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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: How to develop self-esteem and friendship skills

The development of a healthy self-esteem is not straightforward and is affected by many factors but is crucial to a child’s happiness. Children need high self-esteem to feel good about themselves, their world, and the contributions they can make to it; and the connection between self-esteem and relationships is well documented. Our interpersonal experiences have a huge impact on our self-esteem in that if a child feels valued and accepted by others, they will have a higher self-esteem than the child who struggles with friendships. Children with low self-esteem live in a world that segregates or isolates them as they often lack the social skills to make and maintain friendships. As Rubin says, ‘Social skills are central to making a child a good friend and well-liked’ (2002). So, these two areas, self-esteem and friendship skills, are linked, but they are also inextricably linked to the area of social skills.

Dates:30 Nov 2022 (Wed)
Time:9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue:Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium.
317 Outram Road
Singapore 169075
Speaker: Alex Kelly

Alex is a speech and language therapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with people with social skills difficulties. She is the author of the best-selling TALKABOUT resources and has just had her 13th book published: ‘Social Skills: developing effective interpersonal communication’. She lectures internationally, and this will be her 3rd visit to Singapore. She runs her own business in the UK offering training and consultancy in social skills, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy in over 40 schools, and a day service for adults with autism.

Course Outline

This training will introduce you to self-esteem and friendship skills and what can be done about children who have difficulties in these areas. It is a practical and interactive course using mixture of lecturing, videos and practical exercises to keep you engaged, interested and amused. The programme is mainly focused on working with children, but Alex also with adults can discuss the differences where relevant.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Define self-esteem and understand the development of self-esteem.
  2. Understand how self-esteem is affected by factors such as contingencies of self-worth and attachment.
  3. Identify children with low self-esteem.
  4. Develop self-esteem through ten key aspects to intervention.
  5. Define friendship skills and understand how friendships can contribute to a child’s development.
  6. Identify the key factors that cause friendships to develop and be maintained.
  7. Develop self-esteem and friendship skills though effective group work.
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for anyone working with children (or adults) who struggle with their friendship skills, self-esteem or social skills and who want to promote a healthy self-esteem, friendship skills and positive social interaction. It will be of interest to teachers / educators, teaching assistants / aids, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists.


‘Alex is a vibrant, energetic presenter who had me enthralled. She is incredibly generous with her ideas and suggestions. One of the best workshops I have ever attended – and I go to lots! Thanks!’ - Clinical Psychologist, Sydney, 2016

‘All in all, Alex, what a wonderful world for kids it would be if your social skills programme were in all schools across the continents’ - Parent, Melbourne, 2016

‘Informative, fun, awesome and professional’ - Anon, Penang, 2018

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)/pax/seminar
15 Oct 2022 550
Normal Till Full 600