We offer a number of workshops for young people and a parenting programme to look at tools to assist with building supportive communities.
Over the years of working in schools we have written a number of workshops which have been rolled out and proven to be a valuable and positive support to people’s emotional well-being. Below are a few of our most successful and evidence based groups. Upon entering a youth group, we ask the young person to fill out an assessment form, we then track their progress at the end of the course/ programme.
Parenting group: (Aug 2018, 1.5 hours, 4 weeks – £80)
Do you sometimes feel in need of support and new ideas when it comes to parenting? Linda and Amanda have eight children between them, two with special needs, they both have training and experience in running groups for parents and are aware of the pressures on the ever-changing world of parenting and know from both personal and professional experience it can become overwhelming?
The parenting group is a confidential group, which aims to share ideas and support parents to find new ways of managing challenging behaviours by de-escalating and helping parents to think about the motivation of the behaviour presented. What challenging behaviour means to us – it is not something you have dealt with before and is therefore challenging your skill base.
We hope by sharing knowledge, ideas and information we will be able to build strong community networks and sign post parents in the right direction.
Testimonal- the parenting group ran by Linda and Amanda has taught me parental skills for life, I have a support network of parents in the same situation as me , i cannot thank you enough for really enabling me to have a more positive and calmer! relationship with my sons
Self-image boys and girls aged 10 -14 (Sept 2018, 1.5 hours, 6 weeks £160)
Research shows that over 50% of young people feel their self-image impacts on their everyday life. Through my own personal experience of working within schools we have identified six areas where the therapeutic group work can be effective:
- To build confidence and interpersonal skills such as reflection and evaluate the world and peer group around them, while growing in the ability to listen explain own feelings and allowing the personality to grow within a safe environment.
- To build emotional awareness through empathising and understanding others and sharing experiences.
- Teaching the fundamentals of learning concentration, active listening and attendance by addressing social and home life issues early in their life at secondary school.
How we will do this:
We will apply Choice Theory and can help stimulate students to act in ways to achieve their needs and look at their self-image and role models in everyday life. Young people are motivated to fulfil five basic needs, which are survival, love and belonging, power, fun and freedom.
During the six weeks young people will be asked to look at and share their wants and needs, evaluate their behaviours and make plans for fulfilling their needs.” So bullied students are not victims of their circumstances but can learn new behaviours that can result in greater resilience. This will be set out over six weeks, each week looking at a different subject within self-image.
Transition (4 weeks in August, 1.5 hours, Price £120)
Through the use of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL): Improving behaviour, learning and therapeutic models we have devised an intervention model designed for young people who are either about to, or have already started their transitioning journey.
The Transitional Group should promote a sense of belonging which encourages acceptance and support for those new to the school community.
- Facilitates the growth of self-esteem and encourages more vulnerable young people to feel more accepted in a group space.
- Encourages the use of a variety of inter-personal skills, listening to others and accepting diversity in a safe environment. This develops cognitive and social competence.
- To generate positive peer interaction and allow the young people to explore negative, destructive feelings and fears with the opportunity for peers to provide positive help and support to one another within a therapeutic environment.
Anger (September 2018, 1.5 hours, 6 weeks £160)
We will help young people recognise their own personal profile to anger and provide them with an awareness of how much it drives their behaviour.
To express anger with passion and recognise it is resilience within that can be helpful if channelled in the correct way.
To understand anger can be caused by many different things in a young person’s life, rather than managing the anger it is to identify the cause. Anger management only goes as far as to recognise the triggers rather than where they stem from. We will facilitate an exploration into understanding that behind “Anger” is often Four Primary Emotions
- Hurt … Due to rejection and / or sense of injustice
- Fear …Due to perceived Insecurity- fear for our safety; fear of change; fear of not being in control.
- Protection of “Self” … protecting self-image; protecting self-esteem
- Frustration … having our goals blocked; having our plans fail; not seeming to get justice done; Once they have identified where the feelings are coming from we encourage the young person to use this word rather than angry, for example…..’ I hate Ms White she makes me so angry.’ This would then be changed to’ I feel really frustrated with Ms White see never sees the good in me.