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Mental fitness for children, young people and staff


29/09/2020 09:30







As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.

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About this event

Mental health is a key ingredient in helping children to become successful learners, confident individuals, and effective contributors to society. Without robust mental health, children and young people are at risk of encountering a range of difficulties. But how do we support the development of positive mental health? Can we help children and young people who are struggling to develop mental fitness? Can workers benefit as we learn and teach?

While this workshop does not train you to become a mental health professional, it will enhance your available toolkit to support the mental fitness of children and young people.

Key learning:

  • Exploring what is meant by the term mental fitness and why it is used
  • Introducing a tools-based approach to mental fitness, exploring interpersonal tools and relational approaches (empathy, presence, compassion, attunement), and intrapersonal tools (breathing, visualisation, selfawareness, self-assessment)
  • Cultivating a culture of reflectivity
  • Understanding the impact of toxic stress and early life adversity (adverse childhood experiences)
  • Approaching children and young people with trauma in mind
  • Secondary stress and self-care.

Facilitator bio- Douglas Sharp

Tell us a bit about your job

I was a Children & Families social worker for 15 years until I left 2 years ago to focus on social work education. I work with Universities and agencies across Scotland to support social work students through practice placement. I also have a small therapy practice and have worked as a therapist since 2010. I deliver training to fellow professionals on mental fitness and trauma-informed practice.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

I am interested in how people become who they are and why they do what they do. I am continually learning myself and I love to support people to learn.

What do you find the most challenging?

I find juggling the many different streams of work that I do the most challenging aspect of my role(s). However, this is also one of the most exciting elements of my work and keeps me on my toes and interested.

Favorite flavor of crisps?

Pickled onion Monster Munch

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