The Power of Positive Peers

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Peer relationships in the early high school years are often tricky and can have a profound impact on personal well being. This interactive and positive workshop covers fundamental interpersonal and relationship skills. We highlight the foundations of healthy relationships and the importance of positive communication.

Group development theory applies to all groups, teams, and relationships, we utilize this framework and its relevance within friendship as they travel back and forth between the stages of forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning stages. Includes small group discussions of relevant case studies and proactive and healthy choices to work through to flourishing relationships.

We tailor to align with your school values and realign with acceptable and non-acceptable social behaviours within the school environment and beyond.

This workshop includes:

• Positive relationships as a key component of personal well being.
• School Values alignment- in relation to social interactions in the school environment.
• VIA strengths alignment with school culture.
• Group development theory and its relevance to peer groups and teams.
• Identify characteristics of positive relationships and friendships.
• Case studies: Common difficulties in relationships and ways of working through them.

Activity - Collaborating and working in teams

• Communication Style profiling - there is no preferred style but understanding our own and that of others allows us to appreciate difference and also communicate more effectively with others.
• Understanding the pro’s and cons of our personal Communication style
• Assertiveness skills including- How to say no nicely!
reflection on submissive and aggressive behaviours

• Introduction to Stress Management incorporating statistics and trends relevant to school students.

Suitable for both Small and Large groups and will support Year level cohesion.

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Loreto College Year 10's 90+ students (workshop average 9.3/10)
10/10 Very informative. Heaps of fun. - Jemima
10/10 Life changing and the presenters were friendly. - Arabella
10/10 Really helpful and insightful. A lot of fun. - Donella

2 Facilitators co-present this workshop:
Wundertraining Facilitators who present this workshop include:

- Jane Wundersitz (Adelaide / Melbourne/ Perth/ Brisbane)
- Stephanie Noon (Adelaide/ Sydney)
- Jane Turner GoldSmith (Adelaide)
- Claudia Chambers (Sydney / Canberra)
- Brittany Gallasch (support team member)
- Devina Naidu (Melbourne)

The workshop is usually 2 hours however we can tailor to suit the needs of the school. Best delivered at tables with groups of 10 and suitable for groups of 100+.

Additional Insight from studies into the importance of positive relationships:

In 2002, Ed Diener and Martin Seligman two pioneers of the science of personal flourishing conducted a study at the University of Illinois on the 10% of students with the highest scores recorded on a survey of personal happiness. They found that the most common characteristics shared by students who were very happy and showed the fewest signs of depression were “their strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them.” (“The New Science of Happiness,” Claudia Wallis, Time Magazine, Jan. 09, 2005).

In one study people were asked on random occasions about their mood. They were found to be happiest with their friends, followed by family members, and least happy if they were alone (Larson, Mannell, & Zuzanek, 1986).

Another study constructed a scale of cooperativeness, i.e. how willing people were to constructively engage in activities with others. This study showed that the cooperativeness of an individual was a predictor of their happiness, though it did not conclusively show if their cooperation resulted in happiness or the other way around (Lu & Argyle, 1991).

A study on the quality of relationships found that to avoid loneliness, people needed only one close relationship coupled with a network of other relationships. To form a close relationship required a growing amount of “self-disclosure,” or a willingness to reveal ones personal issues and feelings, and without it people with friends would still be lonely (Jackson, Soderlind & Weiss, 2000). A similar study found that some students who had many friends with whom they often spent time were still plagued by loneliness, and this seemed to be related to their tendency to talk about impersonal topics, such as sports and pop music, instead of their personal life (Wheeler).

Enjoy this 1.5 minute You Tube which highlights that we are often harsher on ourselves than other people are.
BuzzFeed asked people to look in a mirror and describe what they saw. What they didn’t know was that there were strangers on the other side of the mirror, giving their first impressions.

Often those 'imperfections' are actually things others might find beautiful? And what if other people see us for so much more than just our skin and body type?

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