This blog is written by Gerard O’Dea, Director of Training for Dynamis and European Adviser for Verbal Defense and Influence. Key issues in Positive Handling are addressed, recent legal cases involving schools, parents or children are examined and the experiences of our team in delivering Positive Handling training around the country are shared. For further information, please visit the Dynamis Training main site.
Younger Children and Positive Handling - Course Feedback "The course was excellent in his contents and it's delivery. I found the techniques very useful. I had previously received training from an alternative provider, this time I was pleased that a more detailed...read more
Labelling their Emotions using the Paraphrase tool from VDI In this video Gerard O'Dea talks about how to use the Verbalisation tool called Paraphrasing in order to help a distressed child to regulate their own behaviour and...read more
Our latest GCC training project in Doha, Qatar Positive Behaviour Management and Positive Handling for International Schools Dynamis has provided training internationally since 2008 and most of our experience has been in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. ...read more
“Gerard used several different approaches to engage us which resulted in greater participation. He continuously emphasized the importance of safety rules and the negative consequences if they were not adhered to. He was mindful of our restrictions as Muslim women working with a male instructor. He treated us with dignity and showed us respect. I feel that Dynamis encourages individuals to use effective communication and active listening in the first instance. Positive handling is used as a last result and should be implemented professionally and calmly.I plan to use the extensive online materials that Gerard shared with us to develop myself further. Thank you”Head of Early YearsAMADoha, QatarJuly 2017
Positive Classroom Management Techniques Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ry369 From the BBC: "Studies have shown that the most important thing in a child's education is the quality of their teacher. A child at a bad school with a good teacher can...read more
School Behaviour: the way we do things around here The governments lead for behaviour management has published a new report and guidance into what schools should be doing around the better management and creation of safe and effective learning environments. It links...read more
Brilliant training – something I’ve never covered before and I found it very interesting. Knowledge of the trainer was vast and could answer every question we had. Thank you!
— Teaching Assistant, Woodlands Primary School, March 2017
“Excellent practical guidance backed up with clear theoretical principles. We are now incorporating key ideas into our practice and policy. Staff were delighted with the sessions and are keen to own it in their practice.”
–> Headteacher, Alternative Provision, North-West London in March 2017
“Pace and delivery were great; Gerard was happy to answer all questions and observations throughout. His skills and knowledge were professionally shared at a level appropriate to our setting regarding current potential and real concerns. Our health and safety was clearly a priority. All staff gained significantly from involvement – thank you.”
– Assistant Headteacher, Mainstream Primary School in Kent, February 2017