Listening to children's wishes and feelings
Training programme and course handbook
DEAL OF THE MONTH - Until 31 October 2018 you can buy the Listening to children's wishes and feelings training programme and course handbook together for just £15 (usual combined price £35)!
Over recent years, there has been a sustained emphasis on the need to listen to children’s views, wishes and feelings when planning services and making decisions about their futures. Feeling understood and having their views taken seriously is particularly important for children who have experienced loss and transition, and can help to build identity and resilience.
The Listening to children’s wishes and feelings training course will equip participants with a range of techniques for effective listening to and communication with children. It enables workers and carers to work effectively with children to process difficult experiences; use reflective listening skills and assessment techniques; assist children in processing and recording their life history; and support them as they prepare to move to permanence. The course handbook is designed for course participants to work through and take with them after the course.
Who are these resources for?
Invaluable for social workers, adoptive parents and foster carers, and all those who are doing direct work with children to help them feel heard and to build resilience and identity.
What the resources cover
Listening to children's wishes and feelings is designed to be undertaken over four days or four sessions, and can be delivered as a whole or in modular form. It consists of a training programme, complete with CD-ROM of PowerPoint presentations and handouts, and a course handbook for participants, which comes with a Techniques CD-ROM containing over 80 strategies, activities and techniques that can be used in direct work.
The course will enable participants to:
- better understand how a child’s attachment and development are affected by loss, trauma and/or a disrupted childhood
- learn about ways in which children communicate their wishes and feelings through action, behaviour and play
- help children deal with loss, express their emotional needs and manage strong feelings
- use reflective listening skills and assessment techniques with children to identify their needs, wishes and feelings
- work with children to process difficult past experiences, so as to develop a sense of identity
- assist children in processing and recording their life history so they can repair and build resilience
- support children as they prepare to move to permanence