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before and after school workshops 

Testimonial from parent, Northbridge

Not only does my 7 year old daughter worry less now, but she actually sings on the way to her ‘Resilience in Kids’ classes as she enjoys them so much. I am so grateful to the team for helping her better navigate friendships and the schoolyard in a healthy and positive way

Why workshops?

Children are able to learn critical ‘life’ skills in a social context - this is as close to real life as it gets. They are also able to learn alongside their peers - for some this means strengthening existing friendships, for others it means making new ones. For all it involves the beautiful realisation that they are not alone in whatever it is they are experiencing. This in itself is so powerful.

They are able to learn from their peers and build a strong relationship with their Resilience Coach - how wonderful for children to have another trusted adult they can speak with. They are also given a safe and confidential space where they can talk freely about what is going on for them - some of our gorgeous kids tell us that this is the first time they have felt heard.

the lowdown

You sign up via our website for a term at a time. There are 9 or 10 workshops each term (depending which day the workshop is taking place on) and each workshop lasts for 60-minutes. There are typically 6-10 children in each group and we break the workshops up into years K-3 and 3-6. Our workshops run on the Lower North Shore and in the Inner West of Sydney.

The workshops are for everyday children experiencing everyday challenges, such as making good friendship choices, managing their emotions and learning that it is OK to make mistakes. They are play-based and include a range of fun activities, including games, art, drama, music, movement and breathing.

Through our workshops we develop the behaviours detailed in our Resilience Framework: I am self-confident, I believe I can grow, I can solve problems, I can show empathy, I can keep going when things are tough, I am optimistic, I am self-aware and I can handle my emotions. We frame this in an overarching focus area, which include friendship, self-worth, fear, worry, anxiety and managing emotions.

Our workshops are run by teachers with a therapeutic background, or therapists with group experience. We don’t offer therapy but are equipped to respond to whatever comes up in the workshops.

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Click below to find out what we will be focusing on in our Term 2 workshops.

 

 

HOLIDAY CAMPS 

Testimonial from parent, Cammeray

Simply fantastic! Big thanks to Erin. My son had a superb day.

why holiday camps?

We all sometimes need to send our kids to camps in the school holidays - maybe we need to work, maybe we have an important appointment we need to go to or maybe we just need to get our kids out of the house and doing something different.

Wouldn’t it be great to know that not only will they love the camp you are sending them to but that they will also learn valuable social and emotional skills at the same time.

the low down

You sign up via our website for a camp at a time. We run full-day camps from 9am - 4pm or half day camps from 12.30 - 5pm. They run on the Lower North Shore, Northern Beaches and in the Inner West of Sydney and are for children aged 5-8 and 9-12. We run a range of camps and regularly introduce new ones - see below for further info.

Our camps are for everyday children experiencing everyday challenges, such as making good friendship choices, managing their emotions and learning that it is OK to make mistakes. They are play-based and include a range of fun activities that we explore through games, art, drama, music, movement, breathing and storytelling. Our camps are framed by stories or metaphors that act as a container for the games and activities we play and bring these to life.

Through our camps we develop the behaviours detailed in our Resilience Framework: I am self-confident, I believe I can grow, I can solve problems, I can show empathy, I can keep going when things are tough, I am optimistic, I am self-aware and I can handle my emotions. We frame this in an overarching focus area, i.e. staying cool and calm or building confidence.

Children don't have to have attended our term-time workshops or 1-1 coaching to benefit from our camps, but equally if they have attended these they will enjoy the opportunity to top up their skills through new and fresh games and activities.

Our are run by teachers with a therapeutic background, or therapists with group experience. We don’t offer therapy but need to be able to respond to whatever comes up in the camps.

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Calm Camp

This is a fun and play-based camp that explores emotions, in particular those uncomfortable emotions that can so easily derail and overwhelm children. We help children become more aware of their feelings, explain what is going on in their bodies when they experience uncomfortable emotions and teach them some simple techniques for calming down. Children leave the camp with a set of practical tools and strategies they can use at any time to help them calm down. This is a popular camp and it includes a follow up email for parents explaining what each child’s toolkit includes and how this can be used at home.

