Welcome To The March Issue Of Our PALS Programme Blog
March was certainly a month of many weathers and with an early Easter school holidays began at the end of March.
Hope you all enjoyed a nice Easter break and got some time out to enjoy life.
PALS Programme for TY Students in Ratoath College was completed this month.
Over 70 students in Transition Year from Ratoath College have completed the 4 week PALS Programme for 2015. An amazing group of students who totally embraced the PALS Programme and the objectives. It was fantastic to see how the students developed over the 4 sessions and some fantastic results were seen by several students who set goals in week 1.
We have included an overview of the 4 week programme which helps to identify the focus areas covered with students. All students fill in evaluation forms in the last session and this feedback is vital to the progress and expansion of PALS Programme around the country.
Also included in this months blog are some comments made by students on the evaluation forms. All names are changed to protect identity and also to ensure confidentiality.
PALS Programme overview
Week One – Goal Setting, Coping Triangle, Attitude of Gratitude
Week Two – Personal Values, Personal Responsibility, Motivation
Week Three – Lifting Limiting Beliefs, Positive Communication
Week Four – Going Forward, Personal Mission Statement, Feedback
PALS Programme Evaluations and Feedback from January, February and March Courses
What I enjoyed most about the PALS Programme…………………………
– I enjoyed setting goals and watching them happen especially goals I never thought I could achieve. Kelly, 15
– I mostly liked the quotes and inspirational stories, there could be lots more stories. I LOVED PALS and wish we dd it in First year. The Gratitude Journal is a fab idea! – Jenny, 17
– I enjoyed the group work and the quotes for the week. I also liked the action plans and setting goals for each week. John, 16.
– I enjoyed the fact that I felt more positive as a result of the programme and I was more grateful for what I have. Nicola, 16
– The encouragement made me feel more confidence in myself. – Thomas, 17
– Bee is a really nice and positive person and it was really enjoyable and fun being in class with her because she taught us a lot about being positive. The overall programme was really insightul. Donna, 15.
– I enjoyed learning about how to understand my values and knowing what my values are and also the team work. James, 16
– I really enjoyed the effect PALS Programme had on my life. I feel much more positive and happy within my life. Sally, 17
– I enjoyed the fact that Bee presented the PALS Programme really well and made everyone feel much more confident in themselves. Paul, 16
– Learning to be more positive and I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Conor, 17
– I enjoyed talking about myself and feeling more positive. Tara, 15
PALS Programme For Primary School Students
We are currently developing a PALS Programme workshop for 5th and 6th class primary school students as preparation for their transition into second level education. The focus of this programme is to introduce positive life skills to prepare students and help them embrace this huge milestone with an enjoyable and fun mindset.
Watch out for more information as we are planning to launch this very shortly!
One to One PALS Programme for Teenagers and Young Adults Continues To Grow
We are so happy to see the awareness and understanding of our PALS one to one programme growing with parents and guardians. HQ is receiving several calls a week from parents enquiring if PALS may help their teenagers or young adults.
PALS Programme has been designed to focus on many areas where challenges are faced. The programme is adaptable to individuals and groups and will focus on bringing about positive changes in many areas. Sometimes a challenge which seems small and insignificant to an adult can actually be very overwhelming to a 12 or 13 year teenager. Often the process of taking time out to look at positive experiences, strengths and attributes, can often help a teenager focus on all their good skills and in doing so they feel confident to grow and progress in other areas which they find more challenging. Often the very act of taking time out to review our progress and development can be just the very activity which is needed to bring about positive changes in our lives. This one small change can have a very positive knock on effect and bring about big changes in several areas including school, social skills and general mental health and well being.
We have seen huge positive results almost immediately with our one to one clients. The sessions are tailored to the client and therefore can focus on the core areas of concern. Many students feel such a positive impact on their day to day lives that they want to continue maintaining this well into the future.
Sessions are delivered over 3, 6 or 9 sessions depending on the needs of the teenager or young adult. The process of the weekly or fortnightly sessions allows time for the student to introduce new habits and complete the weekly action plan.
All in all the overall result is very very positive!
Big congrats to all our one to one clients who have embraced the PALS Programme both positively and proactively.
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Have a super month.