On December 16th, 30 facilitators who had travelled from far and wide to participate in the iheart Academy Level 1 Facilitator Training Course completed the three-month programme. They have now joined the ranks of the 250 plus practitioners and teachers who have become certified iheart facilitators over the past two years.
The iheart Programme for Young People is gaining momentum in many countries and we were delighted to have been joined by facilitators not only from across the UK, but also from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and South Africa.
During the course, participants were guided in depth through the iheart curriculum, session by session, as if they were the students. Each session was followed by a debrief and an opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the key insights which emerged. Four weeks later, the trainee facilitators returned for two focused days of hands-on practise by simulating session delivery in front of their peers and the iheart faculty. Upon completion, participants were awarded their certification to deliver the iheart curriculum to groups of young people aged 10-18.
This latest cohort of facilitators are now equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to impact children’s lives and help bring about our vision of a paradigm shift in mental health education so that all young people can access their innate wellbeing and potential to become resilient, contributing members of society.
Congratulations to the final graduates of 2019! And we look forward to a productive 2020 full of innate resilience for all!
“While I should be feeling exhausted after such a full-on course, I am totally buzzing. It has been a truly transformational, educational and awe-inspiring experience to learn about such an amazing, life-changing curriculum which I cannot wait to share with young people. And I got to share my experience with a wonderful group of like-minded people, trainees and trainers. iheart – what you are doing is beyond words. You’ve blown my mind!”
Ruth Tarr, York.
‘’Thank you to the entire iheart team and all my training colleagues for a great few days of collaboration, learning and practising. I am looking forward to further uncovering layers of my own understanding whilst also uncovering a huge dash of joy, fun and love in the next generation! Watch out – there is a new bunch of willing facilitators who were unleashed into the world yesterday.”
Tim Gunner, West Midlands.