About the Life Skills for Schools programme
The Aware Life Skills for schools programme is a free educational programme offered to students aged 15-18. The programme contains six modules and is delivered over four weeks in 75 minutes sessions. The reason the programme takes place over four weeks is to give students time to reflect on the key learning point each week 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 Life Skills programme is not counselling, It is an educational programme designed to help young people aged 15-18 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 if 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.
How to request the ‘Life Skills for Schools’ programme?
If you are a teacher of senior cycle students and would like to request this programme please complete the online request form here.