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Adolescent Support Clinic
We Understand

"Supporting young people and families in Southend and Essex"

Training

ASC provide group work for families and young people plus CPD (continual professional development) for teachers and all professionals working with young people.
The areas that we currently specialise in are detailed below:-

Group Title Suitability Duration
PARENTING YOUNG PEOPLE PARENTS/CARERS 3 WEEK
FLASH PARENTS/CARERS 10 WEEK
ANXIETY - LIVING IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD OPEN TO ALL 6 WEEK
ANGER AND BEHAVIOURAL MANAGEMENT YOUNG PEOPLE 6 WEEK
WHY TRY? YOUNG PEOPLE
(this program can be taught to professionals wishing to use this material)
10 WEEK
(adapted for professionals)
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS YOUNG PEOPLE 6 WEEK
SELF ESTEEM ENHANCEMENT YOUNG PEOPLE 6 WEEK
MINDFULNESS & HATHA YOGA OPEN TO ALL 6 WEEK
CPD - OVERVIEW OF ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH All TEACHING & SUPPORT STAFF 2 – 4 HOURS
CPD ‘Bolt-ons’:
  • ANXIETY
  • EATING DISORDERS,
  • OCD,
  • SELF-HARM
  • DEVELOPING PROBLEM SOLVING THINKING
  • WORKING WITH
ALL PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE 1 - 2 HOURS
LISTENING SKILLS

Meet the Facilitators

Lucinda Lidstone MA - Senior Clinical Psychotherapist

Lucinda has worked in the Caring field for many years and is deeply committed to supporting both Adults and Adolescents in Crisis, within severe presentations such as Eating Disorders.

She has worked within NHS and Private mental health settings, providing individual and group therapy to inpatients on Adolescent Acute Presentation and Eating Disorder Wards and within outpatient clinics.

Lucinda has also been in private practice for a number of years and founded ASC to support young people and their families in the South Essex area.

Lesley Burrows - Senior Psychotherapist & Relationship Specialist

Lesley began her original therapeutic work in domestic violence with women and children. This informed Lesley’s work specialising in relationships and intimacy.

During the last seven years Lesley has worked within a team that focuses on family communication within an Adult Mental Health clinical setting.

Lesley currently remains in private practice and in partnership with ASC supporting families in a therapy setting and through parenting workshops.

Vicky Neagan – Psychotherapist & Hatha Yoga Teacher

Vicky has many years experience within mental health; working with NHS primary care patients and within the leading mental health charity MIND. She currently supports students at Palmer’s College in Grays. Vicky is an appointed safe guarding officer and develops crisis intervention for suicide and other trauma related events.

As a Hatha Yoga Teacher Vicky encourages the connecting of mind and body helping to bring balance between the rational and intuitive thinking, logic and creativity, action and passiveness.

Abdul Harrassy – Therapist & Mental Health Specialist

ABDUL has many years of experience working with young people in various mental health settings including, Private, NHS and Social Care. Abdul has provided care in a variety of supportive roles including; Social Worker, Residential Worker, Psychiatric Nurse and Therapist within both inpatient and outpatient clinics.

He has worked with challenging behavioural presentations; particularly within relapse prevention work for Young Sex Offenders and currently works at MIND the UK's largest Mental Health Charity.

GROUP DESCRIPTIONS, AIMS AND OUTCOMES

Parenting young people

Target Audience
Parents & Carers of Adolescents

Description
Adolescence is a challenging time for families. This is a series of three workshops that are designed to build upon one another and provide comprehensive insight into parenting adolescents.

Aims
We explore the adolescent world; physiology, culture & social media, the parenting world and how to bridge the gap between the worlds to make genuine connections.

Outcomes

  • understanding parenting styles
  • increased confidence in communication about challenges issues
  • increased knowledge of behavioural and mental health presentations
  • the importance of implementing boundaries, limitations and responsibility
  • Safe place to voice concerns
  • identify & signpost to further support

Cost: £40 per person per 3hour session (*some concessions available)

FLASH - Supporting families where self-harm is happening

Recent studies reveal that 1 in 10 young people will self harm during adolescence, though it is more common in girls than boys. However these statistics may only reveal the tip of the iceberg as they are based on cases reported to GP’s and hospitals and most self harm is done in secrecy amidst feelings of shame.

