Unit Overview

This guide will introduce you to a range of communication tools. The content is based on an understanding of the cross-section between psychotherapy and pedagogy, and provides systematic strategies that will help bring about real change in meetings.

The guide will help you to:

  • Learn about creating a therapeutic relationship and why this is important in schools.

  • Read case studies and apply information learned to relevant scenarios.

  • Use planning templates to apply the learning in this guide to an upcoming meeting.

The following pages outline the units in this guide, which will give you a clearer idea of the key skills you should take away and how to apply them in a way that creates impact.

Unit 1: Introduction to the Psychology of Meeting Space

  • Define “therapeutic relationship”

  • Understand why this is important in schools

  • Identify what a “therapeutic relationship” would look like in a school

  • Identify key stakeholders and their roles in the therapeutic model

  • Review key case studies of the impact of theory on student progress

Unit 2: Key Tools for Collaboration

There are three key considerations for creating meeting spaces that have an impact:

  • The Space

    • Categorise meeting space locations and explore how each would impact the meeting

  • The Agenda

    • Pre-planning the direction of a meeting and how it can be adjusted in the midst of change

  • Recording Tools

    • Reflect on ways to record key ideas from the meeting and how to share them with all stakeholders

Unit 3: Equality and Inclusion

  • Understand the importance of equality and inclusion to meetings in schools

  • Understand some of the ways moral values and judgements affect inclusion

  • Apply learning to case studies and personal learning by reviewing how equality and inclusion affects key aspects of the meeting space including:

    • Preparation

    • Goal Setting

    • Technology

Unit 4: Create and Customise

  • Understand how to apply this learning to a larger group of people or a whole setting

  • Customise your own meeting plan

  • Create collaborative tasks using Google Docs or other online collaboration tools

  • Create questions that will spark conversation in your setting and gain some ideas about how to put this into practice

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