Circle of Adults is an in depth problem solving process intended to support teams of adults in schools who work with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Using group processes and graphic facilitation, the members are guided through a set of key questions to reach a deeper understanding of the young person's challenging behaviour, unmet needs and to develop new strategies. As a teacher, I think one of the main advantages of this method is that it leads to an increased understanding not only of the emotional needs of the children but also those of the adults who work with the most challenging young people. Prior to being a participant in Circle of Adults meetings, I felt there were few professional opportunities, in the schools I had taught at, to share anxieties that arose from teaching pupils who had emotional and behavioural difficulties with other colleagues in a safe and constructive way. The Circle of Adults process offers a clear structure and a stimulating experience to allow adults to support and extend their work with young people who have emotional and behavioural difficulties.
- About your trainers...
- Background to Circle of Adults Approach
- The process
- Facilitation of the Circle
- CoA1. Beginning (0:09)
- CoA2. Welcome (3:26)
- CoA3. Ground Rules (1:33)
- CoA4. Problem Presentation (6:03)
- CoA5. Information Shared by Group (2:53)
- CoA6. Questions from Group (8:44)
- CoA7. Relationships (8:21)
- CoA8. Impact of Other Relationships (2:46)
- CoA9. Organisational System (5:50)
- CoA10. Voice of the Child (2:36)
- CoA11. Synthesis (2:42)
- CoA12. Theories (13:58)
- CoA13. Strategies (11:07)
- CoA14. Next Steps (5:12)
- CoA15. Appointing a Coach (1:40)
- CoA16. Final Reflections (5:06)
- Does it work?
Hi, I’m Colin Newton - Psychologist and Director at Inclusive Solutions - read more here...https://inclusive-solutions.com/about-us/
I have spent my career committed to inclusive education and have run many Circles of Adults sessions and know they work! I created this unique approach together with another eminent UK educational psychologist Derek Wilson.
Problem solving approach that really works!
This was extremely reassuring and helped me to feel safe to express those feelings of exhaustion and emptiness that I had felt after the incident. The facilitator's careful questioning helped me to recognise that the feelings I experienced were probably John's too. The strategy part of the meeting was inspiring; I felt heard, valued and respected for my ideas and I was also able to seek advice about how to use a new strategy, guided imagery. I left the meeting feeling nurtured and excited, as well as having more space to build empathy and understanding for John. The following week I used guided imagery with John, which he responded well to. This intervention resulted in a referral for John to receive play therapy.
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Deeper understanding of the emotions and systemic issues underpinning behaviour leads to adult behaviour change!
My experience in Circle of Adults meetings made me realise the value and importance of teachers' personal needs being met in order to meet those of the most difficult children they teach, which inspired me to make the Circle of Adults process the focus of my dissertation for the MA in Human Relations Course. This provided me with the opportunity to interview staff from an Education Support Centre that had recently participated in a Circle of Adults meeting. One of the most interesting findings was that each of the teachers interviewed found that the Circle of Adults affected a degree of change either in themselves or what they observed in other colleagues. For one Teaching Assistant the Circle of Adults meeting enabled her to become more objective in her attitude towards the child's behaviour and this then enabled her to change the way she worked with the child in the future.
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