This contradicts the view that many people have that self harm is an ‘attention seeking’ behaviour. Parents worry that continued self harming will lead to suicide attempts but this is often not the case.

Deliberate Self Harm (DSH) includes overdose, cutting, burning, picking scabs or wounds, excessive piercing, banging the head or body against hard objects, punching or hitting yourself, using drugs, having unsafe sex, or engaging in reckless behaviour. Occasionally groups of young people will self harm together in what might be viewed as a tribal activity.

Self harming can become addictive and be a regular way of managing inner turmoil and powerful negative feelings.

Intolerable distress can lead to feeling bad about yourself, hopeless, isolated and powerless. You may feel that no one listens to you and self harm is a way of establishing a sense of control or releasing a build up of tension.

Target Audience
Parents & Carers of Adolescents; Professionals working with Adolescents who self harm

Description
FLASH stands for Families Learning About Self Harm. This is a ten week parenting course open to parents and carers where a young person in a family is exhibiting self harming behaviour.

Aims
We explore how to work at remaining connected in relationships while dealing with the effects of self harm as a parent/couple.

Outcomes

  • greater understanding of aspects of self Harm
  • creating greater empathy with the young person
  • developing listening skills
  • the importance of implementing boundaries, limitations and responsibility
  • understanding parenting styles
  • raising self esteem
  • modelling required behaviours

Cost: £300 per 10 week course

Anxiety- living in an uncertain world

1 in 6 young people will experience an anxiety condition at some point in their lives, Young people are facing increased stress - perhaps studying for exams at school, college or uni, or struggling to find employment. Within busy family lives it can be hard to find time for respite and support.

Everyone experiences a level of anxiety in their life. When we find ourselves in a situation which we perceive as overwhelming, threatening or dangerous the body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol which activate the ‘fight or flight’ response. This response is designed as a short term measure to remove us from imminent danger.

Some anxiety has an identifiable focus, as with a specific phobia, which may appear irrational to friends or family. However, ongoing, low level or chronic anxiety, with no obvious trigger or focus is just as debilitating and detrimental to our emotional and physical well-being.

When anxiety peaks to panic levels the physical experience can be extremely frightening with sufferers believing that they will die, have a heart attack or go mad with the terror.

Target Audience
Anyone experiencing anxiety or wanting to understand the impact of anxiety in greater depth.

Description
Courses range from a two hour overview of anxiety to an in depth 6 week programme which includes practical tools for managing anxiety.

Aim
This workshop explores the physiology or anxiety; what happens in the brain and how the body is affected. We look at how anxiety can become elevated and create distorted thoughts and actions. This offers an in-depth understanding of the effects of anxiety and how to change your relationship with it.

Outcomes

  • understanding the physiology of anxiety
  • identify triggers
  • target unhelpful behaviours
  • develop mindfulness practice
  • reduce excess stress and return to balance

Cost: targeted according to specific needs and length of course (e.g. for 6 week course from £30 per session)

Anger and Behavioural Management Program

Target Audience
Young People experiencing a destructive relationship with anger, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Young Offenders

Description
This course is designed to promote awareness of the warning signs and triggers of anger from a non judgmental perspective. We facilitate exercises designed to build self esteem which in turn encourages the young person to take responsibility for their actions and the consequences that result.

Aim
We establish what healthy relationships look like. Exercises explore: ‘clean’ anger versus ‘dirty’ anger, Rules and beliefs, perfectionism and limitations, inferiority vs superiority. We use Cognitive Behavioural Theory to explore thinking styles and to look longer term at consequences of chosen behaviours. We learn tools to enable the channelling of aggressive energy into productive behaviours and highlight the importance of relaxation and mindfulness practices.

Outcomes

  • identify triggers
  • identify warning signs in the body
  • identify rules and beliefs
  • balance perfectionism with limitation
  • take responsibility for consequences
  • practice mindfulness

Cost: From £10 per session

Why Try?

Target Audience
Young People experiencing a destructive relationship with anger, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Young Offenders Families & Professionals wanting to learn more about the Why Try Program

Description
The WhyTry? Program has been designed to help Young People overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of behaviour, school refusal and academic learning. It is based on the principles of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Social and Emotional Intelligence, and multi-sensory learning.

