Boys Coyotes & Other Wild Creatures

Instructors: Lynea Gillen, LPC, RYT, Jeffrey Albin, CDP, RYT & Jim Gillen, RYT

Nationwide, boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to be suspended, make up two-thirds of special education students, are 1.5 times more likely to be held back a grade and 2.5 times more likely to be given diagnoses of ADHD.

Energetic boys can create challenges and opportunities for parents, educators and therapists. And while the research on gender differences can be controversial, perhaps it’s time to consider boys’ unique needs, and to provide healthy and creative outlets for their “wildness.”

Learn the importance of movement and “rough” play and the need for boys to find meaning, initiation and physical connection to the world. We will use traditional stories of animals such as wolves, coyotes and cougars, and current cultural mythology such as Star Wars’ Jedi knights, to explore the warrior archetype and its importance in addressing the global challenges of this era.

In order to compete with the attraction of violent media and video games, you will learn how to create highly experiential activities where boys can explore their power in safe ways and learn that the true heart of the warrior is to protect goodness and help instead of harm.

Other topics presented and explored include:

  • Tools for supporting boys’ emotions and developing interpersonal skills
  • How to honor children’s “big” energy while teaching self-awareness and control
  • How boys’ learning styles can differ from girl
  • How to make schools more boy-friendly
  • What video games and electronic media do to the developing brain
  • Nature/environmental education activities
  • Yoga & movement breaks to help with attention and learning

Course also features information on how to lead activities from Lynea’s popular Jedi Training for Boys class.

Offered cooperatively by Portland State University, Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education (CE/ED) and Still Moving Yoga, LLC. One PSU Undergraduate or Graduate Credit and/or 12 CEU/Clock Hours available.   Coursework qualifies for professional development credit. – certificate of training hours provided.


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