This workshop gives an opportunity to focus on the emotional needs of boys and how to meet these. We lift the lid on an emerging urgent inclusion issue,namely meeting the emotional needs of boys. Everyone knows a boy. They may be pupil, son, brother, parent or partner. Boys when they become adults are over represented in the prison, and mental health system.
Meeting emotional needs
This workshop gives an opportunity to focus on the emotional needs of boys and how to meet these. We lift the lid on an emerging urgent inclusion issue,namely meeting the emotional needs of boys. Everyone knows a boy. They may be pupil, son, brother, parent or partner. Boys when they become adults are over represented in the prison, and mental health system. In one recent year 1300 young men committed suicide in the UK. In the UK the commonest cause of death among those aged 16-35 is suicide. Three men for every one woman kill themselves every year (Guardian, June 2006). 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence and 2 women a week are killed by a current or ex partner. Boys and men are a major concern. We need to find ways to allow them to unclench their hearts and learn to experience, process, communicate and manage their own emotional lives for their own and for the good of the wider community.
‘Thanks for a super day, lots of good ideas for our citizens of the future. We need to offer them the best and what we would offer our own children’??
‘Enjoyed the day very much. Brilliant ideas and lots of food for thought. Will use the solution circle. A great tool!’
‘went well and the ethos/participation was commendably facilititated. well done’.
‘Still getting lots of positive messages this end.’
Increased understanding of boys’ emotional needs
Access to a wider range of practical strategies to impact on meeting emotional and behaviour problems
Deeper understanding of core values surrounding inclusion of boys
Opportunity to reflect on professional attitudes and behaviour towards boys and their emotional challenges
New skills and processes to make boys’ inclusion and achievement more successful
Who Is It For ?
Early years and school based practitioners
Teaching Assistants with support roles
Heads and deputies
Advanced skills teachers
Primary and secondary classroom teachers
Local authority support services
The course explores the questions :
Is there a problem with boys?
What can we do to meet the emotional needs of boys?
What should our priority be with boys?
This workshop will explore:
Cultural and historical expectations of boys in our society
Shared experiences of teaching and parenting boys
Circle of Courage as away of understanding emotional needs
Colin Newton and Derek Wilson are Co-founders and Directors of Inclusive Solutions. Together they have a combined experience of over 65 years experience as educational psychologists working across the UK.
For 18 years since founding Inclusive Solutions they have offered a range of inspiring inclusion oriented services including casework, person centred planning, innovative training and community building. Previously as Principal and Senior strategic Educational Psychologists in Nottingham City LEA, they bring a wealth of practical, applied solutions and processes from their work with children and young people with exceptional needs aged between 0-19.
Together they have written several books such as: Creating Circles of Friends, Circles of Adults, Restorative Solutions,Keys to Inclusion and Person Centred Planning Together. Inclusive Solutions is also a small publishing house and has published a number of books for other leading internationally renouned inclusive authors including: Incurably Human, Taking the Time, Seeing the Charade, Quiet Riot and Dear Parents.
They have planted and built Community Circles in Nottingham, Scotland and Suffolk. They continue to co facilitate Nottingham NG Circle which has been running for over 8 years.
Currently they are providing training nationally and internationally with a wonderful team of associates.