Coping through COVID-19

Welcome to our podcast from the IOW online Wellbeing Cafe with host Dr Mike Kelly who is joined by special guest Venessa Bobb – Founder of A2ndVoice. 

In this podcast Venessa Bobb shares how she is coping during the COVID-19 crisis both at home and at work. 

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What is your parenting style and why does it matter?

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In this video we were privileged to be joined in our Online Wellbeing Cafe by Stephen Brooks, Head Of Corporate Affairs at King Solomon International Business School. 

Stephen is deeply passionate about the role parents play in the development of their children. In this video he gives us a great insight into parenting styles. 

About our guest speaker:

Stephen leads a portfolio of services, and projects on behalf of the Senior Leadership Team in delivering the education Trust’s vision, values and priorities. He builds and maintains effective relationships with key external stakeholders in order to ensure the delivery of the school’s priorities. He gives strategic leadership to the Trust`s corporate functions, creating a culture of effective and efficient support services that are focused on reducing overheads and creating value for money as well as meeting the needs of internal and external stakeholders. 

Join us online at 11am in our Online Wellbeing cafe where we are joined by our expert guest speakers who offer practical help and support during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Top experienced school headteacher gives parents practical help and tips during COVID-19

The institute of Wellbeing was priviledged to have Jacqueline Newsome join us in our Online Wellbeing Cafe. 

In this video Jacqueline shares some practical tips to help parents during the COVID-19 crisis. 

About our guest: 

Jacqueline Newsome is former Head of Science and an experienced school leader who has held several positions at senior level including that of Headteacher. She is currently employed as a leadership consultant for a multi – academy trust and inspects schools on behalf of Ofsted.

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Different but equal

Different but equal

Living and Working with Diversity

Course details

This course is designed for employees of commercial organisations providing products or services to people from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Raise your employees awareness on equality and diversity.
  • Explore the challenges of working with diverse colleagues, clients and communities.
  • Increase your employees confidence to respond to diversity in a positive and appropriate way.

How does the course work

Group Training

The course consists of four 2-hour modules for groups of no less than ten participants who will be working with one of our expert Institute of Wellbeing facilitators.

Practice

The activities within the course are designed to highlight the importance of responding positively to social and ethnic diversity in the workplace. 

Participants take part in focussed discussions and small group tasks, using the scenarios, case studies, checklists and other handouts to stimulate ideas, encourage debate, raise individual awareness and review the key learning points.

Duration

The modules can be completed over:

  • One day
  • Two half days
  • Four consecutive sessions at a time to suit the employer

What you will learn

By taking this course your employees will gain imperative knowledge on the importance of responding positively to social and ethnic diversity.

  • A better understanding of the business, legal and social case for promoting Equality & Diversity in the workplace
  • Increased confidence to use the appropriate language and terminology
  • Raised awareness on the impact of stereotyping, harassment and other discriminatory behavior
  • Practical strategies for delivering fair and appropriate services to diverse clients or customers

Course Outline

Module 1 - Make the case

Explore the business case for promoting Equality & Diversity in the workplace and what Equality & Diversity should mean in practice.

Module 2 - Talking the Talk.

Raises awareness of what is/is not legal, clarifies the meaning of key words and increases participants’ understanding of the power and use of inappropriate language.

Module 3 - Meeting the Challenges.

Uses role-play to generate discussion about stereotyping and ways of responding to inappropriate attitudes, both of which are key challenges when working with diverse colleagues and customers

Module 4 - Walking the Walk.

Gives employees individual and company-wide strategies for mainstreaming Equality & Diversity and promoting a more inclusive ethos at work.

Different but equal
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Partnership In Practice

Partnerships in practice

A course for people entering into long-term relationships

Course details

This course is designed for heterosexual or same-sex couples who are committed to voluntary or arranged marriage, civil partnership or a less formal long-term relationship.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Explore the meaning of partnership, trust and commitment and consider the qualities of an ideal partnership.
  • Investigate what helps and hinders effective communication in a relationship.
  • Understand what it means to be healthy in mind, body and spirit and how to achieve a mutually healthy partnership .
  • Consider what loving another person entails and how well they know their partner’s values, dreams and aspirations.

How does the course work

Group Training

This course consists of four modules for couples planning marriage or long-term relationships. 

Delivered by one of our expert Institute of Wellbeing facilitators you will be working with a group of eight couples.

Practice

The activities encourage participants to explore what it means to enter into a healthy, loving, long-term partnership while promoting communication and a sense of shared commitment.

Participating couples take part in a series of structured discussions and tasks, using self-analysis, mutual reflection, life-planning and creative visualisation to raise their awareness of what it means to share their life with another person.

