Tag Archive: chatting

Normalising the Experience for Young People 

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While young people wanted more activities to keep them busy, chatting with staff about normal, everyday subjects was seen as very important. An inpatient stay is not a usual part of development, so many staff acknowledged the importance of normalising the experience for young people. Some young people found a constant focus on ‘mental health’ detrimental, and wanted their treatment and care to be integrated into the context of their lives.

Source: Where Next by YoungMinds

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respectful validation

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“We offer respectful validation of young peoples thoughts and emotions which enable them to identify the initial causes of their feelings. We help young people put coping strategies into place. We usually begin with a short chat and walk with them as they take small steps to tackle their problems. Along the way, they build up positive strategies which empower and give them more confidence.”

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Build trust and form a therapeutic relationship

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“A key focus, especially initially, is to build trust and form a therapeutic relationship. I find that chatting with young people about their interests and hobbies is a good way to establish this. Most young people probably think nursing staff will just talk about medical things but they soon realise that we are people too. It’s all about them feeling secure and comfortable so they can make the most of their stay with us.”

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