Social Emotional Learning

Sunshine Coast SEL

Healthy communities have robust Social Emotional Learning skills. By supporting the implementation of evidence-based programs which teach the five SEL core competencies, we are supporting and directing school & community initiatives that address SEL needs on the Sunshine Coast and beyond! See how we can provide knowledge and skills:

SEL Research and Resources

Fostering social and emotional learning (SEL) in children and youth has been shown by a growing body of research to make a real difference in children’s lives, both now and in the long term. We rely on this body of evidence to guide and shape the SEL programs we offer to students on the Sunshine Coast. There's plenty to read about and learn—get started here.

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Social Emotional Learning Programs for Educators

  • Mind Up for Educators: A scientifically researched and evidence-based curriculum and professional development program designed to improve the overall wellbeing of children and youth by equipping them with vital social and emotional literacy skills that help them to thrive and navigate 21st century challenges. The curriculum targets issues like stress, anxiety-reduction and aggression by building capacity for perspective-taking, self-regulation, empathy and gratitude.
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Relief (MBSR) Programs: The MBRS Program is an intensive, highly participatory training that cultivates the skills necessary for educators to become aware of and regulate their thoughts, emotions and behaviours to more effectively manage stress and improve health and well being; enhances a sense of wholeness and happiness in one’s personal life and relationships; and will rekindle one’s motivation to teach.
  • Roots of Empathy is an international evidence-based classroom program that builds social emotional competence and increases empathy in students. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent.

Strengthen your Family Bonds

  • Mindfulness Enhanced - Strengthening Families: This highly acclaimed, skills-building curriculum is designed for families and youth aged 11-14. Capitalizing upon family strengths, parenting skills are strengthened and youth acquire skills to navigate the teen years and build resiliency.
  • Roots of Empathy is an international evidence-based classroom program that builds social emotional competence and increases empathy in students. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent.

Teenward Bound!

Teenward Bound:This program will help you learn how to let go of pressures and calm your mind while having a connected and really fun time with other teens. Through playful interactive games, workshops, teamwork, hang-out time and quiet reflection, you will explore a new sense of confidence as you begin to navigate the exciting yet sometimes confusing teen years. All activities will be done through a mindfulness-based lens, a scientifically proven practice that builds emotional resilience, inner strength and wellbeing.
Sometimes my eyes clench up when I am stressed and I don’t even know it. Mindfulness can help me to recognize that
Being mindful can help me to recognize when I have stress and problems that I would otherwise want to deny or to push away.

SEL Programs for Students

  • Mind Up teaches social and emotional learning skills that link cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach.
  • Roots of Empathy is an international evidence-based classroom program that builds social emotional competence and increases empathy in students. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent.

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