Creating a Happy School Workshop
Solution Focused Strategies for teachers and professionals.
Dr Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of Solution Focused therapy, coaching and organizational development.
(5 CPD Points)
Date: 16 September 2019
CPD Points: 5 CPD Points
Time: 09h00 – 15h00
Venue: TBC, Johannesburg
Includes: Tea/coffee and light lunch
Price: R1 400-00
Presenter: Dr Ben Furman (Finland)
Dr Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist and an internationally renowned teacher of solution-focused therapy, coaching and organizational development.
Let’s create happy schools where children can flourish and learn. Schools are full of incredible teachers, creative children and strong communities all with the best interest of the child at heart. However, schools can also be places full of problems and difficulties. Dr Ben Furman a Finish psychiatrist has developed an approach he calls Kids’Skills, a solution focused approach to helping teachers, parents and helping professionals to help children overcome problems and create happy schools. This inspirational one-day workshop is an opportunity to explore the concept of Solution Focused thinking and look at how this practical application of strength-based psychology can change the way teachers and learners work and communicate in schools. Dr Ben Furman believes that in the presence of a problem lies an absence of a skill. He is less interested in why the child has the problem and more interested in what we can do to solve it. Dr Furman believes that in order to create a happy school we need not talk about problems but rather talk about skills to learn because for every problem there is always a skill to learn to overcome the problem. Further, the workshop will explore ways to make a gentle shift from talking about problems to talking about skills that create restorative problem-solving strategies that foster growth and wellbeing in children and teachers alike. The workshop will also explore how to teach this way of thinking to children and young people, not only though role-modelling but also through engaging, fun activities and games that everyone enjoys. This workshop is ideal for school leaders and teachers, particularly those interested in creating positive Happy schools with a Solution Focused mindset and any health care practitioner working within a school setting.
Aims of the Workshop:
- How to approach minor and major problems in a solution-focused manner; applying the steps of the Kids’Skills method.
- How initiate “discussion” with an individual child when change is called for.
- How to build a collaborative relationship with the child’s parents and other family members.
- How to engage the child’s peers in the process as supporters.
- How to use Kids’Skills with the entire classroom and groups of children.
- How to communicate with your colleagues in an appreciative and solution-focused manner.
- How to increase happiness in your own family using the same principles at home.
Outcomes of the Workshop:
- Apply a solution-focused mindset to problems.
- Create solution focused discussions with an individual child when change is called for.
- Build a collaborative relationship with the child’s parents and other family members.
- Engage the child’s peers in the process as supporters.
- Apply Kids’Skills with the entire classroom and groups of children.
- Communicate with your colleagues in an appreciative and solution-focused manner.
- Increase happiness in your own family using the same principles at home.
Recommended reading list:
- Furman, B 2016: Kids skills in Action: A Solution Focused Method of coaching children to overcome difficulties: Helsinki brief therapy Institute: Helsinki Finland.
- Furman, B 2012: Solution Centred growth. Helsinki brief therapy Institute: Helsinki Finland.
- Furman, B 2010: Kids skills in Action: Playful and creative stories of Solution finding with children. St Luke’s Innovative resources