The Staff Wellbeing Toolkit (Session 2 - Mental Toughness)

Daniela Falecki
The "Keep-it-Real" Teacher
Schools are busy places. Learn the 4C’s of Mental Toughness used by elite athletes & executives to manage pressure and change. It's not about doing more but reflecting ...
Target Audience
All staff
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Teaching Standards

General Description

Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change which can be overwhelming even to the best of us.

This session explores the strategies of elite athletes and high functioning executives who thrive under pressure and change. Grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, participants learn the 4C’s of Mental Toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) to better manage every day pressures.

In this session we explore the 4C’s of Mental Toughness, (Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence). This includes reflecting on goals we are trying to achieve, how we respond to challenge, identifying areas we can and can’t control, and acknowledging areas we feel confident. We also explore the importance language plays in shaping mindset, giving feedback and encouraging resilience.

Participants leave with a framework to better navigate change that can be used by themselves or with students.

Participants will leave with;
• A brief history of the emergence of Mental Toughness
• An understanding of the 4C’s of Mental Toughness (Control, Challenge, Commitment, Confidence)
• Examples of how to apply the 4C’s in a teaching day
• A framework to reflect for themselves and for students

Audience

All staff

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

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This course contributes to 3.0 professional development hours.

Sessions

Understanding & Applying Mental Toughness

3 hours

Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change which can be overwhelming even to the best of us. This session explores the strategies of elite athletes and high functioning executives who thrive under pressure and change. Grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, participants learn the 4C’s of Mental Toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) to better manage every day pressures.
In this session we explore the 4C’s of Mental Toughness, (Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence). This includes reflecting on goals we are trying to achieve, how we respond to challenge, identifying areas we can and can’t control, and acknowledging areas we feel confident. We also explore the importance language plays in shaping mindset giving feedback and encouraging resilience. Participants leave with a framework to better navigate change that can be used by themselves or with students.

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About the team


Daniela Falecki

Creator

Daniela Falecki is known as the “keep-it-real” teacher who specialises in Positive Psychology. Her passionate and practical approach makes her a sought after speaker in schools because she knows the reality of schools. Sharing stories from her 25 years of experience in schools, her insights are practical, realistic and evidence based. Daniela also lectures at Western Sydney University, has been a Senior Associate for Dr Suzy Green & the Positivity Institute. Daniela has been the NSW Manager for the Outdoor Education Group, program developer for International College of Wellness Coaches and is a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation). She has completed a Masters in Education (Leadership), a Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education), a Diploma in Rudolf Steiner Education, a Life Coaching Certificate (Life Coaching Academy) is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner, licensed Mental Toughness user and was voted Lecturer of the Year 2014 at Western Sydney University.