Every curriculum and programme we create is challenging, memorable, informative and really enjoyable. We design them to make sure there is enough time for theory, reflection and practice, and we use a mix of individual, small group and large group work.
We constantly evaluate our training and are proud both of the positive feedback we receive from participants and of the long-term benefits they see in their schools.
“The structure of the day was well planned and I particularly liked working in break-out groups and then in a smaller group. The trainers all seemed to have a thorough understanding of the programme and were very clear in presenting to us, both in the main hall and my break-out group. Loved the energy breaks!”
All the evidence shows that using and modelling the skills of resilience ourselves is the most powerful way of passing them on. Parents, teachers and other significant adults therefore have a huge influence on the resilience of children and young people simply through our own behaviour.
Our approach is based on this simple premise – if we want to pass on skills of resilience to others, we must apply them in our own lives first.
“The training was impressive. It was built carefully and produced a well put-together whole concept. It provided a new way of seeing things.”
Our training programmes work with the adults in young people’s lives. We give you the tools and knowledge not only to develop your students’ resilience but also to build your own.
There are many ways to increase resilience. Here are some of the themes we focus on:
The way we interpret situations has a significant impact on how we respond to them.
People who think resiliently can be optimistic while remaining wedded to reality. They can maintain perspective, express their emotions and reach out to others. They can make the most of opportunity and bounce forward from difficulty.
We are social beings and strong relationships give us opportunities to empathise, support each other and seek help.
Being able to build and sustain these relationships as well as connecting with all the people we come across is a vital aspect of our resilience.
Emotions play a powerful role in our lives and are closely connected to how well we do the things we do – working, learning, or looking after ourselves and others.
When we understand our emotions we can take more control of our reactions and respond more effectively to setbacks. And this lets us make the most of what life has to offer.
We all have the capacity to be resilient and can increase this by focussing on what works well for us.
If we only pay attention to what we cannot do, or the times when we don’t cope, we miss the opportunity to build on the resources and capacities we already have. We limit ourselves and the contribution we can make.
It isn’t as easy as it sounds to appreciate and work with our strengths but when we do, we can bring the best version of ourselves to both good and difficult times.
Improving resilience is in some ways like getting fit. You don’t do it once and then forget about it: you must give your resilience constant attention, focus and effort.
The good news is that this means we can promote and teach ways to be mentally and emotionally healthy just as we can teach physical fitness.
At How to Thrive we aim to help you develop habits that increase your resilience. Our programmes incorporate learning, practising and reinforcing these habits, so you’ll be ready to pass them on.
If you can’t decide what to do next, talk to us.
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