Category Archive: COLOURFUL Ideas

The Secure Base Model

A secure base is at the heart of any successful caregiving environment – whether within the birth family, in foster care, residential care or adoption. A secure base is provided through a relationship with one or more caregivers who offer a reliable base from which to explore and a safe haven for reassurance when there are difficulties. Thus a secure base promotes security, confidence, competence and resilience.

 

 

The Secure Base Model has been developed through a range of research and practice dissemination projects led by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek in the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia.

The Secure Base Model is drawn from attachment theory, and adapted to include an additional element, that of family membership, for children who are separated from their birth families. The model proposes five dimensions of caregiving, each of which is associated with a corresponding developmental benefit for the child. The dimensions overlap and combine with each other to create a secure base for the child, as represented below:

 

 

From: https://www.uea.ac.uk/providingasecurebase/home

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Directing Change Program

The Directing Change Program & Film Contest encourages and provides a platform for young people to speak out, openly and honestly about mental health. Studies show that although half of teens who are thinking about suicide tell a friend, fewer than 25 percent of those friends tell an adult. By directing change the young filmmakers encourage their peers to know the warning signs for suicide and give them the knowledge to connect a friend to a trusted adult or resource.

“Directing Change provides young people with an opportunity to use a creative medium like film to start important conversations about mental health among their peers and our future California leaders,” said Dr. Wayne Clark, Executive Director, California Mental Health Services Authority.

 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/california-winners-announced-in-youth-film-contest-to-prevent-suicide-and-tackle-mental-health-stigma-among-peers-300274510.html

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SchoolsPlus

“Healthcare leaders have recognized that by working together and leveraging their shared knowledge and opportunities they can improve policy, service design and treatment options. For example, our School Plus program is a leading practice in [Canada] and school boards, schools and families are speaking about its strength and value.”

Leo Glavine, provincial health minister in Canada

SchoolsPlus is a collaborative interagency approach supporting the whole child and their family with the school as the center of service delivery.

Learn more: https://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca

 

 

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Animal-assisted Therapy

Animals are an important part of many people’s lives — their mere presence can contribute to human’s happiness, making their life more meaningful. However, animals may do more than just provide companionship.

New research suggests they can improve emotional, social and cognitive functioning in adolescents with severe mental disorders. The study, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, examined the effects of animal-assisted therapy, which is an intervention involving guided interaction between a patient and a trained animal. The purpose of this intervention is to aid a patient’s recovery process.

“The young patients who feel fragile, needy and dependent on others in the hospital context, can experience themselves as caretakers of someone else in the [animal-assisted therapy] environment,” researchers said, according to The Pacific Standard. “This experience can improve their sense of self-agency and self-cure, and these positive effects are not only limited to the human-animal bond, but can be extended to the patient’s global functioning and to the entire process of care.”

Source: medicaldaily.com – Read more here

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There are well-timed behavioural rewards and endorsements built into the ward programme to encourage young people to keep on track. For example, after a session of education or group therapy there is always a break during which the young people have a drink and free time.

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Staff facilitate young people’s communication in various ways: verbally, non-verbally or symbolically, through play and the expressive arts, and provide emotional containment so that they can move on emotionally, socially and educationally.

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Understanding how mental health problems present and develop in children, young people and adults is also central to specialist CAMHS work.

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Endings and transitions are typically difficult times for young people, their families, and the ward team involved. Because discharge is as significant as admission, moving forward is an essential part of sensitively managing therapeutic relationships.

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Breaking down complex problems

Young people value sessions that focus on breaking down their complex problems into a single goal that they can describe and visualise.

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The staff make liberal use of praise — there are big smiles and cries of ‘well done’ if a young person manages even a small achievement.

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