Department of Education and Skills Approved

Summer Courses for Teachers in Ireland 2018

By The Actualise Academy

Welcome to the Actualise Academy Summer Courses Page. All of our courses have been approved by The Department of Education and Skills, through the Drumcondra Education Centre. Engagement with these courses carries an entitlement of extra personal vacation (EPV) days for Primary School Teachers.

    Click on each of the titles below to find out more about the online courses, or click the green button to reserve your place. 

    A couple of important points to note:

    • Places on these online courses courses are limited;
    • Due to unprecedented demand, courses will begin on Tuesday 10th July, and be available until Friday 24th August 2018;
    • Courses must be paid for in advance to reserve a place;
    • Once you reserve a place, you will receive an email with instructions within one working day.

    These courses form an integral part of teachers’ continuous professional development (CPD). You can read the Summer Courses Booklet for more details on the scheme.  Please see our list of FAQs for more details.

     Online courses are becoming increasingly popular; in 2017,  over 27,000 online courses were completed by teachers , and increase of over 7,000 on 2016.

    Online courses are becoming increasingly popular; in 2017, over 27,000 online courses were completed by teachers, and increase of over 7,000 on 2016.

    + Using Neuroscience to Support an Emotionally Resilient & Mindful School

    The aim of this course is to use the Actualise Academy Model of Neuroscience, Clinical/Emotional Psychology and Behavioural Science to introduce teachers to the cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors that impact upon both teacher and student well-being.

    Section 1- The Neuroscience modules of this course outline the brain basis for emotional resilience, well-being and mindful approaches. This aspect of the course will also teach the learner about the specific brain areas that are responsible for emotional well-being.

    Section 2 - Psychological well-being research is shared with the participant in accessible terms enabling the participant to identify the main barriers and enablers for psychological wellness and emotional resilience. This section also introduces the learner to mindful techniques that they can use with their students and themselves.

    Section 3 - Behavioural approaches to improving wellness, emotional well-being and resilience are introduced in this section with the participant taken through skills building behavioural exercises that they can do themselves and teach to their students. The aim of this section is to give the participants, now equipped with research based neuroscientific and psychological information, the skills to use this knowledge in the school.

    + Helping Children Understand Anxiety, and Promoting Positive Behaviour

    The aim of this course is to use the Actualise Academy Model of Neuroscience, Clinical/Emotional Psychology and Behavioural Science to introduce teachers to the cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors that impact upon both teacher and student anxiety and how this anxiety can contribute to behavioural concerns.

    Section 1- The Neuroscience modules of this course outline the brain basis for anxiety and how this influences behaviour. This aspect of the course will also teach the learner about the specific brain areas that are responsible for anxiety, sensory processing and emotional regulation.

    Section 2 - Psychological research is shared with the participant in accessible terms enabling the participant to identify the main therapies and supports for anxiety regulation as well as teaching research-based coping mechanisms. This section also introduces the learner to mindfulness techniques that they can use with their students and themselves.

    Section 3 - Behavioural approaches to reducing anxiety and promoting positive behaviour supports are introduced in this section with the participant taken through the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support Model and how the use of Functional Behaviour Assessment can help identify the root causes of anxiety and behavioural difficulties. The aim of this section is to give the participants, now equipped with research based neuroscientific and psychological information, the skills to use this knowledge in the school.

    + Anxiety in Children: Why It Occurs and How To Deal With It

    The aim of this course is to use the Actualise Academy Model of Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology and Behavioural Science to introduce teachers to the cognitive, emotional and behavioural factors related to anxiety.

    Section 1 - The Neuroscience modules of this course outline the brain basis for anxiety. This aspect of the course will also teach the learner about the specific brain areas that are responsible for Anxiety.

    Section 2 - Psychological research in the area of anxiety is shared with the participant in accessible terms enabling the participant to identify the main features, signs, symptoms and maintaining factors of anxiety. This section also introduces the learner to principals of strategies that they can use with their students and themselves.

    Section 3 - Behavioural approaches to anxiety are introduced in this section with the participant taken through skills building behavioural exercises that they can do themselves and teach to their students. The aim of this section is to give the participants, now equipped with research based neuroscientific and psychological information, the skills to use this knowledge in the school.


    How are the courses run?

    Courses will be run and assessed online so you can access them from home, and cost €40 each. Places are limited to 75 people per course and are 20 hours each.

    They will run from Monday 2nd July – Friday 24th August 2018.


    More questions?

    Please read a full list of our FAQs here.

    Who designs and delivers the courses?

    Courses are designed and delivered by our team, bringing together our experience of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour Support. Along with this, we bring many years of experience of teaching at all levels in Ireland, so we understand what needs teachers have as they face the day to day challenges in the classroom. Registration will be available soon and, once our courses are available, all resources, registration, delivery, technical support and contact about the courses will be available on here, so bookmark the page!


    We believe in empowering teachers with knowledge of how brains work, how and why behaviours occur and practical tips and tricks to make positive behaviour changes. If Teachers have this knowledge about children and adolescents, and about ourselves, we can empower you to feel more in control and to deal with a complex and constantly dynamic school environment. This means you can focus on what you do best - being a Teacher!


    Once our courses are live, this section of the page will act as a technical support platform (please note, this support facility is not live and will not be live until the courses are online in July 2018)

     

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