Emotional Health and Well-being If you wish to discuss any matters relating to emotional health please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SEND Team or your child’s Head of Year. At Coopers School we understand that there may be times when students need some support in managing new and often difficult situations. If your son or daughter is experiencing a specific medical condition, please contact the Mrs Sue Morrison or your son’s Head of Year in the first instance. This will ensure an appropriate care plan can be created in line with you his/her needs. Emotional health and well-being is taken seriously at Coopers School.

Counselling at Coopers

What is Counselling? Our Counselling service is supplied by therapists from Bromley Y who offer a skilled way of helping students to find ways to manage their challenges.  The aim is to empower them to live in a more resourceful way by giving them a safe and confidential place to offload their thoughts and feelings without being judged.  It is a therapeutic process which assists a student to focus on their particular concerns whilst also addressing and exploring specific problems, making choices, working through feelings of conflict and improving relationships with others.  It enables students to gain a better understanding of themselves and situations as well as developing strategies to manage change. Counselling is not…. Telling young people what to do.  It is a process built on trust which enables them to find their own strengths and abilities which will enable them to reach their goals and make choices, whatever they might be. Will it help? Counselling does not suit everyone, but for those who are sad, lonely, confused, angry or wanting to make changes in their lives, it may be a helpful form of support.  It is always the young person’s choice whether they wish to attend.  They will be encouraged but not be forced to do so, and if they feel it will not be useful to them, their decision will be respected. Is it confidential? YES – with an important exception.  What has been discussed remains confidential unless the young person gives their permission to tell someone else.  If, however it is felt that the young person is in danger of harming themselves or others, then there is a duty of care to escalate the matter appropriately, but the young person will be spoken to first to make them aware of what will happen and will be involved throughout. How does an appointment get made? Students are usually referred by a member of staff in conjunction with the parent or carer. Do parents / guardians get feedback? Not necessarily.  The young person’s confidentiality will be respected, but they are encouraged to discuss their issues with their parents / guardians. How long will counselling be for? This will largely depend upon the young person’s needs. They are usually offered 6 sessions, but this is reviewed regularly to check progress.  Some may feel that just 2-3 sessions are enough to start to make positive changes, whereas others may need longer term support.  Usually the sessions are weekly, but again depending on their needs, this can be fortnightly or as and when required. Sometimes students will be referred to outside agencies such as CAMHS if longer term or more specialist work is required. What issues are explored in Counselling? Typical examples include: Anger                                                            Anxiety                                                          Bereavement                                               Bullying                                                        Communication difficulties                       Depression and low moods                      Eating disorders                                          Emotional / physical abuse                      Low self esteem Post-traumatic stress Relationship / family breakdown Self-harming Self-image issues  Sexual and sexuality issues Stress Substance abuse by self or others Youth Agencies for Emotional Support Childline https://www.childline.org.uk 0800 11 11 FRANK –information and confidential advice regarding drugs www.talktofrank.com 0300 123 6600 Al-anon – support for relatives and friends of alcoholics www.al-anonuk.org.uk 0207 403 0888 Alateen – support for children of alcoholic parents (ages 12-17) 0207 593 2070 (part of Al-anon) Bromley Changes – drug and alcohol support for under 18s http://www.changegrowlive.org 0208 313 1107 Bromley Community Wellbeing – face to face and on line self-help http://www.bromleywellbeingcyp.org 0203 770 8848 Bromley Children Project – one to one and group support for families including courses and workshops 0208 461 7259 St. Christopher’s Candle Project – for bereaved children and their families www.stchristophers.org.uk 0208 768 4500 NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) www.nacoa.org.uk 0800 358 3456 Samaritans 9b Station Road, Orpington 016898 33000 SNAP – LBGTQ Youth Group and mental and sexual wellbeing www.metrocentreonline Winston’s Wish –for bereaved children and their families www.winstonswish.org.uk 08452 03 04 05
Emotional Health and Well- being If you wish to discuss any matters relating to emotional health please do not hesitate to contact a member of the SEND Team or your child’s Head of Year. At Coopers School we understand that there may be times when students need some support in managing new and often difficult situations. If your son or daughter is experiencing a specific medical condition, please contact the Mrs Sue Morrison or your son’s Head of Year in the first instance. This will ensure an appropriate care plan can be created in line with you his/her needs. Emotional health and well-being is taken seriously at Coopers School.

