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Level 1: An Introduction to Gentle Teaching

Target Audience

Health Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Social Workers, Community Organizations and New Support Personnel

Summary

The primary purpose of this training is to provide an introductory overview of Gentle Teaching; it’s founder, history, and philosophical foundations. Additionally, the facilitator will teach both the central purpose and basic principles of Gentle Teaching, including: the Four Pillars: to feel safe, to feel valued (loved), to become more loving and to become more engaged. Within this training the learner will be introduced to the Four Tools of Gentle Teaching: our hands, our eyes, our words and our presence.

Key Messages

  • Establishing the perspective that a caregivers/teachers role is critical and requires a deep commitment to personal and social change.
  • Gentle Teaching must begin with us: we must be intentional with our warmth toward others, our willingness to give without any expectation of receiving anything in return, and our intense desire to form feelings of companionship and community with those who are pushed to the edge of society.

Resources/Handouts

  • Gentle Teaching Primer
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Link to Gentle Teaching International Website and other online resources

Certification

None

safeTALK

safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources, such as caregivers trained in ASIST.

Since its development in 2006, safeTALK has been used in over 20 countries around the world, and more than 200 selectable video vignettes have been produced to tailor the program’s audio-visual component for diverse audiences. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Learning goals and objectives

Over the course of their training, safeTALK participants will learn to:

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide
  • Apply the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help

Training features:

  • Presentations and guidance from a registered trainer
  • Access to support from a local community resource person
  • Powerful audiovisual learning aids
  • The simple yet effective TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe
  • Hands-on skills practice and development

Level 2: Working With People

Target Audience

Support Personnel and those interested in deepening their understanding of Gentle Teaching.

Summary

The principles of this training are to further explore the Pillars and Tools of Gentle Teaching at a deeper level; coupled with the practical application as so learners understand how to apply the information learned into their everyday lives. The training seeks to better equip those who have successfully completed the Gentle Teaching Introduction, with hands on tools and case studies. In doing so, participants will strengthen their knowledge of Gentle Teaching and how they relate to the people they interact with.

Key Messages

  • To equip support personnel, educators, social workers and others who have completed the Gentle Teaching Introduction with further knowledge and practical application of the Pillars and Tools.
  • To train those interested in furthering their understanding of Gentle Teaching with hands on tools that will challenge their ability to think creatively, self-analyze and begin to develop an understanding of other peoples’ (person served) perspectives.

Resources/Handout

  • Case Studies representing various individuals served.
  • Gentle Teaching FAQ
  • Mending Broken Hearts
  • Link to Gentle Teaching International Website and other online resources

Certification

Gentle Teaching Certificate issued after successfully completing training levels 1 and 2 and having a minimum of 6 months work experience utilizing GT skills.

Person Centred Thinking

This two-day course will give you seven practical person-centred thinking tools and skills needed day-to-day to help people to have more choice and control in their life.

What is person-centred thinking?

It is a set of seven practical skills and tools used to personalise health, education and social care services. They can be used with people you support, patients or children, and also with colleagues, teams and in organisations. They help us to deliver personalised support by guiding us through the discovery of what is important to a person; how to best support them; the way they communicate and make decisions; and how to move to outcomes and action.

Each person-centred thinking tool provides the basis for actions and further information about what is important to people and how they want to be supported.

Who is this for?

Person-centred thinking skills and tools are the way to deliver personalisation on a day-to-day basis. If you support someone in your role, are a manager, professional, parent or carer then this course is for you. It is also ideal if you need an overview of the core person-centred thinking tools.

What will you learn?

  • How to separate what is important to someone from what is important for them and How they want to be supported.
  • How to capture what people appreciate about the person.
  • How to record this information into a one-page profile.
  • Discovering what is working and not working in a situation from different perspectives leading to action plans that make a positive difference in a people’s lives.
  • Recording how someone communicates using a communication chart.
  • How to use the Decision Making Agreement.
  • The many different ways of recording one-page profiles.
  • How to decide which person-centred thinking tool to use to develop a one-page profile into a person-centred description (or support plan).
  • How to identify what are core responsibilities and where you can use creativity and judgment.
  • How to match people based on skills, qualities and interests.
  • How to mindfully recording learning by using Learning Logs and 4 plus 1
  • What the benefits of using one-page profiles with Support Personnel are; for example as part of person-centred team plans.
  • How using person-centred thinking and one-page profiles can help to deliver personalised services.

How could this help you?

  • You want to learn and record how a person wants to live and be supported.
  • You want to ensure that the plans that people have will be used and acted on; that the lives of people who use services will improve.
  • You want a number of ways to get plans started.
  • You want to get a good match between the person supporting and the person being supported.
  • You want to provide colleagues with person-centred support.
  • You want to ensure you are offering personalised support.

Mental Health First Aid – Basic

Target Audience

Health Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Social Workers, Community Organizations and New Support Personnel

Summary

Mental Health First Aid (Basic) is a 12-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Certification

2-year certification in Mental Health First Aid – Basic

Level 1: An Introduction to Gentle Teaching

Target Audience

Health Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Social Workers, Community Organizations and New Support Personnel

Summary

The primary purpose of this training is to provide an introductory overview of Gentle Teaching; it’s founder, history, and philosophical foundations. Additionally, the facilitator will teach both the central purpose and basic principles of Gentle Teaching, including: the Four Pillars: to feel safe, to feel valued (loved), to become more loving and to become more engaged. Within this training the learner will be introduced to the Four Tools of Gentle Teaching: our hands, our eyes, our words and our presence.

Key Messages

  • Establishing the perspective that a caregivers/teachers role is critical and requires a deep commitment to personal and social change.
  • Gentle Teaching must begin with us: we must be intentional with our warmth toward others, our willingness to give without any expectation of receiving anything in return, and our intense desire to form feelings of companionship and community with those who are pushed to the edge of society.

Resources/Handouts

  • Gentle Teaching Primer
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Link to Gentle Teaching International Website and other online resources

Certification

None

Level 1: An Introduction to Gentle Teaching

Target Audience

Health Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Social Workers, Community Organizations and New Support Personnel

Summary

The primary purpose of this training is to provide an introductory overview of Gentle Teaching; it’s founder, history, and philosophical foundations. Additionally, the facilitator will teach both the central purpose and basic principles of Gentle Teaching, including: the Four Pillars: to feel safe, to feel valued (loved), to become more loving and to become more engaged. Within this training the learner will be introduced to the Four Tools of Gentle Teaching: our hands, our eyes, our words and our presence.

Key Messages

  • Establishing the perspective that a caregivers/teachers role is critical and requires a deep commitment to personal and social change.
  • Gentle Teaching must begin with us: we must be intentional with our warmth toward others, our willingness to give without any expectation of receiving anything in return, and our intense desire to form feelings of companionship and community with those who are pushed to the edge of society.

Resources/Handouts

  • Gentle Teaching Primer
  • Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
  • Link to Gentle Teaching International Website and other online resources

Certification

None

Mental Health First Aid – Adults Who Interact with Youth

Target Audience

Health Professionals, Educators, Family Members, Social Workers, Community Organizations and New Support Personnel

Summary

Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth (aged 12-24) is a 14-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders:

  • Substance use disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Deliberate self injury

Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned:

  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

Certification

2-year certification in Mental Health First Aid for Adults Who Interact with Youth