Posts tagged Social Psychology
Children's Understanding of Depression Research Summary - Association for Child and Adolescent Health

A summary of new research conducted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Health which looks at children’s understanding of depression, based on their study of fictional texts. Children aged between 8 and 12 took part in the research. Researchers found that children tended to anticipate negative outcomes if the character's depression had not been treated. 1/3 of the children who took part in the research expected that there would be a deterioration in the fictional child's emotional state and children aged 11 and 12 years were naturally more sophisticated in their thinking about depression.

The research highlights the need for preventative school-based interventions in primary school that address the misconceptions that children have towards mental health, in particular anxiety and depression.

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Counselling in Schools: A Blueprint for the Future

A document put together by the Department for Education looking at the counselling services best practice in schools. This advice is non- statutory, and has been produced to help school leaders set up and improve counselling services in primary and secondary schools. It provides practical, evidence-based advice informed by experts on how to ensure school based counselling services achieve the best outcomes for children and young people.

It also sets out the Government’s expectation that over time we would expect to see all schools providing access to counselling services. It is equally relevant for schools with counselling services and those that currently have no access to them. It reflects views of children and young people on counselling, as well as those of schools. It recognises that effective counselling is part of a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

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The Repair of Early Trauma: A "Bottom Up" Approach

An interesting article written by Dr Shoshanah Lyons, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Beacon House, a specialist mental health and trauma team based in Sussex looking at the impact experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have on a young person and adult’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The author talks about the “Neuro-Sequential Model of Therapeutics” which aims to reduce the impact of trauma through recovering and repairing each part of a child’s brain.

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NSPCC World Book Day Booklist 2019

A comprehensive booklist for secondary school teachers to explore for World Book Day, which takes place on the 7th March. Book recommendations include “Don’t worry, be happy: a child’s guide to overcoming anxiety” by Poppy O’ Neil and “Ethical research with children: untold narratives and taboos” by Sarah Richards.

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Why Art Therapy Works: Psychology Today Article

An interesting Psychology Today article by Cathy Malchiodi looking at a 2015 study by Haeyan, van Hooren and Hutchermaekers which explored the therapeutic benefits of adults taking part in art activities. Individuals who took part in their study felt that “through expression of their experiences in art, identity and self-image were strengthened” and they found a way of modulating emotional responses.

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