Tag Archive: distress

Breaking down complex problems

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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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Identify and name strengths

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It is important that any service helps young people to identify and name their strengths, giving them an opportunity to talk about how they have done things differently, or how they coped with situations that were complex. This can increase their confidence in talking to people around them. From: theguardian.com

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Where possible a service should involve a young person’s carers, parents or social workers. This helps to create a safe space for some difficult conversations and ensure continuity of the work, while avoiding duplication of intervention. From:http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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Ensure the venues are appropriate, both in terms of location and atmosphere – little things like the availability of food and drink can help reduce nervousness about meeting and talking to someone new. From http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network-nspcc-partner-zone/2015/jul/07/5-ways-to-engage-with-distressed-young-people

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Staff help young people find different and more creative ways of ventilating their pain, distress, confusion and outrage.

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Shortly after the ward programme…

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“It has been noticed that shortly after the ward programme has stopped for the day and dinner has finished, there seems to be a period of time in which the young people sometimes become distressed/agitated/upset/irritable etc. This appears to be around 7pm until bed time. The ward now tries to ensure there is a wide range of different activities other than groups and education outside of the ward programme.”

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