Literacy Made Liberating; Easing Fears and Uncovering Ability – Three hours
Training that shares Aleph’s principles in regard to the compassionate teaching of literacy. You will learn how to use creative approaches that make literacy enjoyable and empowering for young people. All materials are supplied. Please call or email to discuss the venue. £30 per person
Therapeutic Learning Workshop – Six hours.
Covering a wider range of approaches, you can learn more about Therapeutic Learning techniques and the reasons behind them. This way you can help a child, young person or adult to feel comfortable with – and even excited by – the challenges of learning. You will also discover how to use therapeutic activities that can uncover some of the problems that arise in various learning situations, and look at ways to negotiate such difficulties with those in authority at school, college, university or the workplace. The workshop will also be of value to those who work with young people in further education or training. All materials are supplied. Please call or email to discuss the venue. £48 per person
Understanding Therapeutic Learning; Online Course – Twelve Hours
You may like to take a four week online course, during which you will receive unlimited guidance via email, telephone and Skype. £100 per person.
What you can expect
I will share with you the principles that underpin Aleph Therapeutic Learning approaches and which make them effective, along with a range of original resources and activities. We look at the important issue of learning-related anxiety and how this will not be resolved without understanding and compassion. I encourage you to be creative and to view the process of learning in a new way. We see how learning can be gained when we allow diversion from a topic, and how expressions of discontent can be used to advantage.
When you take the online course, you will be required to do some writing every week, or, if writing presents particular difficulty, to make some audio recordings for me to hear. During the course I will provide unlimited support, and shall continue to provide that for a full month after your course ends.
When using Aleph approaches there can often be an immediate improvement in the learner’s confidence and ability. However, because of the highly personal nature of learning, it may take up to four sessions with your own young person or with your student/s for you to develop a full understanding of their difficulties, and to choose the best ways to respond. In showing you my approaches, I do my very best to enable you to have your young person or your students feeling much more at ease with learning and far more trusting in their own ability by their fifth session with you. With the Aleph approach, almost all learners will begin to show more skillful use of language, both verbally and in written form.
The Language and Diversity Project – Twelve hours
A six week course in which young people investigate the origins of prejudice and stereotypical attitudes. Participants examine a range of engaging short stories that illustrate the real-life circumstances of other people. They are sensitively invited to look more deeply at experiences of exclusion and insecurity. Participants are also able to share their own insecurities, although this is done with subtlety through creative activities. Group discussion happens in each session. Thoughts, feelings and discoveries in connection with the issues that we examine must be recorded in writing or by audio recording. This project has been designed for young people of all abilities, aged eleven and upward. £80 per participant.
What you can expect
Young people will take part in activities that are delivered in ways that encourage free thinking and the confidence to express feelings in writing, no matter how that writing appears. If impairment prevents writing, audio recordings will serve the same purpose. If participants themselves have faced or are facing challenges (whether or not they are able to share them) they will see that the project exists to include their own challenges. Because of the nature of the project, a young person may want to disclose a highly personal issue; if this should happen it will be handled with sensitivity and dealt with according to child protection procedures.
Participants are almost certain to gain a broader view of the attitudes that lead to discrimination and prejudice. In delivering the project it has been seen that even the most disaffected participants can develop entirely different views about people from other backgrounds, of other ethnicity, other ages, unconventional gender and other abilities. At the end of the project, some have been keen to advocate for others and have done so articulately. Participants have increased their ability to express full understanding of a topic in writing and/or verbally, which of course has positive implications for their work in other areas.