Overview of DESTY Mentor Package:


Certified DESTY Mentor Training LeveL 1 & 2*:
LEVEL 1 – Developing Children’s Emotional Resilience
LEVEL 2 – Certified DESTY Mentor Training

*Training is online and self-paced within an 8-week timeframe
Course Time Commitment: 12 hours (Average 1.5 hours per week over 8 weeks) 

Course Certificate: Certified DESTY Mentor
DESTY Toolkit: Includes 1x DESTY Island Pass. A DESTY Teddy, My DESTY Island Adventure Workbook and a set of DESTY Feeling Cards will also be posted to each participant on completion of the course.
Course Resources: Range of Worksheets & Media Downloads

DESTY Mentor Network: One year's access to mentor network and range of benefits including live online courses, on-going professional development courses, individual support calls, technical support, additional resources and animations and more.


The DESTY Island Social and Emotional Resilience programme is based on research which highlights the importance for a child to develop a number of supportive, stable and committed relationships in his or her life.

On completion of this training course, you will understand how to develop a secure, stable and committed relationship with a child while using the online DESTY Island Social and Emotional Wellbeing Programme as a tool to use at home or at school to help that to happen. As part of your training, you will learn how to listen and communicate more effectively with children and how to guide them through the DESTY Island programme where they will learn about themselves, their feelings and how to harness their feelings, especially when dealing with difficult life events.

The practical and easy-to-follow lessons include how to:

  • Overview and aims of the online DESTY Island Social and Emotional Wellbeing Programme
  • Understanding your role as a DESTY Mentor
  • Development of key listening skills to support children to open up and engage more fully
  • Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills with children to support them to build resilience and to have the skills through the challenges that life will present
  • A step-by-step guide to implementing each module of the online DESTY Island programme

This course also supports you to access and work through the Online DESTY Island programme for yourself so you feel confident and competent to use the programme once you have gained your Mentor Certification. The completion of this course gives you access to DESTY Island to use with one or more children (depending on the number of Child DESTY Island Passes you buy). Each child pass includes a DESTY Teddy and My DESTY Island Adventure Workbook for each child.


A DESTY KIT ACCOMPANIES EACH CERTIFIED DESTY MENTOR PACKAGE WHICH INCLUDES:

DESTY Mentor Network Benefits

Each Certified DESTY Mentor Package includes one year's membership to the DESTY Mentor Network which includes:

Certified DESTY Mentor Course Outline

  • 1

    Course Schedule

    • Recommended Course Schedule

  • 2

    Unit 1: Course Overview

    • Welcome to your course...

    • DESTY Mentor Agreement

  • 3

    Unit 2 : Introduction to Building Children's Emotional Resilience (Level 1 Course)

    • Welcome to Building Children's Emotional Resilience

    • Developing your Skills

  • 4

    Unit 3: The Importance of Attachment

    • Before we begin...

    • Understanding Attachment

    • Factors Affecting Attachment

  • 5

    Unit 4: Attachment Styles

    • Introducing Attachment Styles

    • Secure Attachment

    • Avoidant Attachment

    • Anxious Attachment

    • Disorganised Attachment

    • Attachment Summary

    • Learning Checkpoint

  • 6

    Unit 5: Secondary Attachments

    • Secondary Attachment Figures

    • Developing Secure Relationships

    • How DESTY Helps

  • 7

    Unit 6: Over to You

    • Time to Reflect....

    • Attachment - Personal Reflection

    • Learning Checkpoint - Attachment Theory

  • 8

    Unit 7: A Practical Model of the Brain

    • Module Overview

    • Before we begin...

    • The Triune Brain

    • Reptilian/Survival Brain

    • Limbic/Feeling Brain

    • Cortical/Thinking Brain

    • The Survival Loop

    • Brain in Hand

    • Learning Checkpoint

  • 9

    Unit 8: Toxic Stress and Trauma

    • Toxic Stress and Trauma

    • Calming the Reptilian Brain

    • Mindfulness

    • Stillness Exercise

  • 10

    Unit 9: Over to You

    • Time to Reflect...

