ACE Aware and Attachment Wise

  • How do you know if disruptive and troubling behaviours you see in a child are signs of mental illness or an indication of stress and emotional struggle?
  • If a child displays symptoms of what you perceive to be anxiety or panic attacks, do they need expert psychological support?
  • If a child doesn’t make friends easily, what could really be at the heart of the matter?

These are all questions that have been asked in social media forums.

A child who finds it difficult to concentrate and is often hyper-active may well not have a mental health issue or ADHD; difficult behaviour is often indicative of intense emotional reactions caused by Toxic Stress and attachment insecurity. Stress behaviours, not mis-behaviour, are the result of distressing feelings that emanate from Adverse Childhood Experiences – ACEs.

Emotion Focus provides training that makes it possible for school staff to become ACE Aware and Attachment Wise so that they can recognise stress behaviours and help children develop healthy responses and the emotional literacy they need.

Attachment is defined as ‘a type of behaviour displayed by children to draw their primary caregiver towards them at moments of need or distress.’ (NICE – National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines 2015-16). The guidelines go on to state that ‘children who are securely attached have better outcomes than non-securely attached children in social and emotional development, educational achievement and mental health.’

ACE Aware, Attachment Wise

This training includes elements that meet the NICE advice on Attachment in Education, prescribed as:-

  • how attachment difficulties begin and how they can present in children and young people
  • how attachment difficulties affect learning, education and social development
  • understanding the consequences of maltreatment, including trauma
  • how to support children and young people with attachment difficulties

Designed for teachers and staff in early years and primary education settings, an overview of ACE Aware, Attachment Wise training can be provided as a 1 to 2 hour twilight session. A full inset day of training includes realistic case studies and strategies to practice in role play.

Learning objectives cover:-

  • definitions of Toxic Stress and categories of ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • how to recognise attachment patterns and emotional difficulties
  • knowledge about the coping strategies children use when feeling overwhelmed due to attachment distress
  • how to approach and respond to stress behaviours within the classroom setting
  • the relationship between emotional dysregulation and mental illness, within a continuum of mental health

Who should attend?

  • Teachers, teaching assistants and staff in nursery and primary school roles
  • Educational leaders and Heads of Department
  • Parents and care-givers

Research indicates that an awareness of how to support children and young people’s emotional needs and development can promote better learning and health outcomes.

Coaching for teachers

In the world of Education, coaching is widely regarded as a purposeful and powerful tool to support better results for students, teachers, educators and parents.

Teachers are highly committed, busy people who want the best for others, so coaching is particularly helpful in schools because it’s a working environment where there is pressure from competing demands and a strong emphasis on meeting targets.

As a form of professional or personal development, coaching is an inspiring and motivational experience; it’s an investment that an organisation makes in its people to contribute all round to educational outcomes and school success.

How does coaching help?

Coaching is very different from mentoring in which an experienced individual in the same occupation cascades knowledge, advice and guidance. Coaching is non-directive and enables the person being coached to evaluate their professional capabilities, examine strengths, reflect on practice and define their own goals for continuous professional development. Coaching also increases individual capacity by helping to:-

  • Redress the balance of work-life demands, helping to manage workload and time most effectively
  • Raise levels of confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve communication and assertiveness
  • Identify strengths and values
  • Build resilience to pressure, stress and challenge:

Coaching invariably brings about changes that improve general well-being as new skills and ways of thinking are integrated into daily lives. As such the benefits are long-lasting and far-reaching.

Get in touch and book a free consultation to find out more about Coaching for teachers and ACE Aware, Attachment Wise training.

What clients say:-

About the workshop: “Really thought-provoking and mind changing:  This workshop encourages listening with eyes as well as ears. I have a totally different picture now of what to do when there’s disruptive behaviour.”  Primary School Teaching Assistant

A good mix of materials. Really liked it! Very informative and useful”  – Primary school teacher

Has given me a lot to think about approaching behaviour differently”  – Primary teaching assistant

Very helpful hints on how to talk to the child in order to help them”  – Primary school teacher

Enjoyed how knowledgeable you were”  – Nursery School assistant

Feedback on Coaching:This has changed my life – not just at work, but at home and generally all-round. I see just what has been holding me back and pulling me down; I see strengths I didn’t even know I had”.  Primary School Teacher: