Friends for Life NEPS 2019
The FRIENDS programmes are school-based anxiety prevention and resilience building programmes developed by Dr Paula Barrett from Australia. The World Health Organisation cites ‘FRIENDS for Life’ as one of the few evidence-based programme for anxiety in children that is effective at all levels of intervention (WHO, 2004).
FRIENDS programmes support teachers to teach children and young people how to develop effective strategies to cope with, problem-solve and manage worry, stress, change and anxiety. Skills learned throughout the programme help pupils cope with problems that can arise as part of school life and dilemmas they may experience in later life.
FRIENDS programmes can be run by teachers as a whole class programme, or as a small group or one to one intervention.
FRIENDS is an acronym for the skills taught throughout the programme:
• Remember to Relax. Have quiet time.
• Inner helpful thoughts
• Explore Solutions and Coping Step Plans.
• Now reward yourself! You’ve done your best!
• Do it every day. Don’t forget to practice.
• Stay Strong and talk to your support networks!
More information on the programmes can be found via links below.
Presentation on NEPS’ research on the implementation of FRIENDS by Irish Primary teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Irish Primary and Post Primary teachers/principals’ reflections of the FRIENDS
FRIENDS for Life: Two Day Teacher training workshop
When? December 12th & 13th 2019 (9:00am-16:00pm each day).
The deadline for receipt of application is Friday the 15th of November 2019
Who should attend? Applications will be accepted from all primary schools, however Places are limited and under the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 and the DEIS Action Plan 2017 applications from schools in the DEIS School Support Programme will be prioritised for places on this course.
Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Principals can all benefit from attending training.
The Department of Education and Skills will cover the cost of 2 Day Training and lunches.
The Department of Education and Skills will cover the cost of teacher substitution for both days for DEIS applicants only.
The Department of Education and Skills does not cover the cost of programme materials for teachers or pupils.
The current cost per facilitator manual is c. €15.00. The activity book cost is roughly €12 per participant (depending on the Australian dollar exchange rate on date of purchase). Schools should consider the cost of programme implementation, prior to application for training places. Following training Schools and/or trained facilitators can order facilitator manuals and activity books for each pupil directly from FRIENDS Resilience Australia.