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Animal-assisted Therapy

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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.”

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A lot of the young people struggle with relationships. The cognitive behavioural-based social skills group is a really significant part of their treatment and recovery. It’s based on a positive approach, and the emphasis is on their strengths. Themes include bullying, anger, friendships and isolation.

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Within the programme, breaks are seen as therapeutic opportunities. They allow young people to take a break from cognitive effort, they provide an opportunity for exercise, fresh air and fun, and they offer an opportunity to develop negotiation and relationship-building skills.

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Specialist training for staff is offered in: the ability to carry out a mental state examination, to make a diagnostic assessment to undertake structured behavioural observations, and to undertake structured cognitive functional and developmental assessments. (UCL CAMHS Competence model)

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Exploring Ideas – a cognitive behavioural therapy group. Explores everyday adolescent issues and links thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to establish coping mechanisms.

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There are a range of psychotherapeutic interventions offered to YP and their families or carers. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and family therapy. All YP are assessed throughout the admission, if they meet the requirements of any of these therapies, they will be offered to an appointment with the required professional.

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Staff provide a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to YP and adolescents, and their families or carers. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and family therapy.

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Young People may be asked to take part in a range of therapies, by themselves or in a group, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive analytical therapy (CAT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), individual therapy, therapeutic group work and family work.

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Anxiety Clinics

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For young people in Year 7 presenting with symptoms suggestive of moderate anxiety, a new anxiety clinic has been launched across the East Riding. The service aims to help children understand the physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety, and enable them to develop positive coping strategies based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach.

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Social Skills Group

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A social skills group based on a positive approach where the focus is on the young person’s strengths, rather than on their difficulties. Topics explored within the group include bullying, anger, friendship and loneliness. These emotive subjects are presented in an approachable and non-confrontational way. The group is very structured and combines using worksheets with games and relaxation. It uses cognitive behavioural techniques to help young people identify feelings, both their own and those of other people.  (Holmes et al 2011)

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