All programmes offered will be personalised to the young person’s needs and time frames can be adapted.
Coaching for attachment and emotion regulation
This programme would work on building up a relationship of trust to start with, leading on to goal setting for that young person.
Each session would cover the goals set and progress so far that week, including games and conversations that encourage belonging and attachment within school life, and with peers and teachers, teaching emotion regulation strategies to use within the school day when things don’t go as planned.
This should be 6 sessions at 30 minutes each. 30 minutes of interaction/discussion with me, then the young person can spend another 30 minutes completing a ‘thought-book’ on what we have just discussed/ worked on, or an activity on the computer.
Mentoring young people to help improve their interactions and communication with others. Using the social skills 101 programme with 101 different activities that can be done with a student that needs support with some social skills, from personal space, making friendships and being more confident in a group. This can be completely personalised to the student in need after an introductory meeting. Work with Nurture Groups can also take place using the 101 programme.
The Boys Adrift Programme
This programme is for boys that are aged 8-16, based on the work of Leonard Sax, for young boys who are unmotivated and underachieving. Based on research that boys today are less resilient and less ambitious than they were 20 years ago. This is programme focuses on raising boys motivation and engagement in school and their achievements in life.
This session will be an hour long but with 3-5 boys who meet with me in a small group, they need to be willing to share ideas and thoughts openly for this to work. It does mean that they will hold each other accountable for their goals set ready for the next week. The programme should last for 6 weeks, each session being about 40 minutes – 1 hour long. In other instances the programme can be for individuals.
Discussion based activities on pressures of home, school, peers, girls. Setting goals for school life, aspirations for the future, teacher – student relationship improvements.
The idea would be that there would need to be a sort of report card created and kept by the young person, filled in by teaching staff each day to see if they have seen an improvement in the boys motivation, small goals can be on the card, to see if boys have met these. The goals may be to do with work ethic, politeness etc.
Meetings can continue as group or over a period of a few weeks start to be individual for coaching style discussions depending on the success of meeting as a group.
Although the work of Leonard Sax focusses on the motivation of boys, the same style of programme can also be offered to girls.
This is a session running for about 30 minutes every week or fortnight using a CBT strategy called ‘Starving the Anger Gremlin’.
The young person can work separately or together with me to go through the process of their anger, the reasoning behind it, investigating the triggers, the catalyst thinking that usually turns to anger and then solutions to working on their anger themselves and alternative thinking to keep them calm. I can also work with staff to help these individuals.
Solution – focused conversations
This programme would need to be flexible in timescale for the young person but at 20- 40 minutes per session.
This would use a solution focused brief counselling (SFBC) approach and CBT style session of conversation.
The conversation would be helping young people to view their problems in terms of what is going right, rather than what is going wrong. Using goals and solutions, rather than dwelling on problems. This means that the time spent in the meetings and more time effective, trying to maintain a positive relationship and leading to a more rapid, observable change in the young person.
This can be used for a variety of student needs:
Encouraging a better work ethic
Coping with a difficult or embarrassing issues
Supporting the young person to handle and manage emotions
Helping a young person get back on track / discovering potential /setting goals /sense of motivation
Helping a young person who has problems at home
Encouraging a positive student / teacher relationship
Managing stress or anxiety
Improving self esteem and building on confidence
Helping young people when reacting to authority
Building on social skills
All of the above programmes come with feedback on blocks of sessions and information on identified progress made.
Teen minds matter can organise peer coaching and youth mentoring with older students within a school setting to help support younger students.
An offer of a lunch time Teen Minds Matter drop in session for students to attend for a mental health check up.
We can share up to date articles on mental health provision with teaching staff for CPD.