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Engaging children: Shrinking problems

About the course

In this course you will work towards developing your confidence to utilise a range of practice skills for working with children to understand the child’s perspective on their problems they are contending with, and begin to reduce their impact on the child’s mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Modules

Course commencement

Module One provides you with some important information as you commence this course.

When problems have many names

Module Two will explore ideas and practices for responding collaboratively when parents and children bring different descriptions of problems.

Calling it what it is

Module Three will explore practices for enabling children to describe problems in their own terms and in ways that are meaningful and useful for them.

Putting problems in their proper place

Module Four examines the importance of ensuring problems are understood in the social context of children’s lives as a way to lessen experiences of shame.

A problem’s gotta know its limitations

Module Five will examine practices for enabling children to describe their views on how problems are impacting on their lives, and the limits of a problem’s impact on their lives so that their strengths, skills and know-how can be explored.

How come the problem’s a problem?

Module Six will explore practices for inviting children to describe why problems are problematic, in ways that enable them to begin to speak about what is important to them.

Course completion

Module Seven provides you with the information you need to successfully complete this course.

Welcome to Engaging children: Shrinking problems

Learning aims

In this course you will work towards developing your confidence to utilise a range of practice skills for working with children to understand the child’s perspective on their problems, and begin to reduce their impact on the child’s mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. These skills include:

  • how to respond collaboratively when parents and children bring different descriptions of problems
  • how to enable children to describe problems in their own terms and in ways that are meaningful and useful for them
  • ensuring problems are understood in the social context of children’s lives as a way to lessen experiences of shame
  • how to enable children to describe their views on how problems are impacting on their lives
  • how to enable children to describe the limits of a problem’s impact on their lives, so that their strengths, skills and know-how can be explored; and
  • how to invite children to describe why problems are problematic for them, in ways that enable them to begin to speak about what is important to them.

Engaging children e-learning series

This video introduces you to the Engaging children suite of e-learning courses. It is recommended that you complete the initial Engaging with children course prior to proceeding with this course.

Self-care

As you work through the course, it is important to be aware of your own emotional responses. Please follow the self-care tips below and seek help if needed:

  • We do not recommend undertaking the entire course in one sitting. Give yourself some breaks. Even if you don’t feel that you need a break, it’s a good idea to take one anyway and come back later.
  • Be aware of your emotions as you progress through the course, and take action if you are starting to feel stressed or upset. For example, consider taking a break and doing something for yourself that you enjoy.
  • Be aware of your emotional responses after you complete the course.

If at any point you find you are struggling, please talk with your supervisor, seek help, or call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, or SANE Australia on 1800 18 7263.

Some essential strategies for self-care include:

  • being prepared – thinking through the ‘what-ifs’ step by step
  • understanding personal signs of being overwhelmed
  • setting prompts that will notify you that you need to pull back
  • pre-determining how you will pull back, and how you know you will be OK to re-engage
  • linking into peer supports
  • engaging in, and prescheduling, regular stress-reduction activities; and
  • seeking opportunities to reflect on your experiences with your professional colleagues.

 

You will explore specific tips for self-care for yourself later in this course. These are also relevant to your staff and your family.

Definitions

For the purposes of this course, the term parent encompasses the biological and adoptive parents of a child, as well as individuals who have chosen to take up a primary or shared responsibility in raising that child.

Social and emotional wellbeing refers to the way a person thinks and feels about themselves and others. It incorporates behavioural and emotional strengths and is a facet of child development.

In broad terms, social and emotional wellbeing is the foundation for physical and mental health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is a holistic concept which results from a network of relationships between individuals, family, kin and Community. It also recognises the importance of connection to Land, culture, spirituality and ancestry, and how these affect the individual.

Social and emotional wellbeing is also used by some people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, who may have differing concepts of mental health and mental illness.

This course refers to children aged 4–12 years.

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