Optimistic Kids is a 10 week program that school staff can deliver in their classroom. Each session is made up of a combination of group activities, worksheets, group discussions, videos and relaxation activities. There are also homework activities to help students practise and consolidate new skills.
Each of the 10 sessions is designed to last 90 minutes with a 10 minute break in the middle. Alternatively the program can easily be delivered as 20 sessions of 40 minutes.
The 10 sessions are:
- Behaviours and thoughts
- Facts to back up your thoughts
- Reducing worry and taking control
- Performing under pressure
- Managing anger and frustration
- Boosting self-belief
- Using your strengths
- Goal setting and achieving
- Putting it all together.
Staff professional learning (PL):
Staff Professional Learning is required for teachers to deliver the program in their classrooms. Training for Optimistic Kids is a two day course run by Simon Andrews (creator of Optimistic Kids).
Trainings are held in a central Adelaide location. If there are 12 or more staff from a particular school, a particular rural region, or interstate, then Simon is happy to travel to that location.