Improving Wellbeing, Mental Health & Resilience in Education
Creating safe & healthy environments for student success
16 - 17 Sep 2019Crowne Plaza, Auckland
Front Liners in education - building a culture of wellbeing and respect18 Septermber 2019 | 9.30am-12.00pm
- Understanding sensory processing difference
- Observing & understanding divergent thinking, deciphering language and behaviour
- De-escalating destructive self-preservation and defence behaviours
- Recognising & deconstructing conflict behaviour cycles
- Developing new techniques and strategies for recognition of meltdown and post meltdown recovery responses
- Improving awareness of the continuum of harming, self-injury and mental distress and the varied ways this may be exhibited by those affected.
- Establishing how and when schools should act when a problem is spotted - who to involve and at what stage?
- How staff can be informed and trained to play their appropriate role
- Recognising the negative stereotypical societal responses to these “behaviours”
- The importance of review, self-reflection of your response and peer support alongside these processes
A comprehensive and engaging guide to identify sensory and cognitive processing differences in our young people
Socially most of us instinctively know how to adjust our manner - to gain acceptance and feel understood, to make friends, and to navigate social situations.
There are many different ways of seeing, hearing, and communicating in this world. For people who experience sensory processing differences ordering priorities or meeting expectations often results in what appears to be confused or oppositional behaviour. Usually, compliance can be brought about by way of a tap on the shoulder and this is sufficient for individuals to fall into line. But what if you don’t recognize the line, feel the tap, or understand that scowl?
Mind Over Manner utilise our extensive experience in neurodiversity education to deliver a signature workshop designed for parents, whanau, teachers, counsellors, and professionals in health, youth, and justice fields. In this interactive workshop our experienced facilitator works alongside four professional theatre practitioners to provide participants an insider view of living with sensory or cognitive processing differences. Exploring these real-life scenarios, this workshop challenges participants to unpack, evaluate, and reimagine their responses to challenging situations. Together, we explore new strategies for working with students who think, learn, and behave differently.
A practical guide to identify survival, defense and self harming behaviors – what to look for and when to act
We are all aware there is a significant increase in teenage anxiety, self-harming, youth alienation, teenage runaways, and youth suicide. We recognize the behaviours exhibited by those experiencing mental distress result in exclusion and unequal status in a society which pathologises difference.
This workshop will explore the deleterious effects of pre-existing thought patterns surrounding mental distress: anxiety, altered perspectives, displacement, self-harm, and isolation. We explore how conflict cycles are further exacerbated by society’s poor response to mental distress.
Participants in this workshop develop an understanding of mental distress which is consistent with a human rights approach and removed from the realms of pathology and dysfunction. The workshop explores the power of language in working through mental distress, the significance of communication, and techniques for engaging in meaningful communication which aren’t always verbal.