Crossing the bridge from childhood to adulthood has never been so daunting. The time of adolescence is longer than ever and yet society today offers little support in understanding or facilitating this transition.
This course is designed to be used by teachers, administrators, professionals, parents - anyone who desires to make sense of adolescence. Parents of pre-teens will find this course invaluable as preparation for what lies ahead.
Adolescence literally means ‘growing into maturity’. An adolescent is neither child nor adult and therein lies much of the difficulty, the turbulence, the confusion and the challenge. They need us, yet need to not need us. We are their best bet, yet their instincts are to resist us.
Unlike primitive cultures, our highly complex society requires a lengthy adolescence with very few rites of passage. The task of turning children into adults has never been more daunting!
Introducing a Powerful Solution
Understanding Adolescence from the Inside-Out
Time and Place:
Jul 8 to 12, 2019 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave. Ottawa, ON
Facilitated by Hannah Beach of Dandelion Dance™ and the Neufeld Institute
This 5-day professional development course will be based on the relational developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld and the relational expressive arts approach developed by Hannah Beach which is used as the foundation for all Dandelion Dance™ programs.
Each Morning - Neufeld Approach
Each morning, there will be a specific topical session on 'Making Sense of Adolescence' through the relational developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Participants will watch informative Neufeld material through video, followed by instruction and teaching related to the topic by Neufeld Facilitator, Hannah Beach. This course is one of the Neufeld Institute’s core courses.
Each Afternoon - Dandelion Approach™
Every afternoon, there will be the opportunity for participants to explore a multi-arts relational approach for supporting youth to express emotion in non-threatening ways.
These afternoon workshops will support participants to facilitate specific arts-based experiences (i.e. storytelling, exercises with movement, drama, visual art, journaling, and collective creation) that can serve as a tool for supporting teens to release pent up emotion and learn more about themselves.
We will look at exercises that can help them to find balance and stability in their lives, by providing them a necessary platform for their voices and ideas. We will also examine activities that can emotionally support youth as they grow into adults and discover their best selves.
Although the applications are geared to working with groups of youth, parents can adapt many of the exercises so that they may use them to support their individual teen at home.
The objective of this course is to make sense of adolescence from the inside out. Every adolescent is an individual of course, but there are some common dynamics that affect all adolescents. Understanding what these dynamics are can provide the keys for knowing how to deal with the problems that may arise.
Course Suitability and Applicability
This material is relevant to anyone who is involved or will be involved with teenagers: teachers, counsellors, youth workers, family workers, therapists, social workers, psychologists, parents, grandparents.
This course provides valuable professional development for teachers, continuing education for helping professionals, and staff training for youth programs. This course is also appropriate for parents of preteens to prepare them for the transition to adolescence.
All attending participants will receive two certificates:
- Making Sense of Adolescence (from the Neufeld Institute), and
- Insights, Applications and Experiential Learning for supporting Adolescents using the Dandelion Approach™
Hannah Beach is an award winning educator and the author of seven books on movement, drama and expression. Her books (winner of the 2017 International Moonbeam Award - Gold) are used in school boards across Canada as a way for children to explore and express their feelings and the world around them through play and movement.
For over 25 years, Hannah has been working with families, children and schools as a parent and educational consultant. She is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of Dandelion Dance™ and the Dandelion Approach™, which offers training to school boards across Canada. Hannah is a Facilitator with the Neufeld Institute and is speaking at this year’s annual Neufeld conference in Vancouver on ‘Facilitating Expression through Play’.
She is passionate about the ways that the expressive arts provide the needed landscapes for emotion to be moved and released. Hannah facilitates professional development workshops and offers talks and keynotes across the country at conferences and school boards.
Here’s what some of last year’s participants from our summer intensive had to say!
An enormous learning curve for me this week. I absolutely loved it! So grateful!
It was really helpful for me to have the practical applications in the afternoon. The morning provided the theory and the ‘why’ and the afternoon provided the ‘how’. It was really helpful for me to learn how to help children feel connected and access feelings.
Useful for all ages. Useful for many types of children in many different settings. I have lots of ideas and inspiration about how to connect and work with my students.
I found this course excellent, truly incredibly well done - all facilitators were so knowledgeable and attentive and supportive.
Neufeld’s Attachment-Based Developmental Approach
Dr. Neufeld’s legacy is the theory of development he has constructed from joining the dots until a consistent picture emerged. His comprehensive model has evolved from years of synthesis and distillation.
The result is an integrated developmental approach rooted in depth psychology, grounded in the developmental paradigm, saturated in attachment theory, congruent with current neurological research and honed by forty years of professional practice, parenting and personal reflection.
In a world of fragmented knowledge and strategies divorced from their philosophical moorings, and a smorgasbord approach to treatment, Dr. Neufeld’s approach is a breath of fresh air.
His insight model provides a refreshing alternative to the current cognitive behavioural fare, as well as to the medical ‘disorder’ approach. Dr. Neufeld’s approach has clear and practical implications for practice and treatment, regardless of one’s arena of involvement – child, adolescent, adult, marital or family.
The Dandelion Approach™ of Relational Expressive Arts
Dandelion Dance™ is on the cutting edge of socially innovative child and youth programming. Much more than a dance program, the Dandelion Approach™ is rooted in the fundamentals of development and attachment theory: the idea that the best learning and deepest creative risk-taking occurs when students are in a trusting, safe environment in which they are attached to their teachers.
The Dandelion Approach ™ was developed by Dandelion’s founder, Hannah Beach, who is an award-winning educator and author. Hannah combined her professional dance background with training in education and developmental psychology.
Dandelion Dance™ facilitators create the conditions that are needed for children and youth (including vulnerable and at risk youth) to be able to express themselves, connect with others, bring anxiety to rest and discover their best selves.
The work created by the youth in Dandelion Dance™ has been shared twice in the Senate for National Child’s Day, at multiple universities, national and international conferences and was recently a part of the 2017 Canadian Human Rights Conference.