Assertiveness

1 Day

Assertiveness is all about standing up for your own rights whilst allowing others to do the same. It is very different from the more aggressive attitude of trying to get your own way all the time. This course looks at three different types of behaviour and examines the effects of each, both on you and those around you. It introduces assertive behaviour as the right choice to make and offers ideas on changing what you do to change what you get. You will have an opportunity to use some new tools and techniques in a safe environment to help you feel more confident to use them in your daily life.

Prior to attending the workshop participants are asked to think about and note down a selection of situations in which they find it challenging to be assertive, for use in the skills practice session that concludes the day.

It is a highly participative course involving whole group discussion, smaller group exercises and tutor input. Participants are encouraged to look closely at their own behaviour and identify what changes they need to make to be more assertive. A variety of tools and techniques are introduced and participants will have an opportunity to try these out using their own identified situations.


Workshop Objectives:

On completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define assertiveness
  • Identify personal situations in which being assertive is challenging
  • Compare and contrast assertiveness with other, less helpful behaviours
  • Describe a variety of tools and techniques to use to be more assertive
  • Explain how to handle aggressive behaviour in others
  • Outline how assertive behaviour can help when influencing others
  • Demonstrate assertive behaviour in real life situations.

Workshop Content:

  • What is assertiveness?
  • How can we recognise it?
  • Unhelpful behaviours
  • Recognising your rights 
  • Dealing with aggression
  • Tools and techniques
  • Being assertive to influence effectively
  • Skills practice using own scenarios.

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