success comes from being organised.  In this session kids are exposed to tips and ideas on scheduling homework, assessments, study, fun, rest, and more.

14. MY HEALTHY BODY

What do kids think is healthy?  I consider this session as an open forum, a discussion about food, sleep, hygiene, thoughts, behaviours, kindness, interpretations, oral care, stretches, and lots more.  Were you surprised at some of the content here?  

Think of it like this.. kindness toward others and ourselves contributes to our health doesn’t it? I personally think its a wellness tool.  And what about our interpretations?  If we are constantly making negative interpretations (where there is the opportunity for a positive outlook instead) then this can’t be too good for our healthy body can it?

HERE IS THE SCHEDULE:

Saturday 6 July:

Anxiety Solutions 2-3pm

Monday 8 and 15 July:

Deep conversations for teens 2-3pm

Self compassion and mindfulness for teens 3-4pm

Tuesday 9 and 16 July:

Anxiety Solutions 1-2pm

My healthy body 2-3pm

Chit chat session 3-4pm

Wednesday 10 and 17 July:

Managing fears 1-2pm

Getting organised for school 2-3pm

Friendships 3-4pm

Thursday 11 and 18 July:

Lets talk feelings 2-3pm

Grief and loss 3-4pm

Friday 12 and 19 July:

Discovering my strengths 2-3pm

Managing anger 3-4pm

Saturday 13 and 20 July:

Managing worries 2-3pm

Mindfulness 3-4pm

HOW TO BOOK:

EMAIL: amanda@positivethinkingclinic.com.au

Please name the workshop you are interested in.

Please give me the name and age of your child.

Please let me know if your child will be in the group session.

If your child would prefer an individual session please let me know what time and date suits you – and I will get in touch to confirm availability or negotiate a new time.

Then I will email you a kids contact form to fill out.  Please note, all kids require a new contract to be filled out even if they have attended workshops before.

Looking forward to making a difference.

Amanda Dounis

Psychotherapist, Early Childhood Teacher, Master Neurolinguistic Programming.

Positive Thinking Clinic

1/7 Magdalene Terrace

Wolli Creek, 2205

0458 850 850

amanda@positivethinkingclinic.com.au

www.positivethinkingclinic.com.au