The idea is straight-forward: Teach social and emotional principles to young people in a way that they can understand and remember. This is accomplished using a series of ten pictures (visual analogies). Each visual teaches a discrete principle, such as resisting peer-pressure, obeying laws and rules, and that decisions have consequences. The visual components are then reinforced by music and physical activities.

Aim
To help Young People achieve opportunity, freedom, and self-respect using education and interventions that motivate and create positive change.

Outcomes

  • understand and change the decision-making process
  • overcome negative labels
  • recognize and control Defence Mechanisms and recognize the Defence Mechanisms of others
  • tools for managing peer pressure
  • learn problem solving models for use when confronted by challenges
  • Positive behaviours that result in freedom and opportunity in society.
  • ideas for making and maintaining positive connections.

(*Why Try? Is a research based program developed over 15 years in the USA by students, counsellors, teachers, mental health professionals, and corrections staff*)

Healthy Relationships

Target audience
Young people or adults interested in exploring relationships

Description
Relationship dynamics are rarely discussed in ways that are constructive. This is an opportunity to discuss and think about what constitutes a healthy relationship and reflect on role models in and outside the family.

Aims
Exploring healthy v unhealthy relating, clarifying personal value systems and how these naturally inform boundaries and assertiveness in relationships.

Outcomes

  • Understanding what is a healthy relationship
  • Strengthening your own position regarding what is important to you
  • How values inform relationship boundaries
  • Conflict resolution skills; listening and validating self and other
  • Greater awareness of identifying relationship patterns that work
  • Knowledge of how to balance individual needs and relationship needs

Cost: Targeted according to specific needs and length of course (a six week course £30 per session)
Concessions may be available

Self esteem enhancement

Target audience
Young people or adults interested in exploring self esteem

Description
This workshop begins by defining what self esteem is and what it is not. We explore how we think and feel about ourselves, as this can affect all areas of our lives and if left unchallenged can be detrimental to our wellbeing and potential.

Aims
To identify and strengthen ideas about self-esteem and its influence in our lives; To create movement in thinking and action.

Outcomes

  • Greater understanding of the concept of 'self-esteem' and its value
  • Increased self-awareness to challenge thought processes
  • More confidence in the ability to move towards healthier thinking and develop self trust
  • Clarity regarding self-respect, values and right
  • Understanding the power of problem solving and how to do it

Cost: Targeted toward specific needs (a six week course £30 per session)
Concessions may be available

Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation

Target Audience
Open to all

Desciption
Mindfulness & Hatha yoga uses the breath to connect mind and body helping to bring balance between our rational and intuitive thinking, logic and creativity, our action and passiveness.
Research validates the benefits of these practices for severe trauma, OCD, Depression & Anxiety
2 Yoga principles that underpin this practice - Satya (truthfulness) and Ahimsa (non-harm)?

Aims
Yoga breathing practices (Pranyama) support and calm the nervous system, helping the body to recover from mental and emotional distress.
To bring balance and regulate the mind/emotion/body system. You will reflect on the principles of truthfulness and non-harm and what this means to you, within your own life’s journey.

Outcomes

  • learn and maintain controlled attention
  • Release trauma and rebalance nervous system
  • Create new pathways for more positive thinking habits
  • Increased awareness of self
  • Become alert to messages from the body

Continuing Professional Development

Target Audience
Primary & Secondary Teachers, Support Staff and other Professionals Working with adolescents

Description
These training packages for professionals begin with a two hour presentation which gives an overview of Adolescent Mental Health and the services available. Alternatively we can provide ‘bespoke’ sessions which focus on your specific needs and/or concerns, such as; Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Self Harm.

Aims
To explore the wider picture of MH issues today including; predisposing factors, family systems, environment & culture. We discuss the Tasks of Adolescence from a MH perspective; attachment, separation, autonomy & identity. We take a closer look at 3 issues of increasing concern: Self harm, Eating Disorders & Anxiety.

Outcomes:

  • to challenge stigma & improve awareness
  • to identify warning signs
  • increased confidence in communication
  • wider knowledge of 3 main MH issues SH, ED, Anxiety
  • the importance of boundaries, limitations and responsibility
  • to identify & signpost to further support

Costs: from £240 - £500 per 2 - 4hr presentation for professional audience

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