Tag Archive: sessions

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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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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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 ward has fun and educational visits, for example from Zoo Lab, pottery classes, story writing sessions.

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Ofsted-rated education timetable provides 25 taught sessions weekly as part of the structured day, providing up to 25 hours of education per patient per week depending on a range of factors including Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Interventions.

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Helping to pool the family’s efforts to address the difficulties is where family sessions can be of most help.

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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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We run a Parenting Skills Group on Friday for a series of sessions during every child’s admission. Improvements in parenting skills and well-being support improvements in outcomes for young people.

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A board and wipe-off markers (or something similar) are provided so that YP can share their thoughts and feelings knowing that they can wipe things away before they leave the groups. Where this is not available, we encourage YP to do the same with a piece of paper so they can rip the paper up prior to leaving the session. We also encourage young people to do this before bed should they have a lot going through their mind.

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Sometimes a theme is introduced in the art and craft sessions to encourage ideas. Young people are encouraged to discuss their work with an emphasis on emotional issues rather than technique or achieving a perfect piece of art work.

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