Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Spring Everyone!

Well the weather is warming up...things are starting to get green. I think it's safe to say that spring is here!

It has been a really hectic couple weeks for me doing, learning and sharing FCSS stuff over the last few weeks.

I attended a training session developed and facilitated by the Impact Society. H2 is the next phase in the HEROES curriculum that we (the Beaumont HEROES team) is currently delivering to grade seven students at J.E. la Pointe school. The feedback from the HEROES program has been overwhelmingly positive. Students and teachers alike are seeing the difference this program is making in the lives of students and in the school community at J.E. Very exciting stuff. If you would like more information about how to become a HEROES instructor contact the Impact Society in Calgary, more volunteer instructors would allow us to deliver the program to more students throughout the year right here in Beaumont. To discuss the possiblity of becoming a part of the Beaumont HEROES team call Kim or Jenny at 780 929-3322 or email jenny.kash@town.beamont.ab.ca

Next up was a two day workshop on the topic of Solution Focused Therapy. I have always utilized some of the concepts of solution focused therapy in my work with youth and families. However, I have a new understanding and respect for its usefulness not only working with individuals, families and youth, but also the potential in working with different groups as well. If you are at all interested in learing about Solution Focused Therapy, check out Solution Talk and Nancy MConkey who I have had the privelege of studying under for two separate workshops. Fantasitc facilitator, highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of family counseling and working with school boards and so much more. Check out her link (provided) for more information.

The end of last week wrapped up on a high note. I had the great opportunity to attend (along with several others from the Town of Beaumont FCSS, local teachers and students) Thrive Canada's National Conference out in St. Albert. St. Albert has really shown themselves to be leaders in the areas of positive youth developemt and helping to build kids 40 Developmental Assets. The two days that I was able to attend were filled with valuable programming ideas, inspiring stories and dynamic speakers who are leaders in the area of child and youth work. Check out the links to learn more about this area of research and keep it here at the FCSS blog to keep informed about the upcoming programs, events and community development ideas to help Beaumont become a town that celebrates the success of its youth and offers many opportunities for its young citizens to thrive!

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