At The Creating Space Project, we believe that by nurturing compassion, empathy, altruism, autonomy and skepticism, young people become adults who seek to positively transform society.
This mission includes facilitating groups for staff. Teachers and other educators are required to be, and typically are, highly empathic and compassionate individuals. Their role is unique and irreplaceable in the young lives that they guide. Their influence on the development of pro-social values is critical.
The core aims of our school staff workshops are:
The Creating Space Project sessions are highly flexible and can be tailored to suit particular themes, for example, the values of your school or a relevant issue, or a particular setting.
What happens in a group?
CSP uses frameworks of narrative therapy and mindfulness. Narrative therapy facilitates storytelling as a way of understanding and learning from experience. Mindfulness facilitates ways of intentionally paying attention in the present moment.
Storytelling is one of the ways in which we make meaning of the world. In a Creating Space Project group, storytelling is used to understand experiences such as prejudice and exclusion. Participants get the chance to tell stories of their own experiences and to practise mindfully listening to and acknowledging other people’s experiences.
These stories are then explored in various ways, including open-ended discussion and creative processes, such as art or drama. This exploration draws out and reinforces participants’ core values. This practice of making values explicit and visible supports teachers’ existing ways of interacting with students in ways that match their values, and helps teachers identify ways of promoting those values in a class setting.
A portion of a fee paid by a school or organisation to the Creating Space Project enables Ruth and Jodie to deliver workshops with marginalised community groups. As such, in simply booking the Creating Space Project, a school is directly putting into practise the values we are endeavouring to nurture.
Note: Our programs draw from Alfie Kohn’s (1997) How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education), as well as the body of research into developmental and social psychology.
Mind-Body Skills for Teachers
A one-day face-to-face workshop teaching habits of self-compassion, run by a registered psychologist. Teachers will develop skills of mindfulness (non-judgemental awareness of the present moment) and self-compassion.
Completing our Burnout Prevention: Mind-Body Skills for Teachers course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.5.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.