The basis for an Encouraging Self-Belief (ESB) course draws on influences from a number of fields of expertise such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP); Investment in Excellence (IIE); Life Coaching; Emotional Intelligence and Success Habits.

This sort of courses pose a number of questions and encourages delegates through seminar, inquiry, and the application of practical tools to explore the encouragement of self-belief in a workable manner in our own lives.

Issues central to these courses are the way in which we experience and interpret the world around us; how the language we use can have an impact upon both the way we feel and the way others feel. It considers both of these in relation to encouragement and how we can use this knowledge to both encourage ourselves and others.

By the end of these courses, participants will generally have:

•  Considered how we experience and interpret the world and how we can
utilize our senses to be effective learners

•  Defined the characteristics of ‘quality communication’

•  Enquired into the effects of positive talk and looked at practical tools to
develop this in yourself, and in others

•  Developed an understanding of the language of encouragement and how
to develop it

•  Enquired into the balance and harmony in our lives

•  Have a greater understanding of the barriers to encouraging self-belief and
used tools to overcome these barriers

•  Be equipped to return to their establishment be it the home, school, business,
community organization, or otherwise and develop self-belief with the children,
young people or adults that they engage and work with

These courses are usually 10 to 12 hours in length and both the timing and the focus can be tailored to the needs of specific organizations. They can be 2 full day sessions or shorter two-hour sessions or a combination of both.

Encouraging Self Belief can contribute to the Every Child Matters agenda in the following ways:

•  It can help children and young people to develop the belief to Be Healthy
and to Stay Safe

•  It encourages positive relationships both in and out of school

•  It allows adults to encourage children and young people to be ready for
school and to attend and to enjoy leading to improved attainment

•  It develops self-confidence and self-belief allowing children, young people and
adults to deal successfully with significant life changes and challenges

•  And it can help parents, schools, voluntary and community organizations
to develop the above in children and young people

ESB courses have an impact on personal and professional lives.  Since completing the training, many people have made huge moves from their comfort zones in all aspects of life without hurting too much.  I think the strategies we learned about have become part of my life and not something I have to think about, for example trying to turn negatives into positives. It definitely helps to support your child’s learning course
(First School Teacher)

As a group, we benefited from the ESB course by helping us to look at our attitudes and beliefs, both of the group and as individuals.  One team member was empowered to seek alternative employment where she is happier.  Clients have reported greater self-esteem, self-awareness, and confidence in their own abilities
(Health Visitor)

I have gained self-esteem since I started my first RAIS course.  I have a different way of thinking about things.  I am a different person because I am more confident. I have recovered from Post Natal Depression with RAIS’s help quicker than I would have without it.  All in all, I have enjoyed all aspects of my courses and experiences of RAIS. It is a radical encouragement course.

Further Reading

For recommendations as to the best books for background reading:

Encouraging Children to Learn
Don Dinkmeyer and Rudolf Dreikurs

The Skills of Encouragement
Don Dinkmeyer and Lewis Losoncy

The NLP Coach
Ian McDermott and Wendy Jago

Awaken the Giant Within
Anthony Robbins

Self Theories – Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development
Carol Dweck

Girl Power – How Far does it go
(Sheffield Centre for HIV and Sexual Health) Jo Adams

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey