Stress Management, Bullying Prevention and Social Emotional Learning

COURSE OVERVIEW
Bullying is a major cause of stress and can hurt, frighten or make students angry and even depressed. By raising awareness about the sources of bullying behaviours and the profile of the bullying victims, teachers can be mentors in coping with virtual and real aggressions, which are the main sources of the stress that overcasts all the other aspect of a student’s life. Stress can also play a key factor in what can cause bullying, therefore by learning stress management techniques, we can begin to tackle the heart of what often can lead to children bullying each other.
Thanks to this course, participants will learn how to analyze the sources of stress, recognize and cope with bullying behaviours, help students to develop the resilience and self-confidence to overcome stress and heal traumas in order to proceed positively in life.
Participants will learn how to identify the sources of bullying behaviours, how to prevent and cope with stressful experiences and how to support students in developing self-confidence. Through a practical approach participants will acquire concrete methods and will share best practices that enable them to better manage stress in their job as well as in their personal lives.

MAIN OBJECTIVES
This course allows participants to improve their ability to manage the work-related stress that arises when dealing with bullying behavior and conflicting dynamics, and to develop a prevention plan by creating the right school environment through development of social and emotional intelligence.
The general aim of this course is to foster excellence in education by empowering teachers, trainers, headmasters and other education staff to with the needed knowledge and competences to effectively prevent all forms of bullying in education and school settings in order to prevent and heal stressful situations.
Thanks to this course the participants will:
- Learn about the dynamics and characteristics of stress, its causes and its effects;
- Practice and acquire concrete stress management techniques and tools;
- Learn how to apply stress management tools to typical education situations (i.e. parent-teacher relationship, bullying, …);
- Learn how to lead non-formal activities to solve conflict situations;
- Acquire a greater understanding of the various forms of bullying and deeper knowledge about impacts, risk factors and long-term effects on victims and bullies;
- Get to know how to build a positive classroom environment and develop social and emotional learning;
- Learn how to develop and enforce a school policy plan on tackling and preventing bullying at school;
- Make contacts with individuals and organizations working in the education field in Europe through everyday cooperation and networking activities;
- Visit and network with Italian institutions.

Target audience
This course is addressed to teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school management and administrative staff working in primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, training centres, adult education schools, higher education, kindergarten and NGOs.
Please mind that the course may include teachers from different school levels. In case you would like to attend a session tailored for your school level, please write to staff@ifom.info to check if there is any session planned.

DAILY PROGRAMME
Please find below the standard indicative daily programme that will be personalized on participants needs and professional profiles.
The standard programme of this course lasts 2 weeks. Course activities can be adapted according to the needs and requirements of the participants.
Participants can choose to arrive 1 day before the start of the course and/or leave one day after the end of it in order to enjoy a deeper cultural immersion in Italy.
Day 1
- Participants arrival
- Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city
- Networking activities
- Guided visit in Bologna
- Welcome dinner
Day 2
- Course introduction: positive stress and distress
- Competences ex-ante evaluation
- Understanding what generates stress
- Practical work: investigating and identifying the sources of my stress
Day 3
- Positive stress and distress: basic concepts and concrete examples
- Simulation exercise: typical stressful situation at school
- Practical work: sharing of best practices and peer-review
- Understanding how different people respond to stress differently
- Practical work: understanding my individual pattern of stress response
- Cultural activities in Bologna and traditional Italian aperitif
Day 4
- Creating resistance to stress
- The role of self-esteem and personal attitudes in preventing distress
- Practical work: strengthening my internal potential
- Guided visit in Florence (optional)
Day 5
- Managing stress: strategies and tools
- Practical work: applying stress management at school
- How to stay calm at school when facing undisciplined students, aggressive parents and arrogant colleagues
- How to support students to manage stressful situations
- Role-play simulation: applying stress management techniques to real-case examples
Day 6
- Relieving the tensions
- Practical work: implementing a relaxation and visualization session
- Practical work: practicing breathing and self-awareness techniques
- Dinner in traditional Italian restaurant
Day 7
- Free Time
- Guided visit in Florence (optional)
Day 8
- Free Time
- Guided visit in Bologna or another major Italian city (optional)
- Network activities (optional)
Day 9
- Course introduction
- Team building exercises
- Competences ex-ante evaluation
- What is meant by bullying and cyber bullying and how to recognise these behaviours
- Practical work, case scenarios and discussion
- Sharing best practices in bullying prevention and response
Day 10
- Cultural and social perspectives and data on bullying
- Different forms of bullying – when are behaviours more than simple bullying?
- Characteristics of bullies and victims of bullying
- Cultural activities in Bologna and traditional Italian aperitif
Day 11
- Guidelines to create a safe classroom environment
- Activities to empower a safe classroom environment and develop social competences
- Guided visit in Verona (optional)
Day 12
- Cultural and social perspectives of cyber bullying
- The different forms of cyber bullying
- Characteristics of cyber bullies and victims of cyber bullying
- Practical work, case scenarios and discussion
Day 13
- Schools bullying prevention programmes
- School policies to prevent and fight cyber bullying
- Case study, practical work and open discussion
- Dinner in traditional Italian restaurant
Day 14
- Space for discussion of future cooperation and planning follow up activities
- Course roundup and final evaluation
- Validation of learning outcomes and certification ceremony
- Additional training session tailored to specific needs (optional)
- Cultural activities or additional guided visit in another major Italian city (optional)
- Participants departure

METHODOLOGY
We tailor the working methods based upon participants’ needs, attitudes and professional profiles in order to ensure high productivity, effectiveness and transferability into practice.
The standard methodology is highly practical and participative with hands-on approach that comprises real-job examples, case studies examination and simulations. We embrace collaboratively working methods that foster mutual learning and cooperation among participants. Our focus is on learning outside the classroom in an interactive and international environment. The pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, group and peer activities, learning-by-doing and best practices’ exchange.
Non-formal education working methods and tools will be used throughout the course creating a productive and inspiring environment and giving the participants will have the opportunity to experience what non-formal learning is. Every day the participants will be engaged in design and delivering small non-formal activities such as team-building activities, theatrical exercise, simulations, roleplaying and team games, problem solving and cooperative challenge, interactive workshops, brainstorming sessions, outdoor activities, ….
Free time has been planned to give to the participants time to assimilate the concepts, develop further the group activities, ask trainers for further clarifications, etc. Networking and cooperation among participants will be supported and stimulated at each stage.
We organize optional social, networking and cultural activities in order to give participants the opportunity to know Italy as well as to exchange best-practice and establish professional cooperation and links.
The training and staff team is multinational thus giving a full European dimension to the course.

SESSIONS PLANNED
You can find below the sessions planned. If none of these dates suits you please mind that we may add additional sessions (and cities) if there are at least 6 participants interested, so feel welcome to contact us at staff@ifom.info to inform us about your needs.
Bologna, Italy
12/07/2020 – 25/07/2020

COSTS AND ERASMUS+ FUNDING
Course fee: EUR 490 per participant
Support fee: EUR 200 per participant covering personal and cultural support, dissemination activities and production of a sum-up video, support in the validation and certification process, all coffee breaks and organization of two walk tour in the city where course is taking place
Accommodation and meals fee: depending on the participants’ requests
Course fee and support fee are both mandatory

Teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant covering all the costs including travel, board and lodging, cultural activities and all fees. Our training courses are tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus+ and are available in different options to ensure that the Erasmus+ grant will be sufficient.

The most common option that we offer to schools and organizations costs EUR 1220 and includes course fee, support fee, accommodation in single room, all coffee breaks, 3 meals per day, walking tour in the venue’s city and local transport during the course. Based on your preferences and budget you can request different services, a less inclusive/cheaper option or you can choose to organize the board and lodging by yourself and opt to just attend the training course.

CERTIFICATION AND VALIDATION OF LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded a certificate of attendance, together - if requested - with the Europass Mobility Certificate.
We support the participants in every step of certification an d validation of learning outcomes with specific focus on European instruments and Erasmus plus requirements such as staff mobility/learning agreement, quality commitment and Europass mobility certificate.
We experienced that schools and education organizations may require additional documents to certify the competences learned or the presence in the training course. Upon detailed request we can provide those documents as well as we provide photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.

