Later school years can be challenging for many students having to deal with puberty, mounting exam pressures and career planning. It’s also a time when they start to question their identity and consequently unhelpful anxieties around body image can be formed.
How often have you heard comments about being too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too pale, or too dark? Complaints about facial features such as the nose, eyebrows or lips, or body parts such as the bottom, breasts or hair not being ‘normal’ can be frequent. But why are these features deemed not ‘normal’? Not ‘normal’ compared to who?
Did you know that 52% of 11 to 16-year-olds worry about how they look, and 36% say they would do whatever it took to look good, according to UK surveys.
The Back on Track Teens ‘Developing Confidence Around Body Image and Identity’ programme can support your school community in fostering a positive relationship around body image and identity for all ages.
By the end of the programme, participants will understand how to:
Spot the signs of low self-worth and confidence in students
Identify the symptoms of negative body image
Encourage others to build resilience and confidence
Support students in overcoming self-worth issues
Create strategies for discovering and promoting natural gifts and talents
Individual feelings of self-worth can be massively impacted by the confidence perceived around body image and identity. The emotions experienced from internal thoughts about how attractive someone perceives themselves (and of others) can be negative or positive. Unfortunately, this is where conditions such as anorexia, bigorexia, self-harming behaviour or undergoing unnecessary surgery can originate.
It’s important to support young people in aligning with their strengths and fostering a positive relationship with their bodies – in all their unique aspects.
The programme highlights ways to identify the signs of low self-esteem and negative behaviours manifesting from anxieties around body image. By implementing the practical tools and techniques shared, school communities can identify students showing signs of vulnerability and offer support to help them overcome low confidence and self-worth. Addressing concerns in a non-judgemental, safe environment will help all individuals improve their emotional wellbeing.
This programme is for school communities wanting to learn more about the behaviour and conditions associated with body image, identity and self-worth. Understanding how to intervene effectively and provide students with the appropriate support will build resilience and safety across the entire school community. Group sessions, student resources and optional outreach support for parents and carers are also available.
All Back on Track Teens programmes enhance your school’s existing curriculum schedule and can be tailored to meet the needs of your school’s current situation and goals. The content supports and empowers school communities to overcome challenges in the classroom and encourages safe collaboration between teachers, students, and parents.
Certified Back on Track Teens training specialists and coaches deliver inclusivity group training and one-on-one coaching for teachers and support workers. Working together to build resilience, confidence and self-worth creates an environment conducive to reducing challenging behaviours and improving emotional wellbeing. A highly engaged, inclusive school community improves staff retention, student attendance and overall performance.
Back on Track Teens offers parent support, student group sessions and practical online resources to enrich all training and coaching programme solutions.
Back on Track Teens places young people, their parents and caregivers (including teachers and support workers) at the core of its work.
Innovative programmes use a combination of behavioural coaching, emotional support and practical resilience. We provide a creative and safe learning environment to explore honest conversation and encourage individual and group learning. Applying behavioural science to real-life scenarios empowers and supports individuals to discover and build on their natural strengths and talents.
Regulatory annual statutory medical training is also available, including:
All Back on Track Teens training meets OFSTED and Care Quality Commission standards. Participants will receive workbooks, email support and access to a huge range of practical, creative and empowering resources.
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