21 hours of registered professional development


Rock and Water Training addresses 1.1.2, 1.2.2, 3.2.2, 4.1.2, 4.3.2 and  4.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

Please Note: TQI endorsed hours can only be accrued by attending workshops run by Rock and Water Australia, however teachers seeking identified hours only may attend courses in any state.

This professional development training, delivered only by Master Instructor Brian Hayes, offers educators and professionals a new way to interact with young people, adolescents and adults. Through applied physical exercises you will develop an understanding of your own capabilities and methods to involve, instruct and inform others.

This workshop begins with simple body awareness exercises, boundary and communication exercises and some basic self defence. By the third day, progress on intuition, self-reflection and control are cultivated.

The workshop aims to develop self-confidence, ability for self-reflection and respect for oneself and others.

Cost from $985

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Rock and Water is a self development program designed to enhance children’s resilience skills; monitor and identify their reactive behaviour patterns when placed in times of stress; develop their capacity to work effectively in a group situation by analysing how relationships are strengthened and to stand with focus and determination as an individual. It strengthens a child’s inner motivation and drive and can compliment any existing resilience program run within your organisation or school.

This course is designed to develop students welfare and could fit into personal development and health curriculum classes or be used as a educational tool to support identified students in need or at risk.

Staff that would be interested in this professional development opportunity would include:   Principal’s, Year Coordinators, Learning and Support workers, PDHPE teachers, Pastoral Care Coordinators, and Assistant Principal’s who deal with discipline.

Rock and Water is unique in its delivery because of its emphasis on kinaesthetic learning patterns. The program is a series of physical exercises that evoke a physical and psychological response. Students learn to feel how their body reacts to situations and develop skills to control how their body responds by recognising the cues. They are made aware of how others respond and have opportunity to discuss how their social competency can be enhanced by following a series of steps to promote open and honest communication in the playground, classroom and wider community.

Rock and Water is characterised by a psychophysical didactic method. Simply put starting from a physical perspective, mental and social skills are presented and mastered. This course looks into learning through experience and actions and learning through expressing oneself and conversation. Both these aspects are as important as each other and together they create an intense learning process.

The program is strongly physical in nature and supported by short discussion sessions in groups offering space for self-reflection. This approach was chosen because boys have a physical presence in the world and often boys have difficulty putting their thoughts and feelings into words. Through this teaching method boys are taught to control and harness their energy and girls learn they are stronger than they thought. Rock and Water can run for eight-ten weeks which fits neatly into any school term. Ideally this course would be given for 45 minutes a week.

Specific topics include:   Confidence, being a member of a group, emotional control, body awareness, working together, body language, intuition and listening, non-verbal cues, boundaries and mastering your emotions

Each week there is a separate themed lesson for example: coping in the playground, dealing with a threatening group, personal contact, breathing strength, body language, sexuality.

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