A counselling service, and the other services offered by OBRC helps support schools in their management of emotional and behavioural difficulties that affect lessons and impact on all school staff.
Intensive Anger Intervention
Work can be done with pupils at risk of exclusion due to their inappropriate expressions of anger.
Work is done with the young person to help them identify the inappropriate behaviours they need to change. This can help shift their thinking and behaviour within the school environment.
By the end of the intervention, a plan is made detailing realistic and achievable changes.
“…promoting staff health and wellbeing should be an integral part of the whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing” (Counselling in Schools:A Blueprint for the Future 2016)
Individual or group support can be provided to senior leaders or those in a pastoral / child protection role.
We offer training, contributing to the continuing professional development of staff in your school.
Staff are also able to access one to one counselling.
Run by experienced and qualified counsellors, these can be part of twilight sessions, or INSET days. They can be adapted to teachers and/or other support staff. Topics that can be covered include:-
Calmer Classrooms Part 1
A whole school training, usually delivered during an INSET day to groups of 30 at a time. Includes the life of a young person outside the classroom, understanding anger and helpful and unhelpful responses.
Time is given to explore common “triggers” that can result in a young person displaying disruptive behaviours.
Calmer Classrooms Part 2
Ideas from the Calmer Classrooms training are explored in more detail. Using counselling theory to understand and change what can happen during emotionally charged interactions.
Staff have an opportunity to explore moments of challenging behaviour and their emotional and practical responses.
“…use of visitors is an important part of many schools’ programmes. They can bring an expertise that you as a teacher may not have, nor should be expected to have”. Dept Education PSHE guidance 2015
Delivery of lessons
We can deliver lessons to whole year groups on a range of PSHE topics. There are some topics where it may be more appropriate to have a counsellor facilitating class exploration of sensitive topics. These may include unhealthy relationships , self harming behaviours or conversations about sexuality.
Training teachers to deliver lessons
“Schools must access training and support before teaching the more challenging and sensitive areas of mental health and emotional wellbeing” Dept Education PSHE guidance 2015.
There is also an opportunity to train existing school staff in the delivery of the PSHE programme and provide detailed lesson plans and resources.
Young People’s Groups
OBRC can provide a variety of groups for pupils in school. These are often run in lunchtimes but there is flexibility to fit with what would work for your school. They are usually in 5 week blocks, which can be either run as a “drop in” or a structured 5 week group. They are run by counsellors.
This group is for Year 10 and 11 pupils. The focus is on strategies to stay focused in the lead up to exams. Young people are able to “catch” and change any unhelpful thoughts round revision and/or exams. Mindfulness and calming techniques are demonstrated and practised.
Many young people experience loss, either through a death or change in circumstances. Some young people need extra support to help them navigate the process of accepting change. The group is often needed in Years 7-9 The group members are encouraged to support each other. Memory boxes can be made within the group, and the experience of grief can be demystified and normalised for the young people.
Many young people struggle with self esteem and friendships. This can often impact on their experience of school, and cause extra issues that busy school staff have to deal with. It has been shown that for a teenager, social rejection has a significant effect on their brain. For teenagers the feelings attached to issues with friends can feel overwhelming. Within the group there are opportunities for young people to improve their self esteem and a chance to look at healthy and unhealthy friendships.
Some young people struggle with how they express their anger. This group is less “anger management” and more a change to work out how to manage themselves better so they don’t get as frustrated.