As part of Teaching Schools South West’s Covid and Beyond Support Offer for 2020-2021 we are addressing mental well-being as a heightened need following months of school closures and time spent at home during the lockdown.
TSSW is working with the Early Help for Mental Health (EH4MH) programme through Devon County Council’s Public Health Team and Five Areas Ltd to offer schools access to a range of educational resources at a significantly reduced cost, which includes free training. The positive-sounding, almost statement of intent title, Living Life to the Full programmes of lessons for primary and secondary pupils are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques in everyday language to support pupils in building essential resilience and confidence.
Living Life to the Full for Children | We Eat Elephants is for primary school-aged children (5-8 and 9-12 years). The focus is on engaging, story-based resources that build on how you think and work as a teacher or practitioner, with appealing support materials for teaching that use everyday situations faced by young people at home and school. Engaging characters help to gain the children’s attention, with posters and feelings cards to make learning about emotions fun and ultimately help children to work out why they feel as they do and to make small changes to make that vital difference. Above all, the resources are jargon-free and child-friendly in clear and calm sessions to be delivered as part of the curriculum.
For secondary school students, Living Life to the Full for Young People | My Big Life offer three separate licences for Year 7 transition pupils, for those who are two to three years into their secondary school experience and older and online access. The programmes consist of a series of lessons based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques with lessons aimed at encouraging students to recognise unhelpful thoughts and worries before they have an impact on day-to-day activities, along with strategies for students to address challenges they may face.
Developed by award-winning and widely recognised researcher and trainer in the evidence-based CBT approach, Dr Chris Williams; whose accolades include medical doctor and Professor at the University of Glasgow, a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Honorary Fellow and past-President of the lead body for CBT in the UK, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
TSSW is pleased to be supporting this work and working with Devon County Council’s Public Health Team and Five Areas Ltd and schools can purchase the licence (s) to deliver the training of this renowned and well used CBT Life Skills training system in their schools at a significantly reduced price.
For more information and how to purchase the licence (s) see here.
The closing date for signing-up is Friday 4 September 2020.