Tag: Emotional wellbeing

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  • Meet the trainer: Claudia Moss

    Meet the trainer: Claudia Moss

    Dr Claudia Moss is a highly experienced Chartered Educational Psychologist and Founding Director of Moss Inclusive Psychology. After completing her BSc Honours degree in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University, she worked as an Inclusion Support Worker with KS3 and KS4 pupils who experienced Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and then undertook a Postgraduate Certificate […]

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  • Meet the trainer: Rachel Dann

    Meet the trainer: Rachel Dann

    Story Links supports the mental health of pupils whose behaviour patterns are related to attachment anxiety. It is a parent partnership intervention in which the educational professional facilitates the co-creation of stories between parent/carer and the child. The story metaphor is kept in the animal or fantasy genre to be non-threatening to the parent who […]

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  • Supporting children learning about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    Supporting children learning about the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    When really big news hits the headlines, we cannot fully prevent the children and young people in our care from hearing about what’s happening. As the mother of an eight-year-old, however much I try to turn the news bulletins down on the radio while we’re on the school run, or switch the channel over when […]

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  • The healing power of stories

    The healing power of stories

    Oral storytelling has a powerful impact on us, and has been shown to alleviate pain. There is a physiological and psychological impact. Important clinical implications affirm storytelling as a low-cost and humanized intervention that can improve the well-being of hospitalised children.

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  • The father of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh

    The father of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh

    The zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who died last weekend aged 95 years, was cremated today in Vietnam. On this day we salute the wonderful work he did making the practice of Mindfulness accessible to so many.

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  • Tough term? How to support your mental wellbeing

    Tough term? How to support your mental wellbeing

    Tried and trusted evidence-based ways to make sure that we stay mentally healthy regardless of the challenges thrown at us. 

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  • Spotlight on Dyslexia and Therapeutic Storywriting

    Spotlight on Dyslexia and Therapeutic Storywriting

    Dyslexia affects between 10-15% of people making it the highest incident specific learning difficulty or learning difference (source: British Dyslexia Association). Support for dyslexic children can be thin on the ground leading to frustration all round, for teachers, children and their parents.    

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  • Helping children to move beyond reaction to reflection

    Helping children to move beyond reaction to reflection

    As they write, the participants are thinking about and reflecting upon what their character is experiencing. This can help the child to think more clearly about their own feelings and to draw on a broader range of vocabulary when expressing what is happening in their life.

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  • Supporting the mental wellbeing of children in a world with Covid-19

    Supporting the mental wellbeing of children in a world with Covid-19

    A report published in January this year by the then Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield found that even before the Covid-19 crisis children’s mental health services “were far from meeting the existing level of need.

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  • CTSW update: September 2021

    CTSW update: September 2021

    There are a few places left on the Story Links Parent Partnership course and the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups training.  Both interventions have an extensive evidence-base that shows they support both emotional wellbeing and academic literacy. Read our latest blog focuses on Story Links and gives a good overview of the intervention. You can also keep up to […]

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  • Story Links: How working with parents is key to effectiveness

    Story Links: How working with parents is key to effectiveness

    For children who are struggling to make sense of the emotional anxieties they are experiencing, life can be incredibly confusing and bewildering. In order to help, we often need an approach that will support emotional and social wellbeing as well as developing the relationship between home and school, and between child and parent. Parent-partnership Story […]

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  • Therapeutic Storywriting on SENDcast

    Therapeutic Storywriting on SENDcast

    The SENDcast podcast has long been a favourite source of up-to-the-minute thought leadership in the SEND field. Dr Trisha was delighted to be recently interviewed by host Dale Pickles about the origins of Therapeutic Storywriting and its benefits to pupils who are distracted by their inner emotional landscape. Listen now: Therapeutic Story Writing with Dr […]

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  • CTSW update July 2021

    CTSW update July 2021

    Thinking of interventions for next term to support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing literacy skills? Research shows that our Therapeutic Storywriting Groups and Story Links (parent partnership) interventions meet both these targets. Please find details of our upcoming courses below. We are also now active  on LinkedIn where we’ll be promoting concepts, courses and training opportunities.  VIRTUAL […]

