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Life Skills Training Course


Life skills have been defined as the abilities for adoptive and positive behaviour that enables individuals to deal effectively with the demands of everyday life (WHO).

Adaptive means that a person is flexible in approach and is able to adjust in different circumstances. Positive behaviour implies that a person is forward looking and even in difficult situations, can find a ray of hope and opportunities to find solutions.

Life skills include psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner. Essentially, there are two kinds of skills - those related to thinking termed as "thinking skills"; and skills related to dealing with others termed as "social skills". While thinking skills relate to reflection at a personal level, social skills include interpersonal skills and do not necessarily depend on logical thinking. It is the combination of these two types of skills that are needed for achieving assertive behaviour and negotiating effectively. “Emotional” can be perceived as a skill not only in making rational decisions but also in being able to make others agree to one's point of view. To do that, coming to terms first with oneself is important. Thus, self-management is an important skill including managing/coping with feelings, emotions, stress and resisting peer and family pressure. Young people as advocates need both thinking and social skills for harmony building and advocacy on issues of concern.


5 Days


This is a personal development course that will benefit all individuals through building their confidence and independence to allow them to truly reach their potential.


The objectives of this training are to provide skills that enable participants to cope with the demands of everyday life, build self-confidence, and encourage critical thinking, foster independence, and help people to communicate more effectively.



  • Who are you?
  • What is life skills?
  • Working in teams
  • Setting expectations
  • Giving and earning respect
  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • Clarifying values
  • Avoiding stereotypes
  • Developing personal power

Intrapersonal Relationship

  • Self-awareness
  • Self esteem
  • Self-discipline
  • Coping with emotions
  • Coping with stress

Communication Skills

  • Understanding nonverbal messages
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Being assertive
  • Expressing opinions constructively
  • Critical thinking

Decision Making Skills

  • Making decisions—big and small
  • Gathering information
  • Identifying options
  • Weighing options and consequences
  • Making a choice

Envisioning and Goal Setting

  • Defining goals
  • Stepping-stone goals
  • Taking action
  • Persevering

Managing Personal Resources

  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Being accountable
  • Handling stress
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the initiative

Problem Solving Skills

  • Defining problems—big and small
  • Identifying options
  • Considering pros and cons
  • Finding solutions

Peaceful Conflict Resolution

  • Understanding conflicts
  • Identifying emotions in conflicts
  • Controlling emotions in conflicts
  • Using communication skills effectively
  • Creating a win-win situation
  • Resolving conflicts

Preparation for the Future

  • Adapting to change
  • Handling peer pressure 3
  • Getting along
  • Playing by the rules
  • Presenting yourself

Interview Skills and CV writing

  • Sample of curriculum vitae
  • Guidelines to cv writing
  • Preparing for an interview
  • Presenting yourself in an interview

Healthy Living

  • Basic personal hygiene
  • Healthy eating and eating disorders
  • Importance of physical activities
  • Drugs and substance abuse
  • Impact of behaviour change in health & wellbeing

Applying the Skills

  • Introduction
  • Getting started
  • Designing an action plan
  • Taking action
  • Assessment


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Mob: +254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 16th September 2019

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Payment for all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 23-09-2019
Event End Date 27-09-2019
Cut off date 16-09-2019
Individual Price(Kenyan) KES 69,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 790
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 920
Location Kisumu, Kenya
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