Duration

Each module requires a minimum of four hours. They can be completed at a time to suit participants over:

  • two separate or consecutive days
  • four half-days
  • eight two-hour sessions

What you will learn

Strong relationships needs transferable qualities such as, effective communication skills, conflict management skills, self-confidence, accountability, respect, tolerance, ability to listen, hear and empathise in order for a relationship to flourish, be successful and be productive. This style of equality plays an important role in a loving partnership and works best when shared.
  • Know yourself and your partner better
  • Have a strong relationship rich in effective communication skills including how to listen, hear and empathise with your partner.
  • Use positive tools to manage, address and resolve conflict in a healthy manner.
  • Gain insight into the power of emotions learnt by knowing how to identify, express, manage and deal with them.
  • Have a shared confidence to design individual and joint life goals both short-term and long-term.

Course outline

Module 1 - Partnership & Commitment

Couples are encouraged to explore the meaning of partnership, trust and commitment and to consider the qualities of an ideal partnership.

Module 2 - Partnership & Communication

Couples investigate what helps and hinders effective communication in a relationship and use role-play to practice the use of assertive, non-confrontational and non-verbal language

Module 3 - Partnership in Health

Couples explore what it means to be healthy in mind, body and spirit and how to achieve a mutually healthy partnership

Module 4 - Partnership in Love

Couples focus on what loving another person entails, and consider how well they know their partner’s values, dreams and aspirations.

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Fathers for life

Fathers for life

Positive Fathering course to enhance relationship and parenting sk

Positive fathering, a course to enhance relationships and parenting skills

ills

Course details

This course is targeted at biological fathers, paternal relatives and men who encounter similar issues as carers or significant father-figures in the lives of their partner’s or relatives’ children. 

It’s primary target is fathers from African Caribbean and other Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, and this is reflected in the nature of some of the activities. However, it can be used or adapted with men from all social or ethnic groups, including:

  • Natural, adoptive and foster fathers
  • Guardians and carers
  • Grandfathers, uncles and other paternal relatives
  • Single parent fathers
  • Men who are acting ‘in loco parentis’ (on behalf of a child’s biological parents)

The aim of this course is to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of positive fathering
  • Explore and promote good fathering skills
  • Consider ways of meeting the challenges of fatherhood
  • Promote more effective communication
  • Identify the strategies, trials and rewards associated with fatherhood

How does the course work

Group Training

The course consists of four learning modules for groups of up to sixteen fathers, paternal relatives or male carers working with one of our expert Institute of Wellbeing facilitators.

Practice

The activities are designed to highlight the importance and practice of positive fathering.  The activities can be completed with men from a variety of different social or ethnic backgrounds, although some of the activities will be of particular relevance to BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) fathers.  

Participants engage in focussed discussions and small group tasks, using images, case studies, scenarios, checklists and quotes about fatherhood to stimulate their ideas, encourage debate, raise individual awareness and promote learning.  A comprehensive list of web-links provides considerable scope for research and follow-up. 

Duration

Each module takes at least two hours to complete.  The modules can be completed over:  

  • One day 
  • Two half days  
  • Four consecutive sessions at a time to suit the employer

What you will learn

By taking this course you should:

  • Have a deeper understanding of what it really means to be a positive father.
  • Improved fathering skills and enhanced relationships with their children.
  • Increased confidence to manage challenging behavior.
  • Practical strategies for empowering yourself and leading your child/ren, using mentoring / life coaching and leaderships skills.
  • Recognise and value the real understanding between what the definition and difference of being a dad is to being a father.

Course outline

Module 1 - Exploring Fatherhood

Participants are encouraged to explore their childhood experiences and role models; review the positive qualities they bring to fatherhood; identify aspects of their fathering they would like to change or improve; and consider the importance of seeing themselves through their children’s eyes.

Module 2 - Fathering Skills

Participants explore some essential parenting skills; consider the benefits of pro-active fathering from the moment of conception; focus on the challenges and requirements of respectful co-parenting and explore the benefits of passing on positive cultural traditions.

Module 3 - Fathering Challenges

Participants consider the challenges of raising children; explore how well they communicate with them; consider issues of discipline, behavioural boundaries and sexuality; and identify ways of encouraging honesty and trust.

Module 4 - Trials and Rewards

Participants are encouraged to share the trials and rewards of fatherhood, and their hopes and fears for their children; explore ways of coming to terms with being a ‘weekend dad’; thought about ways of improving their communication with teachers and ex-partners; and reflected on the meaning of unconditional love.

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Life Choices

Life Choices

A Course in personal growth

Course details

This course is designed to explore aspects of personal growth focusing on self-management, self-assertion, coping with stress and self-acceptance. Participants are encouraged to take part in focussed discussions, self-leadership and personal reflections, using the resources to consider ways to develop a more positive self-image and explicit life goals/plan.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Explore issues of identity, self-awareness and positive self-esteem
  • Practice self-assertion and effective communication
  • Consider ways to overcome challenges and manage stress
  • Identify available life choices and develop individual goals

How does the course work

Group Training

The course consists of four 2-hour modules for groups of no less than ten participants who will be working with one of our expert Institute of Wellbeing facilitators.

