Welcome to the eQe blog

Welcome to the Blog page. This is where I turn the questions and wonderings of my mind into blobs/blogs of writing that I hope may be useful, interesting and sometimes insightful! Happy reading – and please feel free to share (but please don’t edit and respect the Copyright- thank you!)

“Unstable World” – 1 Day course on Trauma

This workshop will look at how understanding trauma and anxiety can help us better understand children and young people’s behaviour in school. It will explore creative and practical ways in which you can begin to meet the needs of these children/young people within the school environment.

Tuesday July 9th 2019
9.30-3.30
The Loft, Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Station Street,
Hazel Grove SK7 4EX.

“The Shape I’m in” – 1 Day Therapeutic Art Course

This workshop is designed to build confidence and develop basic art skills; Participants will work in 2d and 3d to develop skills and confidence in using visual art with young people as a means of expressing how they feel.

Thursday July 4th 2019
9.30-3.30
The Loft, Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Station Street,
Hazel Grove SK7 4EX.

Behaviour Detectives – 1 day course

In this workshop Bridget will use eQe’s Time Zone model to help the participants increase their understanding of children and young people’s behaviour. Participants will increase their understanding of the many factors that influence behaviour and will develop the skills to detect what the behaviour of a child or young person is communicating, and how to begin to meet these needs within a school context.

Tuesday June 25th 2019
9.30-3.30
The Loft, Hazel Grove Baptist Church, Station Street,
Hazel Grove SK7 4EX.

Who writes the story?

We all love a story in some form or other. Maybe we love to catch up on the latest gossip over a coffee or a glass of wine, maybe we love to snuggle down with a good book or indulge ourselves in the roller coaster of a box set – it is all story telling. But have you considered that the whole of every moment is about stories? You wake up and switch the radio or TV on. You listen to the news – stories of our world and beyond, you listen to the weather – a futuristic story that is part of yours, you listen to other peoples’ thoughts and discussions – you peek in on their story. Each step of the day you are writing your own story and you play a character in other peoples’ stories. Sometimes you can determine the role you want to play, sometimes you are assigned a character whether you like it, accept it, or not. But the stories roll out as the worlds rolls on.

What about the kids – the ones we work with and our own? Who writes their stories? Well to begin with their stories are very much written for them by the adults in their lives. And not all of those stories are happy ones – many are tragedies. But there comes a point when they are able to pick up the pen of self determination and start to write for themselves. As parents we can often struggle with this – surely we could write it better than them? But we need to let go and move from author to a key character. We need to step back and watch as they design their own plots and tread their own paths – there will be comedy, there will be tragedy but it will be their story.

And the kids we seek to help? The ones who have been assigned a part in a tragedy from birth? We need to help them to start to write their own stories. To turn their tragedies to triumphs, to recognise that they can determine the part they play and the character they choose to be. Yes, they cannot unwrite the start of the tale, or the impact that has had on who they are, but they can choose how it unfolds, they can choose who plays the most significant roles and they may even be able to determine how it ends. Let us enable them to become the authors of their own destiny rather than the victims of their past.