Date: 12/12/2016, 9:00 am—1:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Inner Life Skills for Youth is an experiential learning curriculum designed to introduce young people to the often confusing world of their “inner lives”. In a simple step-by-step manner, using a sequence of conceptual building blocks and experiential exercises, the curriculum guides youth safely into their internal experience, helps them to identify and organize this experience, and helps them to build the language and understanding to be more self-aware on a moment-to-moment basis. This increased self-awareness translates into greater resilience, stronger emotion regulation, more stable concentration, greater clarity and ability to articulate what is happening internally, and greater choice and response flexibility.
The series is divided into four parts. Part one focuses on helping youth develop foundations for inner life skills. Part two focuses on helping youth understand that attention is a resource, and how to develop basic mindfulness. Part three focuses on developing somatic awareness, and how to use the ‘wisdom of the body’. Part four focuses on developing emotional awareness, both internally and in relationships.