The AlPiDarko programme consists of 4 (tots), 6 (tens) or 8 (teens) x 2 hour interactive sessions for parents and teachers developing their knowledge and understanding of behaviour and learning.
Each APD group consists of 10 – 20 participants. This grouping ensures there is a strong group dynamic whilst ensuring all participants can be reached and feel included. Sessions take place at a location suited to the group.
There are numerous subjects covered in the programme, including:
- Building self esteem
- Understanding anger
- Developing resilience
- Encouraging responsibility
- Ensuring clear boundaries
- Punishment, reward and consequences
- Understanding learning
- The learning environment match
- Attitudes and motivation
- Listening skills
- Sibling rivalry
- Healthy families – healthy communities
During the duration of the course, participants are expected to email a weekly, confidential journal to the group leader, reflecting on topics discussed in the weekly session. These journals are crucial for the group leader to be able to take the participants forward in their own journey of self-discovery, untangling any individual misunderstandings and barriers and informing the group leader of any misconceptions that seem to spread across the group which need further development in future sessions.
Group and Personal Dynamics
This bi-level approach to learning – group and individual learning – is a powerful way to ensure that many kinds of learning styles and needs are being met as well as giving participants the opportunity to either share their thoughts with the group or express them confidentially to the group leader.
The programme can be delivered in a general form, using many varied scenarios for examples. Alternatively, a coherent group can be formed with common interests and the group leader will channel all case histories to the context of the group’s interest eg APD for babies, tots, tens or teens. In addition the programme is adjusted for parents and for teachers in addition to making age-range modifications.