Confidence Camp

This is a fun and play-based camp that explores the concepts of confidence and self-worth. We do this by exploring what children have achieved, who they are, what they can do, what makes them unique and what they can achieve in the future. Children leave the camp with simple and practical tools and strategies for building their confidence and self-worth. This is a popular camp, children particularly love the whole of group activity they work on throughout the day.

Friendship Camp

This is a fun and play-based camp that explores friendship, including making friends, the qualities of good friendships and keeping good friends. It also explores friendship fires, bullying and how to respond when someone does or says something mean. Children leave the camp with simple and practical tools and strategies for nurturing healthy friendships.

This is another popular camp and is one we very much flex to meet the needs of the group we are working with - we find with younger children it’s much more about learning what healthy friendships look like and how to make healthy friendship choices, whereas with older children it can be much more about learning how to manage conflict.

resilience boot-camp (ages 5-8)

This one is a bit of an all-rounder! Another popular camp, this is fun and play-based and helps children feel OK dealing with tricky stuff. We do this by providing children with a toolkit of skills that they can draw upon when faced with tricky situations. The tools directly relate to the behaviours detailed in our Resilience Framework. We explore a different set of behaviours each time we run the camp, to keep things new and fresh.

Resilience boot-camp (ages 9-12)

This one is an all-rounder too! It is a popular, play-based camp that helps children grow stronger every day. It acknowledges that the children are transitioning through the tween years towards adolescence and it works with them as they explore who they are and what makes them unique. It works with the challenges that each group brings to the session, including making friends with fear, thinking positively, making good friendship choices, feeling OK making mistakes, preparing for the transition to high school and lots more. We provide children with a toolkit of skills they can use to help them feel that they are enough. This is a powerful camp.

superpower camp

This is a fun and play-based camp that explores our strengths and what makes us great. Carol Dweck’s work on the growth mindset and the ‘power of yet’ underpins the camp and we encourage children to recognise that we can all get better at things with hard work and effort. We explore making mistakes, perfectionism, failure and more - all through the metaphors of superpowers and superheros. This is another popular camp, kids love it!


 

1-1 child coaching

Testimonial from parent, Northbridge

I am very grateful to Natalie for her most professional approach in helping my 7 year old son increase his confidence in building friendships at school. The one-on-one sessions provide an excellent platform for customised coaching. Whilst my son was initially sceptical towards the benefits of these sessions, Natalie managed to completely turn him around and now he doesn’t wish for the sessions to end. Thank you so much Natalie for your support and we look forward to future sessions.

Why 1-1 child coaching

Children’s specific issues are addressed when they attend 1-1 child coaching as we craft a bespoke coaching program just for them. They are also able to open up and talk freely and openly about what is going on for them - they can do this in our workshops but some older or more anxious children still feel uncomfortable doing this in a group environment, irrespective of how many safe boundaries we put in place.

Children are also able to work through whatever is going on for them at their own pace. Some children will want to leave a couple of weeks between sessions so they can practice what they have been taught. Others will want to learn during the school holidays, when they are less tired and more open to learning.

the low down

Our 1-1 child coaching is made up of a package of 4, 60-minute sessions. The last 10-minutes of each session is spent briefing you on what we have covered and on how you can support what we have taught your child at home. Each package also includes a free, 30-minute call where you can give us some further information about what is going on for your child and what you would like us to work on with your children.

The sessions take place in the comfort of your own home and take place at a time and a pace that suits you. We are also happy to create bespoke coaching programs for siblings or small groups of friends (up to 3 or 4) where they get on well and are experiencing similar challenges.

Our 1-1 child coaching is for everyday children experiencing everyday challenges, such as making good friendship choices, managing their emotions and learning that it is OK to make mistakes. It is play-based and includes a range of fun activities, including games, art, drama, music, movement, breathing and storytelling.