Practice

The activities are designed to explore aspects of personal growth focusing on self-awareness, self-assertion, coping with stress and self-acceptance. 

Individuals are encouraged to take part in focussed discussions, small group tasks and personal reflection, using the resources provided to consider ways to develop a more positive self-image and explicit life goals.

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self-awareness, self-assertion, coping with stress and self-acceptance.

Individuals are encouraged to take part in focussed discussions, small

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tasks and personal reflection, using the resources provided to consider

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to develop a more positive self-image and explicit life goals.

Duration

The modules can be completed over:

  • One day
  • Two half days
  • Four consecutive sessions at a time to suit the employer

The activities are designed to explore aspects of personal growth f

ocusing on

self-awareness, self-assertion, coping with stress and self-acceptance.

Individuals are encouraged to take part in focussed discussions, small

group

tasks and personal reflection, using the resources provided to consider

ways

to develop a more positive self-image and explicit life goals.

What you will learn

By taking this course you should have:

  • A greater awareness of self-love and self-worth.
  • Improved skills to empower your yourself and create the right environment
  • Practical tips to achieve goals and life plans through better time and self-management.
  • Increased confidence in overcoming unexpected life scenarios.
  • A deeper understanding of how to use creative visualisation.
  • Awareness of the benefits of creative visualisation.
  • Insight and confidence to use distinct leadership styles to meet different situations and use assertive behaviour.

Course outline

Module 1 - Self-Awareness

Participants are encouraged to explore issues of identity, self-awareness and positive self-esteem

Module 2 - Saying what you mean

Participants are given opportunities to practice self-assertion and effective communication

Module 3 - Life Challenges

Participants consider ways to overcome the challenges in their lives and manage their stress

Module 4 - Life Choices

Participants are helped to identify available life choices and develop individual goals

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Introduction To Counselling Skills

Introduction To Counselling Skills

How to develop your interpersonal skills

Course details

Being able to provide guidance, advice and counselling is a valued asset for any career, especially when it involves helping others to improve the quality of their life. Introduction to Counselling Skills will enable that process by offering a well-informed foundation into this successful and rewarding discipline.

  • 1 day course
  • Develop an awareness of the counselling process and the skills involved.
  • Understand the sensitivities to and awareness of the process of change.
  • Learn how to identify the need for support in counselling activities.

What you will learn

By taking this course you’ll gain imperative knowledge on some key counselling skills and how to use them.

  • Demonstrate and understand some of the essential skills necessary for the managing of interviews using counselling skills.
  • Present their awareness of the need for support and the confines of using counselling skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the ethical issues linked with using counselling skills.

*Know your limits: this course will not train you to be a counsellor.

Course outline

Module 1 - What is Counselling ?

What is counselling and what is the counselling process?

Module 2 – Conducting Interviews

Explore how to conduct interviews showing the use of a wide variety of counselling skills.

Module 3 – Setting clear boundaries

Learn why observation is important and how to set clear boundaries and structure.

Module 4 - Walking the Walk

Being able to provide guidance, advice and counselling is a valued asset for any career, especially when it involves helping others to improve the quality of their life. Introduction to Counselling Skills will enable that process by offering a well-informed foundation into this successful and rewarding discipline.

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Increase wellbeing and inclusion

Increase wellbeing and inclusion in early years

An online course for practitioners teaching the benefits of wellbeing, how to develop wellbeing in themselves, the children in their care and their parents

Course details

This new e-Learning programme from the Institute of Wellbeing will help you learn how to work with parents and their community to improve life outcomes in children and families

  • Discover how to develop wellbeing in yourself, the children in your care and their parents.
  • Get tools and resources to help you ensure your setting is inclusive and promotes wellbeing.
  • Continue investing in your professional development, get CPD points*
  • Learn how a wellbeing approach can help you work with families to increase inclusion.

How does the course work

Online Modules

The course is divided into eight online modules. With an additional two refresher modules at the end of the course. You will have access to content, all from the comfort of your own home allowing you to establish an expert level of understanding, at your own pace.

Practice

You’ll take what you’ve learned in the modules and be encouraged to put them into practice. Using the latest messages from research with the information, tasks, homework and practical resources you will have the chance to document your experiences and thoughts in your own unique online course diary.

 

What you will learn

By taking this course you’ll gain imperative knowledge on how to work with parents and their community to improve life outcomes in children and families.

