Schools and Community
Our therapists work within both primary and secondary schools and we will tailor our package to meet to the needs of your school.
Individual therapeutic support
- We offer weekly one-to-one therapeutic sessions for pupils
- Break or lunchtime drop-in support for children who need it during the school day
Whole-class or group programmes
- Specially trained therapists can deliver well-recognised programmes to support the development of emotional resilience and address anxiety issues in children and young people.
- Therapists trained and registered with Connected Kids can deliver mindfulness sessions within your school.
- Our therapists can also support with headteachers, teachers and staff with reflective practice, one-to-one support and training on mental health and emotional wellbeing topics.
The FRIENDS programme is a well-researched innovative programme with a very firm theoretical base. Dually based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Positive Psychology it focuses on teaching children and young people specific skills for problem solving in the social and emotional world. With its background in preventative mental health, is recognised as an important early intervention in the areas of anxiety and depression. It is commonly used as a tool to develop emotional resilience, enabling children and young people to develop feelings of emotional well-being and flourish as they travel through childhood, adolescence and into adult life. The research background outlines the programmes effectiveness with clinical groups of young people and young people attending the full range of schools.
Developed in Australia, the programme is used in schools and clinic settings throughout the world. FRIENDS is the only school based anxiety programme acknowledged by the World Health Organisation for its fourteen years of comprehensive evaluation and practice. (WHO, Prevention of Mental Disorders: Effective Interventions and Policy Options pp 42-43 2004)
FRIENDS is based on a wealth of research and practical experience in thousands of classrooms. Evidence has shown that children with normal levels of worry benefit by acquiring specific skills. Additionally, exposing children with high anxiety levels to a complete FRIENDS programme can reduce their risk of developing serious debilitating anxiety disorders.
The FRIENDS materials have 4 age-sensitive versions focusing on children and young people between the ages of 4-17 years. In each FRIENDS session, students are guided through a series of class or group based activities designed to teach them how to deal with worrying situations. There are also optional home activities to complete between sessions. Parents have an opportunity to support their children and learn more about FRIENDS themselves by attending two parent sessions arranged by the facilitator (these are additional optional sessions).
Connected Kids Program
Connected Kids is designed to support children and young people through learning to relax and use basic mindfulness skills. By using the breath and visualisation techniques children develop an inner strength to tackle their own levels of anxiety. Understanding how to calm their stressed and busy minds children soon develop a calmer more in tune self that is often able to stop anxiety from disturbing their school day, friendships and beyond.
The sessions work on the breath, relaxation and noticing signs of anxiety and working through them. Sessions are as little as 10 minutes and as long as 45min depending on age and stage of the children and young people.