The Inner/Outer Life Skills Program is based on an 8-10-week responsive curriculum that strengthens both the internal and external resources participants need to cope and thrive. Strategies include five components: social connection, self-regulation, mindful awareness, optimism, and physical activity in nature.
Student participants are identified by the school principal and/or wellness counselors as needing services. Some of the behavioral issues are: lack of personal control, aggressive behavior, depressed mood, bullying and relational issues, academic failure, grief and loss.
Program evaluations show increased ability to regulate moods, greater stress management skills when faced with adversity, increased self-awareness of feelings, improved relationships with parents and other adults, and a renewed sense of hope.
Inner and Outer Life Skills Retreat Day at Santa Fe Mountain Center: Team Building for Pojoaque Valley Middle School Participants
This fall’s IOLS groups in Pojoaque Valley Middle School had the opportunity to spend a day engaging in all of these strategies due to the generosity of the Santa Fe Mountain Center who facilitated the retreat. Shown here are students climbing the SFMC climbing wall.