Lesson 5: Interpersonal Effectiveness


Activity 1: Helping Karolina (Pt. 1)

1. Play the short clips below. Then, ask students to individually write down what they would say to Karolina if she came to them asking for help in that particular moment in the film. These answers will be revisted later in the lesson.

 


Slideshow + Activity 2: Applying SOLVE

1. Present the slides below.

2. In this activity, students will apply the SOLVE approach to digital and real-life interactions in which someone in mental distress (but non-crisis) is being supported by a friend. Distribute the text handout below to small groups of students (one copy per group). On the handout are screen grabs of a fictional text conversation between two friends (pictured below), one of whom is in a state of mental distress and is being supported by the other.

3. Using markers or sticky notes, ask students to identify points of the conversation at which SOLVE is being applied, and then discuss why.

4. After 5-10min, do a share back and have each group explain one or two of their observations. 

5.  In pairs (preferably people who are comfortable with each other), students act out/apply SOLVE to a situation in which person A has gotten a bad mark on a test and person B is comfortin them.

Closing Activity

If need to, show the clips of Karolina to the students again to refresh their memory.

Ask the students to write down what they would say now to Karolina if she came to them asking for help in that particular moment in the film. Have them compare their answers from the beginning of the lesson.

As a take away, hand out Acronyms for Supporting a friend in need, and being