Talks & Programmes
Choose a talk, programme or workshop from the menu below (topics can be added and tailored according to the school’s/company’s individual needs, eg: substance abuse, bullying, peer-pressure, divorce, parenting etc.).
1) TALKS AND PROGRAMMES FOR PARENTS
The parenting talks are tailored for parents of children of all ages (from toddler to young adult). The earlier some of the challenges of adolescence can be identified, the more proactive parents can be.
1.1 The Tug-of-Parenting - Opening parents’ eyes to the wide variety of issues and challenges facing parents and their teens. Giving parents the tips, tools and advice that they need to win their Tug-of-Parenting.
1.2 Topic specific talks - Choose which specific and current issues of the parenting and teen world that you would like to be informed and advised about. (ranging from technology, bullying and porn, to substance abuse and more).
1.3 Parenting in the 21st century - this introductory talk contextualises parenting in the 21st Century with a focus on building a healthy home, underpinned by conscious parenting. an Iintroductory talk for parents of children of all age groups (by a registered clinical psychologist in private practice)
1.4 Adolescent developmental stages - specific focus is on understanding teen behaviour in relation to the different developmental stages providing parents with valuable insight into how to connect, support and communicate with their teens which goes a long way in minimizing parental anxiety (by a registered clinical psychologist in private practice)
1.5 Practical parenting tips - this talk explores valuable tips on how to keep channels of communication open whilst minimizing destructive conflict during the pre & adolescent years; when to be concerned and what to look out for. (by a registered clinical psychologist in private practice)
1.6 Building self-esteem in your child – for parents of children in Grade 0 – 3. Find out how vital these formative years are to the healthy development of your child’s self-esteem and get practical, implementable tips to nurture self-esteem in your family. (by Sally Thorp)
Each talk is between 1 to 1.15 hours and will be structured to deal with the above topics.
2) TALKS AND PROGRAMMES FOR
Talks and programmes centred on teens and the issues and challenges they encounter. Tips and discussions about avoiding the unnecessary heartbreak that so many teens encounter, as well as guidance on how to achieve greater success both at (and after) school, with family and with friends.
2.1 Netiquette - Informing teens about the dangers of the internet, teaching them how to surf safely, and what warning signs to look out for online.
2.2 The Tug-of-Teens - Exploring the wide variety of issues and challenges facing teens. Informing and advising teens, focusing on choices, consequences and solutions.
2.3 Topic specific - Choose which specific and current issues plaguing the teen world you’d like to be informed and advised about (ranging from technology, peer-pressure, bullying and porn, STDs, self-esteem, to substance abuse and more).
2.4 Teen Life Skills Programme - An invaluable 14-part programme that equips tweens and teens with skills that will help them navigate their way through life, both at home and at school. It can be run as a whole or by selecting relevant topics, and can be run by teachers, counsellors or psychologists.
3) TALKS AND PROGRAMMES FOR pre-teens
3.1 Self-esteem - why it plays a vital role in a child’s development, how different techniques produce different results in children.
3.2 Topic Specific - covering a range of topics that will help children and tweens deal with the challenges they face both at school and at home. These talks and programmes help to prepare them for adolescence.
4) TALKS AND PROGRAMMES FOR churches and faith based organisations
5) Talks for educators
Teen Life Skills Programme (for educators, social workers & counsellors)
6) Tug-of-life talks
Tug-of-Life talks and programmes raise awareness and stimulate debate about the key issues facing everyone (young and old) in today’s demanding world. They stimulate thought about choices and consequences, with a focus on solutions and helpful aspects. Talks cover the range of topics that are addressed by the Tug-of-Life book and they focus on identifying the various ‘contestants’ (Challengers, Galvanizers, Ch-izers etc) that take part in everyone’s lives. They also explore the most effective strategies to ensure that life turns out the way you would like it to.
Topics include the:
- Tug-of-Young Adults
7) sponsored TALKS and programmes
A range of sponsored talks and workshops have been developed and can be constructed on request. Those currently running include:
The "SPEAK UP!" peer-education project for teens, parents and educators aims to reduce the harm that alcohol causes in teens (in turn aiming to reduce knock-on effects such as unwanted pregnancies, STDs, rape, school drop outs, drug use and crime).
"LIFE COMES IN 'CANS' NOT CAN-NOTS". The Peninsula Beverage Company sponsors Life Talk’s Cape team to talk to learners about standing up for themselves in order to reach their maximum potential. The talks empower the youth to say ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol, and prepare them for many of the challenges they face on a daily basis.
- TEEN LIFE TALK PROGRAMME (CPD point approval for SA’s social workers & counsellors). The 14-part Life Skills programme covers topics such as a positive attitude, values, sexuality, being a leader, making a difficult choice and many others. The programme provides opportunities for interaction, role-playing – in a non-threatening and fun way.
For more information see Projects
TALK FEES: FEES ARE SUPPLIED ON REQUEST AND DEPEND ON THE SCOPE AND DURATION OF THE TALK OR WORKSHOP, AND ITS LOCATION.
TALKS & programmes testimonials
- A. Cook, Headmaster, Mitchell House
"God Bless You and your organization for empowering our people, especially our children - in the hope of a better life. What you are doing is showing the country that life is not only about oneself but about everybody and everything around one - it is that which we all call HUMANITY! I really do salute you!"
- M Beharilal
Hi Sue, I attended the training you gave on Tuesday at the ACVV. I really enjoyed it and I wanted to commend you on your presentation skills. You managed to make boring subjects interesting again! I am definitely going to be implementing the programme soon and I will keep you informed about the progress.
- A. C. Social worker
Hi Sally, Thank you so much for this valuable advice. It's a privilege to be able to ask such important and sensitive questions & to be able to receive quick sound advice. I am going to purchase your book for future reference as I can see future discussions with regards to boundaries & cheekiness that seems to be creeping in now & again.
”Thank you so much for your talk this morning. The children really enjoyed it as it tied in with so many of the things we had been discussing at school during class – self-respect, self-esteem, etc.Tomorrow I have the Grade 10 class for Life Orientation and I shall follow up some of your ideas and topics during the lesson.”
- Lindy Messaris, L.O., Cedarwood