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  • Use of Mindfulness to support emotional literacy

    Use of Mindfulness to support emotional literacy

    Learning happens in the present moment Mindfulness is a mind-body based approach that aims to be bring people into awareness of the present moment. It is useful to remember that learning can only really happen when we are in the present moment – and the same applies to children. Many of the pupils I work with […]

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  • CTSW Update June 2021

    CTSW Update June 2021

    We’re increasing our presence on social media channels and would like to ask for your support in helping to promote the work of the Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting.  We hope that SEN professionals will connect with us on LinkedIn, where we’ll be promoting concepts, courses and training opportunities. Facebook will be the place where we promote our work […]

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  • Post-pandemic: time to bring Psychological Mindedness into schools

    Post-pandemic: time to bring Psychological Mindedness into schools

    In delivering professional development to teachers working with vulnerable pupils it is clear that post Covid pandemic that there are even more pupils in need of emotional support in our schools than before. Teachers are reporting how some pupils are finding it difficult to settle back in the classroom and some are anxious to be […]

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  • CTSW Update, May 2021

    CTSW Update, May 2021

    Research shows that Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions  support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing their academic skills.  Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links intervention focuses on pupils’ reading skills. Both are proven to support emotional and social well-being.The trainings are practice-based and professionals are expected to start the intervention […]

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  • CTSW Update, April 2021

    CTSW Update, April 2021

    Virtual Training in Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links Are you looking to support pupils’ emotional wellbeing while also developing their academic skills? Our Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions have an extensive  research base that shows they achieve both these targets. Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links intervention focuses on pupils’ reading […]

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  • CTSW Update, February 2021

    CTSW Update, February 2021

    Many pupils returning to school will be in need of support with both their emotional wellbeing and academic skills. Our Therapeutic Storywriting and Story Links interventions have an extensive research base that shows they achieve both these targets. Therapeutic Storywriting groups develop writing skills while the parent-partnership Story Links intervention develops pupils’ reading skills. Both support emotional […]

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  • CTSW Update, December 2020

    CTSW Update, December 2020

    I hope your term is going well despite everything.  Just to let you know there are a few places left on the Story Links course that starts in January ’21 and the Therapeutic Storywriting Groups training in April ’21. Both trainings are practise-based and designed to provide emotional support for pupils while also developing their […]

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  • CTSW Update, July 2020

    CTSW Update, July 2020

    As pupils return to school, the need for emotional support within the learning environment will be needed more than ever. Therapeutic Storywriting Groups and Story Links are evidence-based 10-week interventions that can easily be delivered in a socially distanced and Covid-safe manner in school. Our virtual training makes the interventions, which are used in over […]

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  • Therapeutic Storywriting  Supports Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing

    Therapeutic Storywriting Supports Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing

    What if we could develop the confidence in children and young people to talk about, and understand, any troubling emotions that are holding them back? Therapeutic Storywriting aims to do just that and schools in more than 23 Local Authorities in the UK are using the programme with great success. Therapeutic Storywriting  works with the […]

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  • Attachment Behaviour and Learning

    Attachment Behaviour and Learning

    The contribution that an understanding of attachment theory can make to schools and learning outcomes is considerable.  There are links between attachment, behaviour and learning. Behind every child who misbehaves and underperforms in school there is a story, and the story is acted out in the classroom. While it is the pupil’s behaviour that will […]

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  • Primary-age children who self-harm

    Primary-age children who self-harm

    Primary schools are increasingly encountering self-harm amongst pupils who cannot explain why they are doing it, leaving teachers struggling to know what to do.  It is an expression of feeling. Self-harm tends to be associated with teenagers and schools are more likely to be able to confidently respond to this behaviour.  Unlike adolescents younger children […]

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  • BBC coverage of Therapeutic Storywriting

    BBC coverage of Therapeutic Storywriting

    The Centre for Therapeutic Storywriting worked with Young Minds on a project that awarded funding to four schools in the UK to take part in a programme of therapeutic teaching which uses story writing to explore feelings. The BBC reported on the project at Worle Community School in Somerset. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/21829980

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