Teachers are encouraged firstly to focus on understanding the mind and the extent to which they know how to get the best out of them self. They are then engaged as skilled professionals in exploring how the developing brain impacts emotion and emotional responses in childhood, through adolescence, and into early adulthood. This enables teachers to understand more fully phases in brain development that offer opportunities to learning, and what limitations exist. We aim that teachers leave our workshops with practical ideas and strategies that can be readily applied to themselves and their pupils.
These workshops are typically run as a series across fully day, half day, or twilight sessions, and popular themes include:
- Understanding the child and adolescent mind
- Recognising and managing emotional interference and hijacks
- Exploring the troop drive and peer influence
- Building self-esteem, self-worth, self-image and self-confidence
- Understanding motivation and the impact of rewards
- Examining impulsivity and risk taking behaviour
- Slowing thinking and developing the use of logical over emotional responses to learning
- Helping children and young people to be aspirational
- Building responsibility and commitment in children and young people
‘Following training with Chimp Management, 95% of staff said in their performance management reviews that it had helped them in both their job role and personal life. Staff felt supported to reflect on their own behaviour, how to manage relationships with others and how to successfully manage stress in our busy working and personal lives. I recommend Chimp Management as essential CPD for all heads and school staff!’ (Hampshire Headteacher).
‘The self reflection process that this program has encouraged me to do has made me identify the things that are most precious to me in my life. This has led me to address the imbalances I may have developed between my work and my family – my professional and personal life. Despite only having scratched the surface of this mind management program, without reaIising, I have already made positive changes to my life which have been noticed and more importantly welcomed by my family and friends’. (Shropshire Secondary School Teacher).