    • Triune Brain - Personal Reflection

    • Learning Checkpoint

  • 11

    Unit 10: Emotional Intelligence

    • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

    • Emotional Vocabulary

    • Emotional Literacy

    • Emotional Intelligence

    • Learning Checkpoint

  • 12

    Unit 11: Emotional Resilience

    • Introduction to Emotional Resilience

    • Mirror Neurons

  • 13

    Unit 12: Strategies for Building Emotional Resilience

    • Strategies for Building Emotional Resilience

    • Wise Person Experiment

    • DESTY Belly Breathing

    • Building Children's Resilience

    • DESTY Island Programme

  • 14

    Unit 13: Level 1 Review

    • Final Thoughts

    • Level 1 Course Resources

    • Level 1 Course Feedback

  • 15

    Unit 14: Introduction Certified DESTY Mentor Course (Level 2)

    • Next Level

    • Welcome

    • DESTY Island Overview

  • 16

    Unit 15: DESTY Island Essentials

    • A DESTY Mentor is....

    • Creating a DESTY Space

    • Zones of learning

    • Adding a Child to DESTY Island

    • Intro-to-DESTY-Island

  • 17

    Unit 16: DESTY Recording and Reporting

    • Recording Session Notes

    • Reports on DESTY Island

  • 18

    Unit 17. DESTY Island - Input Methods

    • Introduction to Island Input Methods

  • 19

    Unit 18: About Me (Module One DESTY Island)

    • About Me - Aims

    • About Me - Session 1: Part 1

    • About Me - Session 1: Part 2

    • About Me - Session 2

    • About Me - Session 3

    • About Me - Points to Note

  • 20

    Unit 19: About Me - 'Hands-On' Learning

    • About Me - Over to You

    • About Me Workbook

    • About Me - Getting Practical

  • 21

    Unit 20: Communication Skills - Part 1

    • DESTY Mentor Communication Skills Introduction

    • Setting a Positive Atmosphere

    • Full Attention

    • Emotional Attention

    • Practical Steps to Full Attention

  • 22

    Unit 21: My Feelings Tower (Module Two DESTY Island)

    • My Feelings Tower - Aims

    • My Feelings Tower - Outline

    • My Feelings Tower - Step-by-Step

    • Treasure Chest Overview

    • My Feelings Tower -Points to Note

  • 23

    Unit 22: My Feelings Tower - 'Hands-On' Learning

    • My Feelings Tower - Over-to-You

    • My Feelings Tower Workbook

    • My Feelings Tower - Getting Practical

  • 24

    Unit 23: Communication Skills - Part 2

    • The Magic of Waiting

    • Talking Through

  • 25

    Unit 24: My Feelings Workshop (Module Three DESTY Island)

    • My Feelings Workshop - Aims

    • My Feelings Workshop - Outline

    • My Feelings Workshop - Step-by-Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Scared Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Sad Step

    • My Feelings Workshop -Surprised Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Angry Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Disgusted Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Happy Step

    • My Feelings Workshop - Superpower

    • My Feelings Workshop - Points to Note

  • 26

    Unit 25: My Feelings Workshop - 'Hands-on' Learning

    • My Feelings Workshop - Over to You

    • My Feelings Workshop Workbook

    • My Feelings Workshop - Getting Practical

  • 27

    Unit 26: Communication Skills - Part 3

    • Open and Closed Questions

    • Dividing Turns

  • 28

    Unit 27: Final Steps

    • Important Considerations

    • DESTY Mentor Charter

    • Final Thoughts....

    • Certified Mentor (Level 2) Course Resources

    • Overall Course Evaluation

    • Final Confirmation

Course Instructor

Founder/Psychologist

Stephanie O'Malley

Stephanie O’Malley BA(Psych); MA(EdPsych), founder and CEO of Education DESTY®, is a qualified Educational Psychologist with a Masters’ Degree in Educational Psychology from UCD and an Honors Degree in Psychology from NUI, Galway. For the almost 20 years Stephanie has supported children, families and professionals involved in healthcare and education systems.

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