Stress with its specific combination of cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioral response has positive and negative side. A result of a stressful experience can be a loss of health, but we can also feel more powerful, resilient and compassionate. Comprehensive (holistic) stress management strategies are important protective factor for successful and satisfying work of teachers and other professions. Among the most widely recognized practices in stress management is mindfulness. It helps us to replenish our internal resources and increase our psychosocial hardiness and resilience. When faced with stressful situations in a school, mindfulness helps us to be aware of and connected with whatever is happening inside and around us. On the other side, our diverse competencies will give us a strength to initiate change when appropriate.
Stress management course will provide participants the opportunity to gain insight into their individual patterns of stress response. It will build on their internal and external resources for successful stress management. Participants will learn about the upside of stress as a source of progress, mastery and growth and will gain knowledge and skills for successful stress management. The focus will be given to mindfulness practice. They will be able to use new stress management knowledge and skills in their work with students and primarily in their personal and professional life.
Teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs), teacher trainers, careers officers, educational counsellors, school psychologists, headteachers / principals / managers of schools / HRM professionals.
– Understanding dynamics and characteristics of stress
– Role of thoughts, feelings, body and behavior in stress response
– Exploring internal world in stressful conditions – understanding “my patterns”
– Mindfulness: building self-awareness and frustration tolerance in stressful conditions
– How to stay calm in classroom: noticing, accepting and letting go of negative thoughts
– Practicing breathing and self-awareness techniques in classroom
– Sustained attention in classroom: use of mindful walking, drawing and listening
– Half-day excursion to one of Slovenian highlights
– Supporting students when dealing with stressful (exams, public speaking) and traumatic experience (accidents, losses, violence …)
– Maintaining newly learned skills in stress management
– Key learning points, personal action plan, action plan for classroom
– Concluding remarks, feedback to the trainer using creativity technique.
– Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
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- 22. 03. – 28. 03.
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Useful information about Stress management course
Effective stress management is “must have” competency of many teachers and trainers. We are offering highly experiential course that combines the latest findings from cognitive psychology with mindfulness approach to stress reduction. Some of the competencies acquired during the course are:
- Understanding development of stress response mechanism.
- Learn how to influence automatic thoughts that trigger anxiety and stress response.
- Exploring individual patterns of stress response in ourselves and at others.
- Getting familiar with basic principles of mindfulness, scientifically proven approach to stress reduction.
- Learn how to use simple breath meditation to stay focused and calm in difficult situations.
- Practicing and leading simple relaxation techniques that ease the anxiety of the students.
- Applying different stress reduction methods to typical difficult situations in the classroom (exam anxiety, public speaking, violence).
- Using mindfulness to understand and express difficult emotions.
- Learn how to implement holistic approach to stress management in work with students.
- Applying methods that foster attention and concentration of the students.
- Learn how to develop sustainable coping mechanism of the students that have problems with regulation of emotions and frustrations.
Stress management course is focused on the development of competencies in two interconnected ways. First it offers scientifically proven tools for understanding, accepting and coping with difficult situations. Then it presents stress reduction methods that are easily applied to individuals or groups in classroom, school, office or at home. New competencies can be transferable into many different situations:
- Developing effective stress management mechanism that are especially important for those that work in highly demanding environment.
- Offering holistic support for teachers that are facing major changes (beginning of the career, working in intercultural environment, accepting demanding job roles).
- Raising self-awareness of students that are facing difficult situations with focus on thoughts, sensations and feelings.
- Empowering students with weak frustration tolerance and coping mechanisms.
- Helping students with problems in communication or regulation of emotions.
- Building respectful, tolerant and cooperative climate in the classroom.
- Preparing students for difficult situations where the level of anxiety is higher than usual.
- Helping students to overcome extraordinary traumatic experiences.
- Improving level of attention in school subjects that are seen as too demanding or unmotivating for students.
- Fostering flow in classroom.
- Meeting colleagues of different nationalities and building fruitful network for further collaboration.
Meet the trainers
Mateja Štirn, M. Sc., is a psychologist and psychotherapist with many years of working experiences in fields of psychological counseling, trainings and psychoeducational work with groups and in the field of violence and child abuse prevention. She works in the Institute for psychological-counseling developmental projects (ISA Institute). Important part of her professional focus goes to the problem of psychological trauma, working with victims of traumatic events and to child abuse primary prevention. She has been the CAP (Child Abuse Prevention) project coordinator for Slovenia since 1998 and the head of the Strengthening Families Initiative for Slovenia since 2010. Important part of her professional and personal development are permanent trainings covering the basic areas of her professional interests. She finished the Integrative psychotherapy training and gained the integrative psychotherapist certificate.
Andrej has always been strongly interested in people so he decided to study Psychology. After the Bachelor degree he finished Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. He dedicated first two years to market research and branding. After that he successfully used marketing approach and strong customer focus in HRM. In six years he distinguished himself as an expert for strategic HRM projects in big international company. He feels most competent in Talent Management, Competency Models, 360-degree Performance Review and Selection of Key personnel. He leads interactive, tailor-made workshops for experts, middle management and senior management. Among the most popular topics are Career Development, Teambuilding, Change Management, Stress management, Leadership and Sales Techniques. He tries to combine innovative exercises with insights from NLP and SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory). At the present, most of his energy is devoted to development and implementation of various projects that support personal and organizational change, especially in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. He believes that innovative thinking and strong customer focus can bring good results.
Ana Arzenšek, PhD, is a psychologist and transactional analyst. She works at the Faculty of management at the University of Primorska. Her main teaching and research areas include human resource management, communication in business environment and organisational behaviour, where she authored or co-authored various scientific papers. She worked as an HRM assistant in financial sector. She has carried out several workshops in the field of human resource development. As a transactional analyst, she is involved in psychological counselling, fostering productive problem solving behaviours. Her main professional interest is in creating positive changes in behaviour in private life and in organisational settings.