WHO WE ARE
The Institute for Training, Employability and Mobile learning (IFOM) is a training centre that holds extensive experience in designing and implementing learning mobility projects for teachers, education staff and students with the support of European programmes, especially Erasmus+.
IFOM offers a range of innovative and practice-driven training courses tailored for education staff, especially teachers. Our focus is on learning outside the classroom in a cooperative and international environment and the pedagogical methods that we use are based upon experiential training, learning-by-doing and best practices’ exchange.
IFOM designs and organises training courses and structured training events as well as job-shadowing and study visits for teachers, trainers, headmaster and other education staff in order to support them to improve their competences and the quality of education provided by acquiring transversal skills and specific knowledge on innovative teaching methods and practices. At the same time IFOM organises national and transnational work-based experiences for students, graduates, apprentices and unemployed people.
IFOM works closely with schools, teachers and students at regional and national level. Some of the IFOM trainers are working as well as teachers in local schools and are organising specific project-based and non formal activities for the student as such they can bring to the course concrete and real-life classroom experiences based on their practice.

IFOM is member and participates in eTwinning particularly in the European Corner and notably using the teachers' corner to find teaching resources about European Union and European best practices. IFOM uses eTwinning as well to network with fellow teachers and schools, both at Italian and European level and to find interesting events, projects and partners.
IFOM has a long-standing and successful experience in delivering teacher training courses under the LLP and Erasmus+ programme. Past participants appreciated our interactive and hands-on approach focused on practice and experiential training and our support in project application, practical arrangements, certification and dissemination. IFOM, as partner, brings a strong added value to an Erasmus+ project thanks to:
- Its experience in more than 100 Erasmus+ projects
- Its international activity and presence (e.g. eTwinnig, SEG, EPALE…)
- Its involvement as stakeholder in EC initiatives and networks
- Its dissemination and visibility capacity and support

OUR QUALITY STANDARDS
We comply to the 10 principles set in the European Quality Charter for Mobility:
- Information and guidance: we provide every participant with access to clear and reliable sources of information and guidance on mobility and the conditions in which it can be taken up, including details of the Charter and the roles of sending and hosting organisations
- Learning plan: we draw up a learning plan describing the objectives and expected outcomes, the means of achieving them and the evaluation measures, taking account of reintegration issues
- Personalisation: we tailor the mobility based on participants’ needs and we ensure that the training course fits in with personal learning pathways, skills and motivation of participants and develops or supplements them
- General preparation: before departure, we can provide participants with general preparation tailored to their specific needs and covering linguistic, pedagogical, legal, cultural and financial aspects
- Linguistic aspects: we support the participants both before, during and after the course, we speak 10 languages do we can fully support the participants form the linguistic point of view
- Logistical support: our venues are easily accessible and based on our vast experience in mobility projects we provide detailed information and assistance concerning travel arrangements, insurance, the portability of government grants and loans, residence or work permits, social security and any other practical aspects
- Mentoring: we provide continuous mentoring to advise and help participants before, throughout and after their stay
- Recognition: we’ve vast experience in recognition of learning outcomes and we assist participants and sending organizations in the recognition and certification process including the issuing of the Europass mobility certificate
- Reintegration and evaluation: during the training we run daily evaluations as well as a final evaluation to monitor and assess all aspects of the training courses and ensure its quality, when appropriate we run an ex-ante and ex-post evaluation to assess the learning outcomes and the competences acquired, after the training we support participants in order to enhance their reintegration
- Commitments and responsibilities: we draw up and sign with the participant a learning agreement and quality commitment and we monitor that the training course comply with these standards

In addition we follow the best practices identified by the IQAIST network:
- Innovative, modern and practice-driven content
- Practical, participative and hands-on methodology
- Tailored programme based on actual professional needs
- Knowledge applicable to the real contexts and/or in the classroom
- Collaborative learning and best practices’ exchange
- European added value and exchange of best practices between countries
- Attention to personal growth and development
- Needs assessment before the training
- Distance learning support before and after the training
- Continuous monitoring and evaluation after the training
- Validation and certification of competences
- Clear communication, practical information and guidance
- Full support, commitment and responsibility
- Easy accessibility
- Flexibility
- Cultural immersion and social activities

LANGUAGE OF THE COURSE
The course is held in English. For groups with at least 8 participants, we can organize an ad-hoc session in a different language.
Please write an email to staff@ifom.info to get more information about it.

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Bologna, Italien


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