International training 

“How to manage your emotions and relationships?”

Training for teachers and youth workers

Time: 25.08-31.08.2022 in Tallinn
at Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel

Have you ever wondered that we are taught physics and math at school but not how to manage our relations or how to solve conflicts? Research confirms that these are the necessary 21st century skills that are usually not consciously developed in youth centers, school programs or by parents. The training “How to manage your emotions and relationships” designed to learn modern communication, cooperation, and self-management skills and to pass this knowledge on to young people by using innovative materials like films and interactive methods.

The aim of the training is to increase the competences of teachers and youth workers in teaching young people communication, problem-solving and cooperation skills through various teaching methodologies and materials. 

Details of the training

What is learned and how?

Both personal skills (how to manage one’s feelings, how to think in difficult situations) and communication skills (giving negative feedback in a non-judgmental way, clear self-expression, conflict prevention and resolution, coping with other people’s emotions, etc.) are learned. The training is built on practice: participants learn new skills themselves and practice a number of effective techniques to pass on this knowledge and skills to young people based on their own experience.

We have created tools (educational films, descriptions of activities, group work, games, elective modules for schools and materials for classroom lessons, including lesson plans) to develop young people’s communication skills. With the help of young people themselves, materials have been developed for youth workers and teachers to develop young people’s communication and collaboration skills through informal learning.

In the structure of the study materials, emphasis is placed on analysis, discussion, role play, group work, practical tasks, critical analysis of information and cases, etc. The structure of the material is innovative, based on the latest knowledge about the functioning of people and groups, it contains knowledge from neuroscience and is based on the involvement of young people in both content creation and implementation.

We will introduce educational films and written materials for youth workers and teachers to improve young people’s communication and cooperation skills. These materials can be used by both young people and adults, and after the training, all participants will have free access to these films and materials. 

Who is this training meant for?

We invite teachers, school leaders, youth workers as well as school specialists from Estonia and Italy to participate. 

The participants will receive:

  • knowledge of the modern principles and techniques of communication skills and giving feedback. Methods to pass on the knowledge to young people
  • ability to provide non-judgmental feedback. Different techniques are learned. How to give negative feedback in a way that does not offend the other party?
  • an understanding of the causes of different patterns of behavior and how the behavior affects other people
  • knowledge of different ways of applying active listening skills.
  • materials to teach young people communication and cooperation skills and knowledge of how adults working with young people can use the materials in their work (in youth centers, mentoring, homeroom lessons, humanities lessons, psychology lessons, etc.).  

You can find the topics and detailed schedule here. siia alla tuleb lingina pdfina kujundatud program, mille leiad eraldi manusest.

You can find the application form here:

Applications are expected from May 5th to June 10th 2022. Participants are selected by 1st of July. 

General information

This training is part of the international innovation project “21CenturySoftSkills” is funded from Erasmus+ program by the Estonian National Agency (EE01 Haridus- ja Noorteamet, Erasmus+ ja Euroopa Solidaarsuskorpuse Agentuur). The main aim of the project is to develop the competence of youth workers and teachers about teaching young people communication and cooperation skills. Project involves five organizations – Huvitegevuse ja Noorsootöö SA, Tabasalu Ühisgümnaasium and MTÜ Planum from Estonia, Associazione Culturale Strauss and Istituto di Istruzione Secondaria Superiore Virgilio from Italy. 

By the end of the training, participants have acquired communication skills and practices that they can use in the future and teach to young people. In addition, they have developed the ability to work in an international team, and identified the main similarities and/or differences in the way young people and adults communicate in the two countries. 

In total 24 participants are expected to participate in the training – 12 from Estonia and 12 from Italy. 

The training is organized by the Hobby School and Youth Work Foundation and Planum. The trainers are Elina Siilbek and Kaja Jakobson.

Participants are expected to:

·       spoken and understanding English is required (for groupworks, discussions, etc.)

·       work with young people either in formal or non-formal education

·       participate the training fully

·       use gained skills and learned material in their daily work.

 For participants:

  • the training is funded by the Erasmus+ and it is free for participants
  • food and accommodation is covered from the project budget
  • travel expenses are covered according to the Erasmus+ funding rules (up to 360 euros for plane tickets+travel insurance+public transport tickets are covered by organizers)