Proactive Groupwork Programs for Schools, Agencies & Private Practice
Two-day Trainings

The Innerspace Programs
Emotional Literacy for Student Wellbeing & Resilience

Created by Dr Mark Pearson.
Trainer for Cairns: Keran Thomas
Trainer for Victoria: Jo Ablett

Training for Guidance Officers, Teacher Aides, Counsellors, Behaviour Support Consultants, Teachers, Psychologists, Chaplains, Social Workers,
Youth Workers.

Both levels of the Innerspace programs support students affected by grief and loss; those at risk of depression, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, and developing behavioural difficulties.

These programs use writing, emotional fluency tools, emotional mapping, use of music, bioenergetics, relaxation skills, self-esteem exercises, visualisation and self-discovery worksheets.

Developed for two age groups: Level One - Junior - 7 to 9 year olds; Level Two - Middle School - 10 to 14 year olds.

These 2-day courses will teach you to use the new practical six-week groupwork programs for schools, agencies and private practice.

Based on the theories and activities of Expressive Therapies, there is a particular focus on knowing self and being able to communicate.

The Levels of Innerspace:
Level One - Junior - 7 to 9 year olds
Level Two - Middle School - 10 to 14 year olds

The three levels are multiple intelligence approachs to supporting students, with a particular focus on developing the intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences - knowing self and being able to communicate.
Help your students expand their self-understanding; improve interpersonal effectiveness; develop the skills of self-reflection, emotional support and empathic communication. These programs present new ways to foster resilience and mental wellbeing in students.


  • Develop emotional literacy
  • Resolve feelings of isolation
  • Open up and share their concerns
  • Form more supportive peer bonds
  • Develop emotional self-care skills
  • De-stress

Innerspace has proven effective in developing emotional literacy, helping students overcome difficulties, and increasing prosocial behaviour (Zigterman, 2010, University of Southern Queensland).  The programs use a range of proven personal development and life-skills building techniques, such as: writing, emotional fluency tools, emotional mapping, use of music, bioenergetics, relaxation skills, self-esteem exercises, visualisation and self-discovery worksheets.

The methods in the programs are effective for groupwork, one-on-one support, or classroom application. At the end of the two-day training you will have the satisfaction of gaining new skills for supporting student welfare. You will be able to apply practical methods to help students reflect, feel and care about self and others.
Your Statement of Attendance is a license to copy and use the Student Workbook.

With each 2-day training course you will receive a Facilitator's Guide, Student Workbook, and Workbook Masters.

TIMES: 9am to 5pm each day

Comments on the Innerspace training:
The course was very helpful. I like the way it was presented. It is an excellent program to use with children. I liked its flexibility.
- Peter Shaw, Classroom Teacher, GYMPIE
The trainer had a relaxed manner, gave us time to participate, but also kept the group going. The facilitator's Guide was very clear and the Student Workbook well set out. There is a great need for this!
- Kerri Keppel, Visiting Special Education Teacher,
The course was thought-provoking and motivating. I can see relevance to my work in the classroom and am eager to begin with my students. The program had good progression and flowed easily.
- Debby Garrett, Primary Teacher, GYMPIE.
Prior to doing this workshop I was aware of some of the techniques - music, drawing, relaxation, visualisation, etc. - this program has put them all together. Thank you.
- Bernice Webster, Advisory Visiting Teacher, QUEENSLAND
I would just like to thank you Mark for sharing your expertise with us. There is such a huge need for children in our schools in today's society, to be able to get in touch with their emotions and become resilient. This is a great tool to help empower the children. I can't wait to try this out with my special ed. kids.
- Lynette Walsh, Head of Special Education, GYMPIE
This course helps with personal reflectiveness. It confirmed a lot of what I believe helps kids and that in education we need to incorporate these expressions of inner creativity.
- Josephine Frost, Learning Support Teacher, GYMPIE
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program. Creating that "Innerspace" for children who have difficult lives is important. Schools need this to offer hope to students.
Intha Chetty - Literacy Teacher - Special Ed, MELBOURNE.
This course was extremely beneficial and enlightening for me. The workbook was very clear.
- Michelle Beirouti, Psychologist, MELBOURNE
I am excited to be able to take this program back to my school and practice it with confidence engendered to me from Mark's experience.
- Julie Reiher, Chaplain, MELBOURNE.

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