Students discuss their emotions, equality and the nature of power with program facilitator Bernadette Wright. Casey brings up an example of intimation involving her father, and the other children are reminded to respect group confidentiality. Privately, Bernadette talks with Casey about her problems at home and some of the related issues at school. Together they practise talking to her father, and Bernadette explains the importance of emotional intelligence.
Matt shares with the class that he misses his father, who is absent because of work, and together they workshop ways to approach the subject. Bernadette explains the importance of using the pronoun 'I' rather than 'you' when communicating, to safeguard against casting blame. The class learns about 'I' messages and communicating emotions effectively.
Jacob tells Bernadette about his dad, and they discuss strategies for communicating. With Bernadette's encouragement, Jacob calls his father and talks to him about his thoughts and feelings. Back at school, Casey tells Bernadette that she told her father about the emotional effects of his behaviour during a family meeting. Talking with facilitator Bernadette, Casey also acknowledges that talking to her father and learning to communicate her feelings effectively can break negative habits.
The class learns about trust, confidentiality and secrets. Program facilitator Bernadette challenges students to consider the ethical boundaries of good secrets versus bad secrets, and the responsibility we all have to protect others from harm.
Kacee tells the class about a fight between her mother and stepfather. Recognising that Kacee is witnessing domestic violence and spousal abuse, Bernadette asks to chat privately. While they talk, Kacee and Bernadette discuss ways to talk to her mother about the issue. In 2017, one in four Australian women experienced "intimate partner violence". Bernadette wants to teach the kids that violence is not their fault and with the right tools they can make healthy choices.
The class discuss strategies to better respect and include each other, and think about the nature of empathy and acceptance. Later, Kacee talks with Bernadette about the ongoing effects of family violence, and Jess and Hayley explain how talking to their parents about their grandfather went. Back in class, the kids do an exercise looking at the manifestation of different emotions in the body and each student makes a list of positive rules for their own life and future family.
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