Instant Session Plans for Essential Life Skills: Health and Well-being

Instant Session Plans for Essential Life Skills: Health and Well-being

By: Robin Dynes (author)Paperback

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To help meet demands, perhaps at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills...To enable you to respond quickly and effectively, when it becomes apparent that a carefully planned programme that you are facilitating will not meet some of the needs that are emerging...This resource-bank of "Instant Session Plans" can enable both inexperienced and experienced facilitators to make 'instant' and timely changes to programme sessions, and respond positively to specific requirements of group members for: coping with the events and situations they face daily; having their personal needs met; and, achieving their ambitions." Instant Sessions Plans for Essential Life Skills: Health and Wellbeing" contains: pointers on setting up a group, avoiding discrimination, health and safety, organising sessions, preparing for role-play, homework; an introduction session to use when starting to work with a new group; a session to bring the group to an end; and, 4 sessions on each of these 10 different life skill topics, managing worries, looking after your mental health, coping with depression, dealing with a crisis, healthy living, bereavement and loss, staying positive, changing your habits, taking risks, learning to relax. Each session can be used: on its own; as a supplement to other material; as part of a programme of several sessions tailored to meet particular needs; as part of a comprehensive course.Each session requires minimum preparation and lasts about one hour. Each contains aims, plans, homework assignments, photocopiable handouts, plus clear step-by-step instructions for the group leader, with timings, for activities that involve participants working as a group, on their own, in pairs and in sub-groups. In addition to these 40 sessions on health and wellbeing, there are - in separately published manuals - 40 sessions on self-management, 40 sessions on learning and development, and 40 sessions on relationships. Visit the website and search on "Instant Session Plans" for full details, publication dates, and how purchasers of the manuals can subsequently obtain electronic copies of handouts.This title is suitable for youth workers, therapists, counsellors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, care staff, prison and probation staff, and teachers...This flexible and adaptable 'toolkit' resource has been tried and tested over many years of work with people in diverse groups. It can help facilitators address issues of mental ill health, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, alcohol and drug addiction, anti-social and offending behaviour, and preparing to return to work after a long absence. It can be used in work with young people at the cusp of adulthood, and with adults of all ages. Discussion and practical exercises are related to group members' everyday experiences to make the learning and development both dynamic and enjoyable.

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About Author

Robin Dynes is Social Inclusion Officer for Adult Learning in his local authority. He has managed a mental health day centre, worked in a number of psychiatric hospitals and is a trainer and qualified counsellor. He is the author of several books including Creative Games in Groupwork, Positive Interaction Skills and The Group Leader's Toolkit.


Introduction. What does this book offer? Why 'Instant Session Plans'? What is offered? How to use this book. Setting up a group. Avoiding discrimination. Health and safety. Preparing for role-play. The importance of homework. Organising the sessions. Finally. THE SESSIONS. Introduction session for essential life skills. Managing worries. Exploring worry. Doing, writing, talking. Checking assumptions. Taking control of worry. Looking after your mental health. What is mental health? Obtaining support. Making a dream come true. Developing a positive mental attitude. Coping with depression. Understanding depression. Recognising depression. What to do about depression. Living with someone who is depressed. Dealing with a crisis. Who do I turn to in a crisis? Dealing with difficult situations. Coping with a minor crisis. Coping with a major crisis. Healthy living. Achieving a balanced life. Establishing an active routine. Keeping an active mind. Maintaining a healthy outlook. Bereavement and loss. The stages of grief and loss. Coping with the process of loss. Discovering unresolved loss issues. Becoming unstuck. Staying positive. Developing a positive attitude. Making your self-talk positive. Becoming resilient. Living with uncertainty. Changing your habits. Understanding the process of change. Setting SMART goals. Recognising habit triggers. Using your inner coach. Taking risks. Deciding what risks to take. Leaving your comfort zone. Out of comfort zone experiences. Making risk taking easier. Learning to relax. Finding time to relax. Relaxing the body. Relaxing the mind. Using calming self-talk. End session for essential life skills.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/08/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781905541355
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781905541355
  • weight: 538
  • ISBN10: 190554135X

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