About the Life Skills for Schools programme
The Aware Life Skills for Schools programme is a free educational programme available for Transition Year students. The programme contains six modules; each module takes 75 minutes, and is delivered one module a week over six weeks. The reason the programme takes place over six weeks is to give students time to reflect on the key learning point from each module and time to experiment with the ‘new ways of thinking’ presented. The weekly schedule also allows time for students to raise any questions they might have with their programme instructor.
The programme is based on Aware’s Life Skills programme for adults, which receives very positive feedback from participants in relation to the helpful impact it had on both their life and their mood. The schools programme teaches students the ability to understand the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions; to understand the impact of external events; to look at challenges differently; to develop inner confidence, and to understand how they can improve their own wellbeing.
The Life Skills programme is not counselling: It is an educational programme designed to help young people learn new ways to deal with concerns and challenges in life. It uses an approach based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which focuses on thinking and behaviour.
CBT focuses on thinking and behaviour and has been shown to be an effective intervention for mild to moderate depression and/or anxiety. When a person is dealing with very stressful issues or beginning to develop symptoms of depression they are more vulnerable to filtering out positive experiences and focusing on unhelpful thoughts. This negative bias informs a person’s behaviour and can start to influence their decision making process at work, at home, or in relationships in an unhelpful way.
The principles of CBT illustrate interesting examples of common ‘ways we think’ and explores if ‘how we are thinking’ is helpful or not and whether there is sufficient evidence to support our thoughts. It questions if we have, over time, mistaken our ‘thoughts’ for fact. This approach challenges habitual behaviour influenced by negative thoughts. The CBT approach can help us to make small, practical changes in areas of our life that we find difficult. Taking these small actions can improve our mood and also reduce some of the symptoms associated with depression, stress or anxiety.
Who is the programme aimed at?
The programme is aimed at students in Transition Year.
How to request the ‘Life Skills for Schools’ programme?
If you are a teacher of TY students and would like to request this programme please complete the online request form here.