Navigating Change & Tackling Overwhelm

Daniela Falecki
The "Keep-it-Real" Teacher
Looking for ways to build resilience with your staff? The 4C's of Mental Toughness provides a simple framework to help people navigate change towards growth & improveme...
Target Audience
All staff in schools
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General Description

Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change which can be overwhelming even to the best of us. This session uses the concept on Mental Toughness to explore mindset, resilience, cognitive reframing and emotional regulation in the face change and challenges that may impact wellbeing. These strategies are grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, used by elite athletes and top functioning executives who thrive under pressure and change.

Mental Toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) involves reflecting on 4C’s and is a measurable construct that merges theory into practice. The 4C’s are ; Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence. This means 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, common thinking traps that lead to blame and specific strategies for developing resilience at work.

Through practical activities, participants are encouraged to build their own personal and social capabilities such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management. Participants leave with a 4C framework to better navigate change that can be used by themselves or with students.

By the end of the session participants will be able to;
- Understand the nature of change
- Describe mental toughness
- Identify the 4C’s as a model to developing self-awareness
- Use the 4C’s of mental toughness as a way giving feedback
- Demonstrate applications of the 4C’s to set goals for themselves and students

Audience

All staff in schools

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

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Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change which can be overwhelming even to the best of us. This session uses the concept on Mental Toughness to explore mindset, resilience, cognitive reframing and emotional regulation in the face change and challenges that may impact wellbeing. These strategies are grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, used by elite athletes and top functioning executives who thrive under pressure and change.

Mental Toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) involves reflecting on 4C’s and is a measurable construct that merges theory into practice. The 4C’s are ; Control, Commitment, Challenge, Confidence. This means 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, common thinking traps that lead to blame and specific strategies for developing resilience at work.

Through practical activities, participants are encouraged to build their own personal and social capabilities such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and social management. Participants leave with a 4C framework to better navigate change that can be used by themselves or with students.

Teaching Standards
6.2.2 Proficient Level – Engage in professional learning and improve practice

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.


This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.

Sessions

The nature of change & its impact on wellbeing

1 hour and 30 minutes

Schools are dynamic places with high demands and constant change which can be overwhelming even to the best of us. In this session we explore how we manage change, take on new challenges and respond under pressure. We identify common thinking traps and practice cognitive reframing to shift mindset from blame to empowerment.

Unpacking the 4C;s of Mental Toughness

1 hour and 30 minutes

Grounded in the research of Sports Psychology and Cognitive Hardiness, participants learn to apply the 4C’s of Mental Toughness (Clough & Strycharczyk, 2011) to better manage everyday pressures. Through an understanding of the 4C’s of Mental Toughness; Control, Challenge, Commitment & Confidence, as a reflection tool; participants become more aware of how they think, feel and respond in the face of change or challenges.

Applying the 4C’s in context

2 hours

This session involves using the 4C’s as a framework for setting a goal and planning ways to tackle to learning journey that may require flexible thinking, resilience and emotional regulation. Participants also apply the framework in a coaching conversation with colleagues. This framework could also be sued with students as a reflection tool to build growth mindset thinking.

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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.