Fortbildung „Self-care & mental health in the work with children and youngsters“
The aim of the training is to look at our well-being as educators, trainers, and activists, reflect on our needs in this regard, and create a first aid kit that we can apply when working with young people.
Participants will learn how to identify challenging and stress-inducing situations and factors, and what kinds of support might be particularly useful. The programme will include empathy training but will also relate to the body – embedding, grounding, and recognizing how body awareness can support psychological well-being. Emphasis will also be given to communication strategies, including elements of Non-Violent Communication (NVC), which can be beneficial in dealing with people with various stress-related conditions.
The working methods during the training will be based on the exchange of experiences and deep reflection. A variety of methods will be used to help the participating professionals to address their own needs and, through this, discover the issue of mental health and psychological well-being of young people.
An important goal of the training is to equip youth work professionals with tools and methods to accompany and support young people in dealing with the challenges they are currently facing.
Place: Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, Krzyżowa 7, 58-112 Grodziszcze, Poland
Language: The training will be held in English.
Who can participate
Teachers, youth workers, social workers, educators or people active in a similar professional environment from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Turkey
50€ (money shouldn’t be a barrier to participation, so please contact us in case you need a fee reduction)
Travel costs: Thanks to the funding, we can reimburse your travel costs. Details regarding the travel planning will be sent after the participation has been confirmed.
Agnieszka Ćwieląg and Beata Kupiec
Agnieszka Ćwieląg is a freelance trainer working with the Kreisau-Initiative e. V. and the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe. She is a psychology graduate, also studied cinema studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Czech Republic) and physical theatre at The London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in Berlin (Germany). She has been implementing international artistic and educational projects for the last 15 years, especially in the field of social and disability inclusion.
Beata Kupiec holds a degree in Polish Philology from the University of Warsaw, she finished the Szkoła Trenerów Rozwoju Osobistego (personal development trainers’ school) and Szkoła Psychoterapii INTRA (a psychotherapy school). She holds workshops and development groups and offers individual psychotherapy sessions. In her work, she focuses on recognising and processing one´s own emotions and needs (in the sense of NVC). She loves making changes in small steps.
Safety regulations related to the pandemic situation
We would like to hold this training course offline. Depending on the situation, we will adapt our safety rules to provide a safe experience for all participants. This includes e.g. testing before arrival/during the training, wearing masks and keeping a distance. We will of course keep you informed about the relevant regulations.
Funding: The training is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
How to apply
The deadline for applying is 4th April 2022. We value a diverse and balanced group composition. Selection will be made by 7th April 2022 and participation will then be confirmed by email.
Apply now by filling in the form
You can find out more about the project "Youth Work together. For Mental Health" on this page.
If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Agnieszka Ćwieląg (cwielag [at] kreisau.de).