IHEART CURRICULUM

RESILIENCE AND WELLBEING TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS

This outstanding and innovative programme trains school leaders and teachers in delivering the IHEART Curriculum. Upon completion of the full training, participants will receive:

  • Certification as an IHEART facilitator from Innate Health *
  • Exclusive access to the full IHEART Curriculum (copy write of Innate Health) which includes:
    • Hard copy manual and workbooks
    • Supporting materials for curriculum delivery
    • Full online access to additional resource materials
    • Webinar revision tutorials to guide delivery of each curriculum lesson
  • Ongoing mentoring and training opportunities with Innate Health
  • Ongoing supervision led by Terry Rubenstein, Innate Health Co-founder and Head of Education
  • CPD points

The Training consists of 2 stages:

Stage 1: Foundations for Curriculum

  • Participation in 4-day Realising Resilience Virtual Conference
  • Participation in 6-week Resilience Course at Innate Health Centre (in-person or via live stream)
  • 4 one-to-one sessions with members of Innate Health faculty to embed learning at an individual level

Stage 2: Delivery of the Curriculum

  • 8-weekly 90 minute Training Webinars with curriculum co-authors, Terry Rubenstein & Dana Aronson
  • 1.5-day in-person Seminar – IHEART Curriculum in Action
  • Hard copy curriculum with workbooks and additional supporting materials

Cost: £1900 all inclusive

(Or, if undertaken separately, £600 for Stage 1 and £1500 for Stage 2)

*Certification to be renewed on an annual basis subject to further training

 

FAQ’s

What is IHEART?

IHEART – Innate Health Education and Resiliency Training – is a project of Innate Health, (registered charity: 1173025), which educates young people about their natural resilience and mental wellbeing. This project is the means through which we aim to realise our vision of uncovering resilience in the next generation.

Why is our Project necessary?

A recent government-funded study has found that one in four 14-year-old girls across the UK are clinically depressed. Previous research shows that 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year.

IHEART is the early intervention and prevention project we have created aimed at reducing the current statistics that paint a dim picture of mental health in our children. Most approaches to young people’s mental health issues focus on acute problems and crisis interventions, rather than on accessing the innate mental health and wellbeing that all children possess. Our programme focuses on education and prevention; on sustainable solutions; on practically addressing issues as they occur in real-time for young people; on mental wellness rather than mental illness. We empower young people with the built-in knowledge that they can manage the challenges, issues and difficulties they encounter. All of this accelerates an increase in wellbeing and resilience in all aspects of personal, social, family and school life.

Via the specially designed IHEART curriculum, our project enables us to reach and work with young people in their school environment to change how they perceive their wellbeing, creating sustainable benefits for each participant that are wide-reaching and long-lasting.

What is the IHEART curriculum?

Consisting of a series of dynamic, thought-provoking and interactive lessons, creatively designed to be stimulating and appealing to young people (aged 10-18), the IHEART curriculum takes students on a 10-week journey. First, participants discover how their minds work in a simple, easy-to-understand and logical way. Then, armed with this knowledge, they look anew at many of the challenges confronting them today. In a practical, hands-on way, specific lessons address the following issues:

  • Difference, tolerance, respect and diversity
  • Bullying
  • Conflict and communication
  • Social media
  • Stress, pressure and anxiety
  • Low moods and depression
  • Change, disappointment and difficult situations
  • Perfectionism, self-image and self-esteem
  • Addictions and compulsive behaviours
  • Barriers to high achievement and motivation

There is a world of difference between giving children better “coping strategies to deal with problems” and helping them see beyond all their issues and labels, empowering their own realisation that wellbeing and resilience is always available to them. The IHEART curriculum sessions are designed to achieve exactly this lasting sense of self-authorisation, enabling young people to thrive in all areas of their lives.

How is the Curriculum delivered?

  • Trained facilitators run 10 weekly in-classroom sessions consisting of a mix of interactive discussions, activities, animated videos, creative exercises and multimedia clips.
  • Students are initially introduced to how the mind creates all of our realities, feeling states, moods and behaviours. They then discover the crucial connection between thought and feeling. This enables them to see that overlooking this simple and logical link often leads to judgment of ourselves and others, being engaged in conflict and feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation and victimisation. As the common misunderstandings that create barriers to wellbeing are revealed, participants come to recognise their role in why they feel the way they do – and why they behave the way they do, empowering them to make positive changes and navigate challenges with greater ease, confidence and success.

What are the anticipated Project Outcomes?

  • Increased resilience – the capacity to access wellbeing and potential irrespective of circumstances.
  • Improved self-confidence to overcome challenges and obstacles
  • Improvement in managing “difficult” situations
  • Improved self-esteem – increased view of wellbeing
  • Improved capacity to manage low moods
  • Improved concentration and motivation
  • Improved communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Improved relationships with peers, teachers and family members
  • Greater respect for difference and diversity
  • Greater adaptability to change
  • Greater likelihood to make healthier life choices
  • Greater sense of hope and capacity to cope
  • Decrease in addictive, compulsive and destructive behaviours
  • Decrease in stress and anxiety

What about Research and Validation?

Research has been conducted around the benefits of introducing children and young adults to the recognition of the principles that underpin our innate capacity for resilience. Introducing this understanding to youths has reduced the risk of high school dropout, juvenile delinquency, bullying, teenager violence, suicide, depression and anxiety. At the same time, it has been demonstrated that this understanding builds resilience in the areas of academic success, mental wellbeing and socio-emotional skills. We are committed to evaluating the programme using scientifically accepted and validated measures. To that end, we use a mixture of quantitative and qualitative based evaluation including the recognised Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale and also conduct informal, in-depth interviews based on open questions. We are collaborating with outstanding professionals in our ongoing process of developing evidence-based research to support our work and intend to publish our research findings.