This is a 6 week session taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 20 to November 23, from 4:30 to 5:30pm.
The KGST program was originated at the Canadian Mental Health Association-Kingston and was implemented in schools in 2019 and early 2020, but has recently been relocated to the Kingston Community Health Centre-Self-Management Program.
Why does is matter?
Children (6-12 years old) are more susceptible to stress than even adults. Most kids are not equipped with the coping strategies that adults develop over time and are unsure about how to effectively problem-solve. It is important to expose kids and youth to a variety of coping mechanisms early on so that they may choose the strategies that best suit them and get used to practicing and strengthening these in their everyday lives. Prolonged stress and lack of emotional regulation can lead to many other maladaptive behaviours as well as mental health issues such as anxiety.
Studies show children are far more stressed than their parents perceive them to be and that they benefit from community support systems.
KGST Goals: We aim to equip children with the resources that they need to identify stressors, understand the emotional reaction to stress, and to find beneficial coping strategies that allow them to regulate their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We strive to help each child personalize their experience and to motivate them to find strategies that work independently for them.
SESSION ONE Belly Breathing
1. Create a safe and comfortable space for everyone.
2. Reflect on how our emotions are experienced in our body.
3. Learn how to be aware of the breath.
SESSION TWO Imagination
1. Learn how to visualize a safe or a happy place when feeling overwhelmed with difficult emotions.
2. Practice using imagination and creativity.
SESSION THREE Positivity
1. Identify negative thoughts and positive thoughts and learn how to shift negative thinking to positive thinking.
2. Start a daily gratitude practice.
For more information, contact Constantin Mugenga at firstname.lastname@example.org