Author(s): Mark Pearson
How can we build children's self-esteem and sense of well being? This book aims to guide teachers, youth workers, counsellors and parents through a range of accessible personal development exercises for children and adolescents, introducing relaxation, visualisation and meditation skills. There are step-by-step guidelines for planning, presenting and integrating inner-life skills programs in-group work as well as family and group communication games. Readers will learn new methods for teaching relaxation and quiet inner focus, movement meditations, and exercises that develop emotional, spiritual and intellectual awareness and self-esteem. These exercises aim to help students gain new-found creativity, a language to articulate their feelings, and skills for attaining a calm and balanced outlook.
Mark Pearson is a former primary school teacher and meditation instructor, and has worked extensively with children with learning difficulties. He has been a counsellor for over 14 years, developing and directing personal training workshops at the Porticula Centre, Australia, for eight years, and currently runs courses for ACER in Melbourne. He has completed further studies in Transpersonal Psychology with Dr Stanislav Grof, and holds a Masters in Education, majoring in Behaviour Management.
A new view of the landscape; acknowledging the silent ground; a practical guide for presenters; feeling the warmth of the sun; practising freedom, grace and beauty; journey to the centre of the earth; cultivating creative seeds; reclaiming a lost world; attending to each moment of life; building bridges through play. Appendix: Gestalt role-play question sheet; some cross-cultural sources; music; four element sheet. Resources.