Training Courses

trauma responsive education

Training Courses

Training courses will be offered as a series of three webinars and based on Marie Delaney's best selling books. The first of these three courses - 'Attachment for Teachers' - will be offered in 2020, while courses will be run in early 2021 for 'Teaching the Unteachable' and 'What to do with the kid who...' 

Attachment for Teachers 

Have you got students who seem unreachable, for whom your best strategies are not working? The student who cannot focus and sit still? The student who continually interrupts? The student who is withdrawn and not engaged? The student who easily becomes angry and aggressive? The student who seems to want to control the class? These may be students with attachment difficulties.

Duration : 3 x 2 hour sessions:

- Session 1: Monday 21st September 2020
- Session 2: Monday 19th October 2020
- Session 3: Monday 16th November 2020
4.30pm - 6.30pm

Price €119
or discounted price of €69 for members  
Includes a copy of the book
‘Attachment for Teachers’ by Marie Delaney

More information
Every teacher needs to understand the importance of attachment in schools because securely attached pupils can make good use of learning opportunities, trust the adults in the school and manage the challenges of school well. However many pupils come into our classes everyday unable to settle to learn, with preoccupied minds, feeling insecure and mistrustful. They may have learned behaviours which keep them safe outside school but which are not appropriate in school. They often show their fears and anxieties through challenging behaviour and disengagement from learning.

In this course, based on the best-selling book by Marie Delaney ‘Attachment for Teachers’, we will look at the different types of insecure attachment, how this shows up in school and practical strategies for teachers to use to support these pupils.

Topics covered will include:
- Who are these pupils? – How insecure attachment shows up in school
- The links between attachment, learning and behaviour
- Understanding the difference between behaviour management and behaviour change
- Effective use of teacher language for classroom management and skills development
- The curriculum as a vehicle for change and skills development
- Applying the thinking to specific case studies of pupils with suggested strategies
- Tips for teachers to retain their own sanity
- Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss how to apply their new knowledge to their own pupils and to engage with like-minded teachers for support and ideas. 



Teaching the Unteachable

Duration: 3 x 2 hour sessions
Coming in early 2021
Dates to be confirmed

Price €119
or discounted price of €69 for members  
Includes a copy of the book
Teaching the Unteachable’ by Marie Delaney

More information
There are some pupils who just seem unteachable and unreachable. Their behaviour constantly challenges and distresses us. Even the most experienced teachers can feel de-skilled and frustrated. We often spend many hours in school discussing these students and trying to make plans for working with them. This course will present a framework for understanding challenging behaviour as a form of communication of unmet needs. It will offer practical ways to recognise and change negative interaction patterns between teachers and students. It will also consider the impact of challenging behaviour on the teacher and the ways in which teachers can manage this more effectively.

Topics covered will include:
- Why some students are more difficult to teach
- Why tried and trusted behaviour management techniques sometimes don’t work
- The different between behaviour management and behaviour change
- Recognising and disrupting negative patterns of interaction
- The effects of trauma on the brain and learning
- The importance of play and games
- Conscious and unconscious processes which affect readiness for teaching and learning
- Managing your reactions and interventions
- Developing practical classroom strategies to deal with challenging behaviour
- Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss how to apply their new knowledge to their own pupils and to engage with like-minded teachers for support and ideas. 


What can I do with the kid who….?

Duration: 3 x 2 hour sessions 
Coming in early 2021
Dates to be confirmed

Price €119
or discounted price of €69 for members  
Includes a copy of the book
What can I do with the kid who...’ by Marie Delaney

More information
Every teacher knows that there is always going to be at least one challenging student in any class, a student who takes up huge amounts of your time, energy, patience and goodwill. Building on the ideas presented in ‘Teaching the Unteachable’, this course looks at 7 behaviours which teachers worldwide find disruptive and worrying. Participants will work through detailed case studies using the RETHINK model, developed by Marie Delaney, to work out strategies for what to do and what to say to enable students to settle to learn.

Topics covered will include:
- Introduction of the RETHINK model
- The kid who continually calls out
- The kid who rubbishes their work and the teacher
- The kid who is too quiet and withdrawn
- The kid who bullies the teacher
- The kid who can’t sit still
- The kid who can’t remember anything
- The kid who controls the classroom
- Working with parents/carers using the RETHINK model
- Working with other colleagues using the RETHINK model
- Participants will have an opportunity to relate the learning from the case studies to their own specific examples and to engage with like-minded teachers for support and ideas. 

Trainer

More information on our trainer
Marie Delaney
Co-Founder
Marie is a teacher, educational psychotherapist, trainer and writer. Her teachings have inspired a generation of teachers to think outside the box and to challenge their thinking on managing behaviour. She equips teachers with practical strategies to engage all students and does it all with a sense of humour.

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