Educational Programs

Emotional Intelligence for You (EI4U)

This series of programs consists of ten sessions broken down in youth related topics, chosen to be responsive to the needs identified by local young people. Classes focuss on Emotional Intelligence in a way that teaches the young people to have a better understanding of their emotions and act on them successfully. They will have opportunities to talk about challenges and how that makes them feel, brainstorm on ideas that might help them control their emotions and seek support.


Rock and Water

Rock and Water is an evidence-based program that decreases bullying and depressive feelings, and increases self-esteem, self-regulation, and social acceptance. Rock and Water is a course that is delivered over several lessons to students in primary or high school. A series of exercises and games are practiced to develop confidence and self-reflection. The games are martial arts based, and students learn to block, hit strike shields, stand strong, negotiate using “rock” or “water” verbal approaches, walk away from a fight, consider alternatives to aggression, and develop understandings about who they are, their intuitive feelings and their personal direction. The program is very well received in several schools around the Illawarra and will be delivered across primary schools in the 2527 area from 2021



Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is the world’s first structured learning program using music, psychology, and neurology to reconnect with ourselves and others.

DRUMBEAT incorporates hand drumming, behavioural therapeutic principals and cognitive and dialectical elements to achieve positive outcomes. It is estimated that over 50,000 people around the world have participated in and experienced the benefits of the program so far. The programs also explore healthy and supportive relationships, emphasising teamwork and cooperation.

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