Rock and Water is an Evidenced Based Scientifically Proven Program
A four year study of the effects of Rock and Water delivered to students (age 11-13) at pre-vocational colleges in The Netherlands. Students at pre-vocational colleges are considered to have a higher propensity for behavioural, social skill and risk-taking problems. The study, in which 1,299 students participated, took place between 2016 and 2020 and was carried out by the University of Utrecht (in the Netherlands). Results show that students who have had the R&W intervention show better development on multiple outcomes in both the interpersonal domain (aggression) and the intrapersonal domain (psychological well-being, sexual autonomy, internalizing behaviour) and on secondary outcome measures (self-control and emotion regulation), compared to the students who did not receive the R&W intervention. The outcomes were strongest when a core team of teachers was involved in the implementation of the intervention. The dissertation can be found under the research tab on our site.
The Rock and Water program is an experience that provides young people and adults a pathway to self-awareness, and increased self-confidence and social functioning. The workshop is relevant to; Principals, Assistant Principals, School Teachers, Youth Workers, Health Professionals and Community Support Services. Rock and Water Training addresses 4.1.2, 4.2.2, 4.3.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
The Rock and Water program was developed by Dutch educator and author Freerk Ykema, and has been taught to over 15,000 teachers and youth workers in Australia since 1998. Today, more than 35,000 teachers in 14 countries have trained approximately 2 million students. Lighthouse Education delivers the Rock and Water training programs in NSW, ACT and Tasmania, in partnership with the Gadaku Institute and Freek Ykema.
I feel that this has the ability to develop life-long resilience in my students, and to give them the confidence to tackle any situation – Lindsey Pacchini from Kindlehill Steiner School from 3 Day Workshop in November 2019
I would like to know more. I am amazed by the amount of content we have covered in 3 days. I would be keen in there being another level of training to learn things more deeply – Dane Colbeck from Huonville High School – September 2019
Brian’s facilitation & teaching is fantastic. Entertaining, knowledgeable and very powerful – Shelley Scott from RAAF – November 2019
An absolutely outstanding program delivered in the most professional manner. Our group was totally absorbed in the program due to Brian’s personable manner, his passion, and his understanding of the challenges young people face. The program provided us with the knowledge to establish a solid connection with who we are, both from a physical and emotional sense. This program is extremely powerful for the development and well-being of all young people. It has the potential to recue lives!
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