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For your convenience, this web site is translated into several languages using automatic translation provided by Google. No machine translation system is perfect or intended to replace human translation. The official text is the English version of this website. All anomalies, ambiguities or differences due to the machine translation are non-binding and have no legal value If the translated version of this website poses problems of understanding, or if you have any questions about the validity and accuracy of the information provided, please refer to the English version which is the official version. The Friendship Class Program This program is an onsite classroom, teacher-partnership, mental health/education intervention model. The Program not only targets children who exhibit aggressive and at-risk behaviour but also benefits all students and the whole school climate because of its universal approach. One mechanism for teachers to learn the program strategies is through the Teachers Make a Difference Resource Course (an approved course of the Professional Learning Program). This four-part series offers cutting edge theory to aid teachers in the diverse classroom settings of today’s schools. The training is both theoretical and practical in learning strategies for teaching aggressive and at-risk children. The course offers exploration of Attachment Theory as it relates to the student and the school. It highlights the multiple and complex causes of aggression and at-risk behaviour and focuses on the development of effective teaching methods to enhance learning. The program emphasizes inclusionary approaches to enable the student to increase a safe connection to the school and his readiness to learn. Classroom management strategies taught include metaphor creation for better understanding of self and others, effective group discussions, and use of socio-metric information to enhance the students’ abilities to work together and teachers’ understanding of classroom dynamics. --- Program Research Results Program research results show students: Teachers Reported As a result of the training, teachers: Analysis of themes from almost one thousand teachers clearly demonstrated a need and an eagerness from teachers to acquire both strategies and information to aid their curriculum delivery and social management of their classrooms. If you are interested in downloading a copy of the manual Reframing Friendship, you can find it below. --- Teachers Make A Difference Course Classroom Management and Beyond…. "This isn’t the job I signed up for..." A four-part series to aid teachers in the diverse classroom settings of today’s schools… Course Outline SEMINAR 1: ATTACHMENT THEORY AS IT RELATES TO THE STUDENT AND THE SCHOOL Cutting edge theory points to the importance of a child’s relationship — bonding to provide a secure base for a child to form an effective learning style. New research has shown that teachers can provide a ‘second chance opportunity’ for the child to form a more secure attachment and so effect risk taking, concentration, and availability for better learning. This seminar will explore the relationship between curriculum and attachment theory and the identification of attachment relationships and their corresponding learning styles in children. SEMINAR 2: THE AGGRESSIVE CHILD IN YOUR CLASSROOM Aggression in childhood leads to peer rejection, poor school performance, juvenile delinquency and a wide variety of social and emotional difficulties in adulthood. Aggressive children have difficulty being reflective and demonstrate social-cognitive deficits, which maintain and reinforce aggressive behaviour. This seminar explores the multiple and complex causes of aggression and demonstrates ways behaviour can be modified to bring the aggressive child in the classroom into a social system. This empowers the child to relearn strategies for interpersonal relationships and academic learning. SEMINAR 3: STRATEGIES FOR THE CLASSROOM The use of metaphor provides a foundation for classroom interventions for all students. Metaphor provides a window of opportunity to view from a distance destructive patterns of behaviour. This leads to new ways of problem solving for effective resolution in the classroom. Problem-solving through participation in the creation of metaphor and tracing the effect is the basis of this seminar — a mirror and story for learning. Participants will have the opportunity to create metaphor interventions for their classrooms. SEMINAR 4: REVIEW Discussion and review of interventions implemented by participants. Evaluation of outcome and development of the metaphor strategies will be explored. The Friendship Class Program provides a learning arena for psychiatric residents, graduate students in education and Research Fellows from a variety of disciplines.

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Reframing Friendship10-minute promotional video 99.00 MB Mar 14, 2006 Reframing Friendship10-minute promotional video
Friendship Manual 6.00 MB Mar 14, 2006 Friendship Manual
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