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Workshops for young people
If you want to get some idea of what the groups are like that I run, here is a little video of a group we ran in Sydney a little while ago.
Workshops by topics
‘The voice in your head’
This workshop looks at how we see ourselves and what we tell ourselves and the difference this can make to how we navigate our way through life and all that comes our way.
Discrimination and its opposite
Just as a community might want to look at how to develop into the sort of place everyone would want to live, so too might a school look at how to become a welcoming and inspiring place…
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Topics in details
‘The voice in your head’
The title sounds a little odd, but really it’s just saying this: if you tell yourself you’re worthwhile, you are likely to be so. And the reverse is true too. So this workshop looks at how we see ourselves and what we tell ourselves and the difference this can make to how we navigate our way through life and all that comes our way, the tough stuff, the ordinary stuff and the wonderful stuff.
Finding ‘my place’
Everyone needs to be part of something, and part of something worthwhile; supportive, motivating and just plain fun. Finding, creating this place usually involves others, because we are made for connection. And in a modern world with movement and disruption, this workshop is about creating that place, not just waiting for it; but being strong and active about noticing, strengthening and extending a sense of identity; building connections with others and building a ‘place.’ A place of safety and challenge, of growth and joy. All sounds a bit romantic, but it’s totally realistic and ‘do-able.’
Gender, sex and sexuality
Fraught, volatile and interesting topics. How do boys/girls women/men want to be seen by members of their own sex? By members of the opposite sex? What is sexuality? What are the various ways sexuality can manifest itself in people’s lives? Where does sex belong? How do you decide what you want? What are others’ expectations of you? And what do you expect of yourself? Does love still exist and where do you find it? How do you know you have found it? What is a relationship anyway?
Alcohol and other drug use
How do you decide what you want to do with your body? What might encourage you to take a risk? To use alcohol or other drugs? Use them dangerously? If you started to get into trouble with use, how would you know? How would your friends know? What help might you need and where would you get it? What information do you think you want and where would you get this? What responsibility do people have for looking after each other? What would you do for a friend who seemed to be in trouble with substance use? Or in trouble with life generally? This workshop looks at use of alcohol and drugs from the perspective of the choices people make, why those choices might be made, the influences at work in the lives of young people, and how young people can keep themselves and those around them safe. Information on substances is set within this overall context.
Conflict. Troubles. Problems. They’re part of life. What can you do about them
This is an interactive workshop which presents an easy to understand, but really quite hard to do!… four step approach to sorting out conflict. We will also look at the stuff that gets in the way of us actually doing just that; things like anger, pride and hurt. We will also look at what can help us move in the right direction: things like knowing who we are, being confident and comfortable about ourselves, being in charge of ourselves and having good people in our lives who can help us out when times get tough.
Discrimination and its opposite
Just as a community might want to look at how to develop into the sort of place everyone would want to live, so too might a school look at how to become a welcoming and inspiring place. So this workshop looks at asking just what sort of school does everyone want? The students, the staff and the parents? And what are the core values the school wants to develop, and what is each person’s job in all this and how does this all translate into everyday practical action?
A quite wonderful way for young people to care for each other, peer education has many shapes and forms, from more formal mentoring to casual conversation. This workshop looks at what young people can offer each other. It also looks at some of the stumbling blocks along the way like what to do if someone tells you a ‘secret’, or you feel out of your depth, or how to be ‘friends’ with someone when you have another role to play? The workshop also looks at how to make sure you are doing a good job for both yourself and those you are coming into contact with.
Tim Hawkes, headmaster of The King’s School, Parramatta, has this to say in the Sydney Morning Herald 26th -27th September 2009:
‘The most frightening situation occurs when there is an accumulation of brain-deadening behaviours. It is difficult to believe an under-exercised, jelly-bellied video gamer, with an affection for junk food and late nights, is going to survive childhood without being mentally damaged.
We need to be concerned about the possibility of a brain-damaged generation of children.’
This sounds a tad tough, but Tim also points out, as we are all coming to know, that the brain is capable of growing and shrinking depending on what we expose ourselves to. And Tim asks: does your child engage in meaningful activities? Have a calling in life? Are they involved in a worthwhile cause?
Fair enough questions really