Therapeutic intervention and sessions are a key element to the holistic and pastoral curriculum developed for students. A therapeutic approach is adopted in all learning and social interactions/activities. Group and individual sessions focus on specific needs of students through art, play, music, drama and equine therapy. Social skills activities enable students to explore, understand and positively impact their internal world and develop self-regulation, emotional literacy and resilience.
Art, Drama, Music and Play therapies all offer students the opportunity to explore feelings, emotions and reactions that they find difficult to express. They also provide an environment to identify personal issues, relationships and to develop strategies and responses to daily challenges and interactions. Sessions offer a safe, non-judgemental and contained space for the students with a focus on creativity and imagination to support the students to express themselves creatively as well as verbally. Examples of this include: creating stories, puppetry, games, masks, role-play, music creation and improvisation.
The sessions are psycho-educational, supporting the students to understand their psychological experiences and to begin to manage them more effectively and independently.
The workshops introduce four key concepts: positive interactions with others, emotional intelligence, appropriate classroom behaviour, handling difficult emotions – specifically frustration and anger and exploring acceptable ways to resolve conflict with others.
The aim of the sessions are to offer students activities and exercises to explore group dynamics and encourage team building whilst working to expand focus and concentration. The sessions are experiential, giving each student the opportunity to learn through ‘doing’ and ‘experiencing’.