  • Have a better understanding of the concepts of wellbeing and inclusion and why and how you should use them in your early years practice.
  • Why embedding inclusion and wellbeing in your practice is important reflect on own your own wellbeing and how to be an effective wellbeing practitioner.
  • How wellbeing-inclusive practice is a vital early intervention that can increase social mobility understand the importance of the home learning environment in improving children’s wellbeing outcomes and how to help parents help their children.
  • How to support children and families with special needs, and deliver the key points of the 2014 SEND code of practice.
  • Understand how to implement inclusive wellbeing practice in your own setting.
  • Understand why reaching out to the community is essential to ensure inclusion and wellbeing, and to deepen your knowledge about how to connect with families who don’t take up the early education free entitlement.

Your complete online learning toolkit

Each unique stage contains everything parents and carers need to learn about the importance of creating both a positive home learning environment and a balanced sense of wellbeing.

Interactive Activities

Engaging case studies and quizzes.

check lists

Get the key steps necessary for effective results

Discover

Designed to underpin your knowledge and practical skills

Knowledge Tests

To challenge everyday practices

tasks

Supporting your reflective practice-based learning

Action planning tips

Creating link between your learning and its impact

Taken by hundereds of practioners across the UK

Course outline

Module 1

What wellbeing is and why early years professionals need to understand it.

Module 2

Looking at your own wellbeing and how that affects your practice.

Module 3

Your role in supporting parents’ and children’s wellbeing in the early years.

Module 4

Working with parents to help them improve the Home Learning Environment​.

Module 5

How to identify children with a special educational need, support them and their families, and apply the 2014 SEND code of practice

Module 6

How to make your setting a place of wellbeing and what you and your colleagues can do to make it welcoming for families​

Module 7

Reaching out into the community to ensure all parents take up their early education free entitlement​

Module 8

Review of learning and working with parents checklist

Additional Features

Each unique stage contains everything parents and carers need to learn about the importance of creating both a positive home learning environment and a balanced sense of wellbeing.

Interactive Activities

Engaging case studies and quizzes.

check lists

Get the key steps necessary for effective results

Knowledge Tests

To challenge everyday practices

tasks

Supporting your reflective practice-based learning

Increase wellbeing and inclusion in early years

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£127

£30

  • Immediate online access
  • 10 unique learning modules
  • Increase wellbeing
  • Practical learning activities
  • Certificate on completion*

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Parents for Life

Parents for Life

The online course for mums, dads and carers of babies and children upto the age of 5

Course details

The new e-learning programme from the Institute of Wellbeing which supports parents and carers in engaging with learning activities around literacy and communication in a positive home learning environment.

  • Get tools and resources to help you ensure your home environment is positive and promotes wellbeing.
  • Learn new ways to increase your child’s language and literacy skills.
  • Discover how increasing your own sense of wellbeing can improve your child’s wellbeing.

How does the course work

Online Modules

The online course is divided into 10 mini-modules lasting approximately 10/20 minutes each.  Each module contains the latest messages from research with the information, tasks, homework and practical resources you will need to understand and digest before moving on to the next module. Once you have completed the course, you will be able to download your certificate.

*Not all aspects of the course are mobile friendly so we strongly recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best user experience.

Practice

Each module focuses on a different aspect or stage of your child’s development, with ideas for activities to engage in with your child, how to look after yourself, and where you can find out more information about different aspects of helping your child learn. Each page includes a link to an online reflective diary where you are encouraged to write down your feelings about the ideas suggested, and what it is like to do these things with your child.

Your complete online learning toolkit

Each unique stage contains everything parents and carers need to learn about the importance of creating both a positive home learning environment and a balanced sense of wellbeing.

FEATURES

Designed to support your child's early life skills, development and learning

Knowledge Tests

Unique tools to assess positive mental health, wellbeing and confidence

surveys

Designed to help measure your learning journey

Interactive Activities

Designed to help measure your learning journey

Discover

Find inspiration and share your ideas on our Facebook page with other parents

Action planning tips

Reflective home-based learning activities

What you will learn

By taking this course you’ll gain imperative knowledge on how to improve life outcomes in children and families.

  • How to create daily fun activities, to help your child increase their speech, language, communication and counting.
  • How to develop the skills your child needs to talk, listen and understand
  • How your wellbeing impacts the wellbeing of your child
  • The benefits of attending to your own wellbeing

Taken by mums, dads and carers all over the UK

Course outline

Module 1

Getting it right from the start

Module 2

Learning at home is easy and fun​

Module 3

Nurturing your child’s language skills​

Module 4

Getting it right for their age​

Module 5

Your child and the wider world

Module 6

When English isn’t your first language

Module 7

Help your child to be a good talker

Module 8

Children and technology​

Module 9

Don’t forget yourself​

Module 10

Maintaining your own wellbeing

Give your child the right start today

£30

  • Immediate online access
  • 10 unique learning modules
  • Increase wellbeing
  • Fun practical learning activities
  • Certificate on completion*