Practical Strategies for At-Risk Kids

This presentation will explore what it means to be an at-risk student in a demanding and diverse world. What does it mean to be at-risk? How can teachers keep up with the current realities of today’s classroom and still meet the unique learning needs of students, particularly those who are at-risk because of mental health issues, family dysfunction, substance abuse, learning difficulties or transience? What does this mean for the contemporary parent, teacher and counsellor? How do we move from thinking about students through a deficit lens toward viewing students as individuals who have strengths, gifts, and talents? This workshop will prepare teachers and counsellors to work holistically to help support at-risk students in the school, community and the classroom.

Course Outline

The workshop will be interactive and participants will be taking part in creative and stimulating activities to use with at-risk students. Together, participants will engage in games, role plays, problem-solving , collaborative exercises, and discussions to build professional skills and personal capacity to better prepare them to work with at-risk students. Activities and exercises will focus on helping students identify successes, strengths, solutions and support networks. Participants will learn how to help students use these competencies and resources to articulate aspirations, set goals, and make a plan for action. Topics to be explored include: conflict, group dynamics, power structures, perspectives, empathy, motivation, resilience and relationships. Group members will be encouraged to take part in the activities and to use their experiences to engage in group discussions and critical discourse.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define, explore and enhance their understanding of the concept of “at-risk”
  • Articulate their biases and strengths in working with this group of students.
  • Promote holistic and relevant system of support that helps students transition from “at-risk” to “resilient.”
  • Facilitate activities that will help students focus on their successes, strengths, and support networks.
  • Implement learning activities that will help students identify their dreams and aspirations.
  • Guide students toward setting personal goals and a plan of action.
  • Increase their capacity for assuring positive outcomes for all students.
Interested? Email Jan to book your workshop today!