Prevent adolescent risky behaviour, drug use, addiction, delinquency, school drop-out and promote well-being

WHY THIS COURSE

“The Post-Millennial generation” is a comprehensive training, aiming at providing secondary school teachers with hands-on, practical experience on various issues they address in their classes which might create difficulties in their educational tasks ( i.e. how to deal with “difficult” students, how to prevent school drop-out, drug use and other addictive behaviors, how to recognize personal strengths). A special emphasis will be given to the Post- Millennial spirit of the time, its characteristics, assets and risks, and the ways the context influences teachers and students alike.

For this purpose, a solid theoretical background is offered, coupled with a rich, varied methodology (energizers, community activities, presentations and short lectures, role play techniques, short films and discussions, individual, pair and group work, large assembly meetings, feedback sessions, “think tank” sessions, peer tutoring and supervision, case vignettes, targeted study visits).

The ultimate goal to be attained is to empower teachers in both their educational and pedagogical role, creating an appropriate environment for their students to stay connected, learn, enjoy and flourish.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Following a developmental psychology approach, the course will equip school staff with:

  • A greater understanding – in sociological and psychological terms – of adolescence and youth problems in the age of post-millennials
  • Key skills to recognise indicators of youth problems among adolescents
  • Greater confidence and ability to help prevent addictions and risk-taking behaviours and to promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Strategies to improve student-peer and student-teacher relationships, increase students’ motivation to study and reduce school drop-out

TARGET GROUPS

Teachers, headmasters, educators, and psychologists, working in schools and training centres (pupils’ age: from 11 to 19).

CONTENTS AND TOPICS

Through lectures by developmental psychologists and psychotherapists, the presentation of best practice, group work and the analysis of case studies, the course will develop the following topics:

Understanding the Post Millennial generation
  • Cultural and social change
  • Adolescence between continuity and discontinuity
  • Is the new generation more problematic?
  • New normality and new challenges
iGeneration between physiology and pathology
  • Digital natives
  • The Use of Internet in adolescence
  • Dis-regulation: “overexposed” (cyber-bullying, sexting…)
  • … and “withdrawn” young people (hikkikomori, NEETs)
Risk taking: rule breaking, the use of drugs use and delinquency
  • Adolescence and risk
  • The meaning of rule breaking behaviours in adolescence
  • From rule breaking to delinquency
  • Drug consumption
Learning difficulties and drop – out in a developmental frame
  • Learning how to think
  • Adolescence and the capacity to think
  • Stops and conflicts in acquiring the role of student
  • Tom Sawyer, Holder and other prototypes of students in crisis
Prevention and post–vention of self – harming behaviours
  • Between imaginary ugliness and shame
  • Psychodynamic of the suicide attempt in adolescence
  • Effective prevention
  • What to do and what to avoid after a self-harming behaviour of a student

TRAINERS

Appreciative Inquiry, Process Work and Social Network

Aimilia Markouizou Gkika

With a Primary Education and Psychology of Education background, she has worked extensively as a trainer with adolescents, parents, teachers and other professionals, both in Greece and abroad on issues concerning prevention, early intervention of substance abuse, psychology, adolescence and parenting. Through her 20-year clinical experience as a Family Therapist, she brings a multidimensional expertise in her work with individuals and groups, applying the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, Process Work and Social Network theory and methodology in diverse contexts (schools, organizations, judicial system, and families). She has participated in various European projects.

Virginia Suigo

Virginia Suigo

Psychologist and psychotherapist, member of the Institute “Minotauro”. After a work experience at the Brent Centre for Young People in London, today she works as a psychotherapists with adolescents and young adults and leads training addressed to social workers and mental health professionals on adolescence, juvenile delinquency and teamwork. She works within the Juvenile Justice Systems in the region of Lombardia. Teaching assistant for “Life-span Psychology” at the University of Milan – Bicocca.

Three words that inspire me: analysis, path, community

Attilio Orecchio

President

I have a University degree in Political Sciences, International Studies. When I was younger, I worked as a trade union officer, then as a president of the socio-cultural association “ARCI” in Verona and as a journalist. From twenty years I write European projects in the field of school, vocational training, social inclusion, education to human rights and sustainable development. Many times I am in charge of the coordination of such projects, or anyway I must give a contribution to their implementation. For this I co-operate with schools, universities, local institutions, associations, NGOs. I am a trainer too, and in particular I am professor of Techniques of Euro-projecting at the Venice International University.

Alessia Lanzi

psycologist

Psychotherapist, member of the Institute “Minotauro”.
After some international experiences in the education remit and training at Tavistock clinic in London; today she works in Milan and in Padova with adolescents and young adults, focusing specifically on delayed adolescents and NEETS.  While collaborating with schools and local institutions, she also leads training courses  addressed to teachers and mental health professionals.

Other Lecturers

from the “Medicine of Addiction” Dpt. of University Hospital of Verona.

COST OF THE COURSE

490€/participant  which include: course tuition over 7 days, materials and certification.

When and where

Verona (Italy)
course on demand

N. training days

7

Working language

English

Certification

Europass Mobility Certificate
Certificate of attendance

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING, MONITORING AND LEARNING RESULTS VALIDATION

The service includes:
– the pedagogical training of participants by sending basic material available before the course beginning.
– the monitoring during the training through a monitoring grid which will be shared before the course beginning
– the learning results validation through customized interviews at the end of the course