Young people who have not experienced a good enough attachment experience in childhood are at very high risk of difficulties in the ways they related to others, particularly when under stress. This course is designed to equip those working with young people in schools who display disorganised attachment behaviours that impact adversely on their educational experience. As well as acquiring a framework for understanding and identifying children with a range of attachment difficulties, the course will provide an opportunity to gain skills that may help in the management of such problems.
Young people increasing use ‘psychological terminology’ as a way of expressing normal human experiences, and it can be a challenge to know when we are confronted with significant psychological distress in young people. This course designed to give a better understanding of common mental health difficulties effecting young people in schools. It will help professionals in their management of such difficulties as Obsessive Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviours, Anxiety and Panic, Mood difficulties and depression. It will also aim to provide a psychological framework for making sense of a young person’s psychological problems and develop some basic skills in managing risk.
The mainstream does not cope well with disruptive behaviour. Equally the ‘disruptive’ behaviour may be communicating a whole range of things that get commonly ignored. This course is designed for those working in schools with young people who have behaviour problems that seem intractable to usual management strategies, using the principles of non-violent resistance. As well as learning about formulation and understanding the ‘function’ of behaviour, the course will explore a range of approaches and tools for addressing such problems.
When young people harm themselves we often feel overwhelmed and frightened of the possible consequences. This course is designed for teachers, teaching assistants, behaviour specialists and counsellors working in schools with young people who are concerned about managing risks presented by young people, including self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, and harm towards others. Participants will be given tools to help them formulate, respond to and manage such risks.
This is a 1 day course designed to promote psychological well-being and resilience in young people. In the absence of a ‘magical answer’ from traditional mental health services, compounded by ever limited resources, we are charged with the task of preventing mental health difficulties. There has been an explosion of interest in ‘mindfulness’ in adult psychology, and there are many helpful interventions appropriate to young people of secondary school age. This course will provide a basic introduction to theory and practice in promoting resilience and well-being in young people.
Play is hardly a word that we would expect to see used in secondary school, but its role in working with the psychological needs of young people should not be underestimated. This is a 1 day course designed to help professionals working with secondary school aged young people use ‘play’ as a way of engaging those pupils who are difficult to reach. The course will explore an attachment based philosophy that emphasise the importance of using meaningful relationships to connect with young people who feel isolated, rejected and disconnected from school.