We also offer one-off top-ups for children who have done 4 weeks’ worth of coaching but who would a few more sessions. It’s important to point out that this is not therapy or counselling - there is a fine line between the two which we manage diligently.

Our workshops are run by therapists who are members of a professional association. We don’t offer therapy but are equipped to respond to whatever comes up in the workshops.

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small group parent coaching

why small group parent coaching

Parents who attend our small group program are able to share their experiences with others and learn that they are not alone in experiencing what they are going through. This is a beautiful process to watch and forms a core part of the all important ‘self-care’ that so often goes by the wayside in today’s busy, always ‘on’ culture.

Parents are able to build new and supportive peer relationships and benefit from learning the full breadth of our parent coaching program. They are also able to enjoy spending some quality time away from home life, focusing solely on the critical role they play in their family and doing so in a warm, supportive, relaxed and informal atmosphere.

the lowdown

Our small group coaching for parents consists of 4, 90-minute evening sessions that take place across 4 weeks in a local cafe. We create a warm and inviting ‘home away from home’ atmosphere and invite up to 10 parents to join us for each program.

Our workshop content is underpinned by the latest scientific research into resilience but there is no fluff or scientific jargon - just a practical toolkit of strategies to apply.

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1-1 parent coaching

why 1-1 parent coaching

Parents who opt for 1-1 coaching (or 1-2 - we are happy to coach couples!) are able to focus on the specific challenges that they are experiencing. We can spend our sessions together addressing a particular issue or honing a particular skill, or we can coach you around a broader area, such as helping your child sleep better, helping your child make good friendship choices or helping encourage a greater sense of independence. The key benefit here - we are offering a bespoke solution.

We are also able to work at a time and a pace that suits you and your family rhythm.

the lowdown

Our 1-1 parent coaching is made up of one-off sessions that you can book individually and that either take place in the comfort of your own home or via Zoom (or Skype, we are happy to work with whatever technology works for you!) at a time and a pace that suits you.

Our 1-1 parent coaching is for parents of everyday children experiencing everyday challenges, such as making good friendship choices, managing their emotions and learning that it is OK to make mistakes. 

Whilst we are happy to offer one-off 1-1 sessions, we do strongly recommend you book a minimum of two sessions - we are able to have a much greater impact when we are able to hold a follow up session with you. It’s important to point out that this is not therapy or counselling - there is a fine line between the two which we manage diligently.

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Parent presentations

why parent presentations

Bringing us in to present to parents about how to become their child’s personal ‘Resilience Coach’ gives parents the skills to build their children’s resilience at home. This is important because parents have the most significant influence on their children’s resilience. And why is it important for schools to have resilient children? Because resilient children achieve better educational outcomes.

Our presentations can also help relieve the pressure on teachers as they have a more resilient student and parent community to work with.

the lowdown

Our presentations last either 90- or 120-minutes. We typically deliver them in the evenings but are flexible and can also deliver these during the day. Our presentations are underpinned by the latest scientific research but are fluff and jargon free - our focus is on giving parents simple and practical tools and techniques.

We focus on developing the behaviours in our Resilience Framework and addressing the challenges children and parents tell us they are experiencing. But outside of that we are happy to create wholly bespoke events that meet the unique needs of the school community we are working with.

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educator professional development

why educator professional development

We give your educators simple and practical skills, tools and techniques to be able to build a resilient culture in your organisation - whether it is a school, a sporting club, a child care centre, or similar organisation.

This isn’t about creating extra work for your educators - we’re not giving them extra lesson plans to fit into their already busy schedule and we’re not expecting them to do copious amounts of extra study. Rather our aim is to give them the language and the insight they need to be able to respond to their students and each other in a resilience building way. It’s about enabling a ‘new way of working around here’.

the lowdown

This is a highly tailored and bespoke offering that we will craft in partnership with you and based on the unique challenges that you are facing. It typically consists of a short and sharp professional development solution, along with ongoing support and follow up post the event.

Contact us below to find out more.