Tag Archive: groups

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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Co-operative work, sharing based activities – for example through creative activities – can act as an equaliser for negative experiences, such as disappointment, despair, destructiveness and violence, which often arise in a CAMHS setting. A weekly group music session or a termly edition of a class magazine, for instance, enables young people to work together while accommodating various levels of individual skill and ability.

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The hospital school run a separate review group towards the end of each week for the young people. Their achievements, academic, social and personal, are reviewed and the young people are asked to rate themselves. Their peers then give them a rating with support from the staff. This can be a revelation for the young person and often leads to them realising greater success than they would allow themselves.

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There is both small group and individual teaching by teachers and learning support staff. Subjects covered include numeracy, literacy, ICT, horticulture (gardening) and many more.

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Some of the groups aim to promote emotional and behavioural development. They look at the use of responses, the expression of feelings, the consequences of actions, attachments, adaptability, self-control and stress responses.

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I’m not sure if it’s a life skill, but the most important thing is that the YP feel good about themselves. Self-esteem is the goal. And hope is very, very important. They can develop this through therapeutic groups, 1:1s, self-help materials, recommendations for YouTube etc.

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Young people can suggest and take responsibility for planning an activity, for example, arranging a choir group. The young person puts together an action plan to complete this.

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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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Visiting nights are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 – 8pm and weekends between 1pm – 5pm. Visiting is restricted to enable therapeutic work and groups.

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We have provided parenting education programmes which run in eight half day sessions. The focus is half on the parents (building their self-esteem) and half on the management of the child. It has been very successful – some parents go on to form self-help groups.

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