Counselling at Coopers

What is Counselling? Our Counselling service is supplied by therapists from Bromley Y who offer a skilled way of helping students to find ways to manage their challenges.  The aim is to empower them to live in a more resourceful way by giving them a safe and confidential place to offload their thoughts and feelings without being judged.  It is a therapeutic process which assists a student to focus on their particular concerns whilst also addressing and exploring specific problems, making choices, working through feelings of conflict and improving relationships with others.  It enables students to gain a better understanding of themselves and situations as well as developing strategies to manage change. Counselling is not…. Telling young people what to do.  It is a process built on trust which enables them to find their own strengths and abilities which will enable them to reach their goals and make choices, whatever they might be. Will it help? Counselling does not suit everyone, but for those who are sad, lonely, confused, angry or wanting to make changes in their lives, it may be a helpful form of support.  It is always the young person’s choice whether they wish to attend.  They will be encouraged but not be forced to do so, and if they feel it will not be useful to them, their decision will be respected. Is it confidential? YES – with an important exception.  What has been discussed remains confidential unless the young person gives their permission to tell someone else.  If, however it is felt that the young person is in danger of harming themselves or others, then there is a duty of care to escalate the matter appropriately, but the young person will be spoken to first to make them aware of what will happen and will be involved throughout. How does an appointment get made? Students are usually referred by a member of staff in conjunction with the parent or carer. Do parents / guardians get feedback? Not necessarily.  The young person’s confidentiality will be respected, but they are encouraged to discuss their issues with their parents / guardians. How long will counselling be for? This will largely depend upon the young person’s needs. They are usually offered 6 sessions, but this is reviewed regularly to check progress.  Some may feel that just 2-3 sessions are enough to start to make positive changes, whereas others may need longer term support.  Usually the sessions are weekly, but again depending on their needs, this can be fortnightly or as and when required. Sometimes students will be referred to outside agencies such as CAMHS if longer term or more specialist work is required. What issues are explored in Counselling? Typical examples include: Anger                                                            Anxiety                                                          Bereavement                                               Bullying                                                        Communication difficulties                       Depression and low moods                      Eating disorders                                          Emotional / physical abuse                      Low self esteem Post-traumatic stress Relationship / family breakdown Self-harming Self-image issues  Sexual and sexuality issues Stress Substance abuse by self or others Youth Agencies for Emotional Support Childline https://www.childline.org.uk 0800 11 11 FRANK –information and confidential advice regarding drugs www.talktofrank.com 0300 123 6600 Al-anon – support for relatives and friends of alcoholics www.al-anonuk.org.uk 0207 403 0888 Alateen – support for children of alcoholic parents (ages 12-17) 0207 593 2070 (part of Al-anon) Bromley Changes – drug and alcohol support for under 18s http://www.changegrowlive.org 0208 313 1107 Bromley Community Wellbeing – face to face and on line self-help http://www.bromleywellbeingcyp.org 0203 770 8848 Bromley Children Project – one to one and group support for families including courses and workshops 0208 461 7259 St. Christopher’s Candle Project – for bereaved children and their families www.stchristophers.org.uk 0208 768 4500 NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) www.nacoa.org.uk 0800 358 3456 Samaritans 9b Station Road, Orpington 016898 33000 SNAP – LBGTQ Youth Group and mental and sexual wellbeing www.metrocentreonline Winston’s Wish –for bereaved children and their families www.winstonswish.org.uk 08452 03 04 05
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