Instant Session Plans - for Essential Life Skills: Relationships

Instant Session Plans - for Essential Life Skills: Relationships

By: Robin Dynes (author)Paperback

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This work helps you to meet demands, perhaps at short notice, for provision of appropriate material for work on essential life skills. It also enables 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: Relationships" 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: Communication skills; Relationship skills; Resolving conflicts; Building a support network; Expressing feelings; Making friends; Working with other people; Being part of a team; Networking skills; and, Interview skills. 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; and, 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 relationships, there are - in separately published manuals - 40 sessions on self-management, 40 sessions on health and wellbeing, and 40 sessions on learning and development. 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. 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.


Photocopying permission for use of the handouts. Electronic supply of the handouts. Introduction. What are essential life skills? 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. Communication skills. Making conversation. Difficult conversations. What does your body language say? Active listening. Relationship skills. Overcoming barriers to good relationships. Good boundaries make good relationships. Establishing healthy relationships. Being open to forming new relationships. Resolving conflicts. Resolving conflicting roles. Dealing with personal conflicts. Group solutions. Examining relationship beliefs. Building a support network. Strengthening your support network. Being true to commitments. Building trust. Ensuring relationships are supportive. Expressing feelings. Taking responsibility for feelings. Influencing feelings. Different ways to express feelings. Reaching out to others. Making friends. People you know. First impressions. Making friends in the community. Reducing unfriendly behaviour. Working with other people. Interacting with colleagues. Expressing gratitude and changing attitude. Working with conflicting personalities. Taking advantage of feedback. Being part of a team. What is a team? Learning to negotiate. Co-operation works. Being an effective team member. Networking skills. Reviewing and maintaining your network. Exploring networking skills. Personal skills and qualities I can offer. Using your network when things go wrong. Interview skills. Preparing for interviews. Under the spotlight. Managing the interview. Survival tactics. End session for essential life skills. Index to the complete 4-volume set of instant session plans. Electronic supply of the handouts from Instant Session Plans for Essential Life Skills: Relationships.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781905541423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781905541423
  • weight: 567
  • ISBN10: 1905541422

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