Masks & Mirrors
Providing counselling for staff has proven to be very successful in many different ways. The feedback from staff has been that it has given them a sense of feeling valued by their employees and a space where they feel safe to talk about any issues they have at work or home, without fear of being judge or information being fed back. This has enabled staff to continue working as they have felt emotionally supported and given them the tools to help cope with the challenges they face. Counselling for staff is based in a different setting to the school.
Group work with students has increased over the years; this is mainly focused around friendships and transition into secondary school. We provide 6 to 8 sessions, though this can vary. It gives each student an opportunity to have a voice in space where they feel heard. We look at working together to achieve the best possible outcome for all the students. Sometimes this can be that the students agree in the sessions not to spend time together outside the session, the aim is not to make students be friends, to give them the tools to help them establish what works best within the group to cause less conflict and upset. Transition groups looks at the students needs to transfer to secondary school successfully, by sharing concerns and questions within the group and giving them some valuable life skills for the future.