Staff and Student, Mental Health and Well-Being expert
Cat Williams is a relationship counsellor, personal coach, writer, speaker and expert on resilience, relationships and emotional well-being for the media, including the BBC and ITV. She is the founder of ‘Stay Calm and Content’ and the author of the multiple 5* reviewed ‘Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You’.
Cat offers uniquely engaging, interactive and tailor-made speeches and workshops for primary to sixth form pupils, and the staff who teach them. Sessions take into account all types of learning style and incorporate real-life scenarios, story-telling, props, visual aids, hand-outs, active games, educational drama and open discussion. Questions and comments are always welcome throughout.
A) Sessions for pupils - to explore and teach about:
Emotional well-being, happiness, dealing with bullying, stress management, self-confidence, preparation for tests and exams, understanding and controlling emotions and behaviour, self-harm, habits and addictions, responsible use of social media, personal resilience, moral courage, mindfulness, healthy relationships, communication skills, sexual consent, family breakdown, social awareness.
Workshops meet OFSTED criteria for Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural development and are designed to develop key learning skills of Readiness, Resourcefulness, Resilience, Responsibility and Reflection.
B) Sessions for teachers - to enable them to:
i) Learn new techniques and feel more confident delivering lessons on bullying, emotional well-being, mind-set for exams, understanding and controlling emotions and behaviour, transition, self-harm, stress management, responsible use of social media, building healthy relationships, personal resilience, moral courage and confidence, understanding sexual consent etc.
ii) Foster their own emotional well-being including how to: minimise stress and maximise potential especially during inspections and busy periods; build and maintain personal resilience, use coaching skills to increase collaboration with pupils and colleagues especially when managing challenging behaviour.
Cat’s ‘Stay Calm and Content for Schools’ programme has been developed in conjunction with Brian Edmiston, Professor of Drama in Education at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Brian is the author of several books including ‘Transforming Teaching and Learning with Active and Dramatic Approaches’.
Cat has recently been recorded for 'Head Talks', a nationwide project which interviews celebrities and experts about mental health. You can see this in action here.
Click here to view her TEDx talk on emotional resilience and her unique 'Toilet Seat Therapy' approach.
“Cat Williams gave the students at Stonyhurst an engaging presentation with several practical ways to deal with the stresses of daily life and examinations. The varied nature of the presentation ensured that there was something for everyone to take away with them.” Reuban Strain, Syntax Playroom Master, Stonyhurst College
“Cat Williams is a passionate speaker, genuinely concerned about the emotional well-being of young people today. The novel expression of her exploratory, open approach reveals an intellectual curiosity that is infectious. Catch her if you can!” Dr Jeremy H Grundy MA (Oxon), PhD (McGill), Headmaster, Birkenhead School
“Cat Williams’ presentation was stimulating and relevant to OFSTED’s SMSC criteria, the story engaged the children and carried an important message about self and social awareness, and emotional well-being, I highly recommend her” Mr Andrew Walker, Headteacher, Farndon Primary School
“I loved the assembly and thought that she wrote an amazing story and I thought it should have a standing ovation, also that assembly made me think and made my light shine brighter" Year 6 Pupil, Farndon Primary School
“I’ve used every technique that Cat has shared with us and each one has helped me in a positive way, I handle problems now in a way that I never thought I would." Libby ‘H’, Pupil at Eagle Butte High School
“The students were very engaged, they gained much personal insight into their emotions, behaviour and the way they relate to others, I had my eyes opened as well!" Carol Carlson, Head Teacher, Ralston School, Alberta, Canada
“Cat was a pleasure to have as an instructor. She is organised and professional. The reviews from seminar participants were among the best we have ever received.” Sharon Hurlbert, Course Manager, Medicine Hat College, Alberta, Canada
“It was such a tremendous gift of yourself that you gave us today. We all really enjoyed the session and I think everybody got a lot out of it. I thought your delivery was very clever and I really look forward to reading your book.” Catherine ‘W’, Teacher
"Cat provided a witty and original way to approach resilience and mental health. Her talk had an audience of 250 boys captivated, with a blend of analysis and diagnosis. Cat’s insistence upon the need to question our fears before tackling any next steps made her stand out from many other talks that have been given on this topic. To walk into class following this talk and have 20 lively 15 year olds want to discuss the issues is high praise indeed. Many thanks!" Lloyd Charman, Deputy Housemaster, The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School