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Level 3 Certificate for Forest School Leaders, Co. Wicklow

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Working with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors with Jon Cree, Nov 2019

This November join Jon Cree in Co. Wicklow for a Master Class suitable for all educators, forest school leaders and anyone working with children who would like to support their learning in the outdoors.

Course Location: The course is being held in a private woodland and estate near Hollywood and Blessington, Co. Wicklow. We are about 45mins from the M50 at Tallaght or the Red Cow roundabout. You willl receive a Google Maps link to the exact location once you book and a list of local accommodation options.

Course tutor: Jon Cree

Special offer: 10% Discount for Irish Forest School Association (IFSA) members.


‘Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour in the Outdoors’ OCN Accredited course via Circle of Life Training, 3 Days including Sat 30th Nov, Sun 1st Dec & Mon 2nd Dec, 2019 inclusive.

Course fee: for 3 days training to be announced.

IFSA supports the development of quality Forest School in Ireland. To avail of 10% discount for IFSA Members please add the discount code IFSA10 when prompted and please supply your IFSA membership number in the field below (can be obtained from [email protected]).

TO BOOK CLICK HERE (available soon)

Booking fees apply.


This three day OCN accredited course is aimed at educators working in the outdoors, especially useful to Forest School Leaders who feel they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age) . It is a level 3 OCNWMR course, worth 3 credits.

This course will delve into what challenges forest school leaders in the outdoors, it will look at causes and ways of dealing with real life scenarios. We will look at certain behavioural types and how to work with these - moving towards an “equal learning commuunity”. The course will also look at de-escalation techniques, policies, support for this type of work and ways of motivating young people, all in the outdoor environment.

In order to gain the OCN accreditation, participants will apply the learning after the course, in their work and produce a small amount of written work.

We will look at:
• ‘What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors’;
• ‘What do behaviours communicate’
• ‘What is challenging behaviour, theory on challenging behaviour’
• ‘Causes of certain behaviours—models for working with behaviour—the 3C’s’
• ‘Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour,
• ‘What needs do the outdoors cater for’
• ‘Ways of working with ‘behaviours’ - interventions and de-escalation, real life’ scenarios’
• ‘Motivating our learners’
• ‘Looking after ourselves’
• ‘Policies and procedures relating to behaviour, safeguarding and health and safety’.

Course fee:

Course dates: Saturday 30th Nov to Monday 2nd Dec, 2019. From 9.30am to 5pm.


Here is what Laura Kennedy, a past pupil of this course wrote about the importance of this work in her brilliant blog post.

“What is the need that is not being met that is driving the behaviour?” Recognising that all behaviour is a form of communication, especially behaviours that challenge us, this question, once asked without judgement or blame, will help me to look at the behaviour in a new light and to engage with the child displaying it in a much more empathetic manner.”

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Once you book we will email you with more details. For more information email or call 086 3199515.



Course Details

  • Start Date: 2019-11-30
  • Start Time: 09:30
  • End Date: 2019-12-02
  • End Time: 04:30
  • Suitability:
  • Location:
  • Price: See booking form
  • Pricing Options:

    10% Discount For IFSA Members

    Booking Form