How to Use Evidence- and Strengths-Based Strategies in Practice
Author: Carole Sutton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Category: Social Science
Informed by a wealth of research, this accessible book focuses on a strengths-based approach to promoting children's wellbeing and giving them the best opportunities to succeed. By identifying risk factors and the protective factors which can be used to counter them, this book stresses the importance of preventative measures and early intervention to effectively support parents and their children. It shows that there are many protective factors and practices that parents, teachers and carers can employ to support children's development, promote mental and emotional wellbeing, and reduce the risks of crime and anti-social behaviour. Each section explores the issues associated with specific age groups, from pregnancy to early teens. It identifies areas that should be a key focus for practitioners and services such as promoting attachment and communication, and highlights effective practices such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Bringing together the international evidence-base concerning ways of working with young children and their families, this book offers practical advice for practitioners, managers and commissioners of services across health and social care.
Positive emotional health in a child's earliest years can be a critical factor in their future development. Offering practical suggestions for games, activities and exercises designed to promote emotional wellbeing in young children, this essential guide showcases a wide range of approaches such as mindfulness and meditation, Forest School and Reggio Emilia to provide a hands-on reference for teachers and parents. Drawing on over 25 years' experience as an early years professional, the author explores topics including playfulness, stillness, sensory play, creativity and staff wellbeing. Each topic references current best practices and international examples, and also includes a comprehensive list of further resources and activities. Providing an informative introduction to both theory and practice, this book demonstrates easy-to-implement ideas for any professional or parent engaging with young children.
Throughout the primary years, children acquire knowledge, and form values and attitudes faster and more readily than at any other time in their lives. So providing positive early experiences is crucial. The Right from the Start project acknowledges children?s well-being as paramount, and each contributor to this handbook shares it ideals.Here, teachers, therapists and children talk about topics as diverse as dealing with conflict, learning to focus, creative projects and self-discovery through drama and storytelling. This book is full of ideas, strategies and activities all taken from successful primary practice, that will help children develop intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually, while making school a secure and safe environment.Topics include:?educating the while person ? children?s needs and rights?emotional literacy ? how it can transform schools?the National Well-being Programme for staff in education?the joys of play?partnerships with parents and the wider community?developing a sense of wonder and excitement?creating positive relationships and building self-belief and understanding?enhancing learning ? good nutrition, learning through song and movement.Each chapter is illustrated with direct and honest case studies and includes a helpful guide to resources and further reading. The book also includes advice on appropriate children?s books, materials for teachers, useful contacts, and a summary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child.A valuable source of inspiration for all those involved in the teaching of young children.
This text proposes corrective action to improve the institutional care of African American children and their families, calling attention to the specific needs of this population and the historical, social, and political factors that have shaped its experience within the child welfare system. The authors critique policy and research and suggest culturally targeted program and policy responses for more positive outcomes.
Hypnotherapy Scripts to Promote Children’s Wellbeing is a collection of tried-and-tested scripts that will aid hypnotherapists in developing and implementing treatment plans for promoting the wellbeing of children. The book offers a variety of approaches solely focussed on children (aged 5 to 17 years), including: Ericksonian approaches utilising metaphors and story-telling; solution-focussed approaches; benefits approaches; parts therapy; Gestalt therapy and regression therapy. The scripts are intended to help deal with issues relevant to children such as lack of confidence; low self-esteem or self-worth; negative image; lack of motivation; anxiety (general, social and exam); learning and recalling information; fears; phobias; habits; sleep issues; bullying; abuse; bereavement and loss. Serving as a unique resource of techniques and compiled from the author's years of personal experience, this book is beneficial for students, newly qualified and experienced hypnotherapists alike.
Psychology's contribution to health research and clinical practice continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In this book a global and multidisciplinary selection of outstanding academics and clinicians focus on the psychological well-being and positive health of both children and families in order to 'depathologise' mental disorders.
The Healthy Start For Your Growing Kid is a guide that covers essential health information and practical tips needed to raise a healthy and happy preschooler. Parent-child activity ideas are included to make it easy for your child to understand the key messages of each health topic.
This book offers a wide range of health and social care professionals, the knowledge and strategies to address key issues, enabling and empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to enjoy healthier lives.
Living with a chronic illness can have a significant psychological impact on a child and his or her family, and it is essential that this aspect of their care is not overlooked. This book provides a comprehensive guide to promoting the psychological well-being of children with chronic illnesses and medical conditions, covering support within health, social services and education. It discusses issues such as the impact of diagnosis and the experiences of children and their families in managing their medical condition and treatment. Strategies to support children and help them to cope with medical conditions are demonstrated, including cognitive behavioural and systemic approaches, and techniques such as relaxation and motivational interviewing. Case examples from clinical practice are given to illustrate the application of psychological ideas and frameworks to a variety of medical conditions and psychological difficulties. The book also includes a comprehensive resources section of where to look for further information. This will be an essential book for all professionals working with children with medical conditions, including psychologists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, social workers, speech and language therapists, dieticians and play therapists.
Deals with the promotion of emotional well-being in families, and the prevention of child maltreatment. Values, policies and resources are examined as both facilitators of, and barriers to, effective action.
This comprehensive guide provides overviews of the key psychological processes affecting mental health, such as development, attachment, emotion regulation and attention, and draws out the implications for preventive measures and promotion of emotional well-being. The authors, from a range of professional disciplines, emphasise the importance of early intervention and prevention, exploring in particular how initiatives in parenting and education can promote children's emotional well-being. The topics they cover include: * the prevention and management of addiction and eating disorders * the development of culturally sensitive services for ethnic minority children and families * the impact of parenting programmes and the life skills education programmes in schools * ways of meeting the mental health needs of children who are socially excluded, homeless or in local authority care. Providing examples of a broad range of projects and initiatives in Britain and other European countries, this handbook will be an invaluable resource for all professionals working in child and adolescent mental health.
Marriages across ethnic borders are increasing in frequency, yet little is known of how discourses of 'normal' families, ethnicity, race, migration, globalisation affect couples and children involved in these mixed marriages. This book explores mixed marriage though intimate stories drawn from the real lives of visibly different couples.
The period from birth to twelve years is crucial in a child's development and can significantly impact future educational success, resilience and participation in society. Health and Wellbeing in Childhood, 2nd edition provides readers with a comprehensive foundation in health and wellbeing education across key priority areas, covering physical, social and emotional learning and development. This edition has been thoroughly updated to include the latest research and resources and incorporates expanded material on diversity, mental health and contemplative practice. Learning is supported through a suite of features including key terms, case studies, links to curriculum documentation, reflective activities and end-of-chapter questions. A new instructor companion website features a curated suite of reading materials, extension questions and sample responses. Written by an expert author team comprised of leading academics and practitioners, Health and Wellbeing in Childhood equips readers with the knowledge and skills to promote and implement effective practice in the field.
Through parenting, adults raise their children and introduce them into the belonging community. Parents are active determinants of their children’s well-being, but children themselves are too. The volume focuses on some relevant theoretical issues related to children’s and adolescent adjustments, adult maternal and paternal behaviors, and their self-efficacy beliefs and competence interacting with children’s characteristics. The volume also presents evidence-based treatments involving parents as key components of the intervention strategies for childhood internalizing/externalizing disorders. Parent behaviors produce changes and consequences in the child’s emotive-behavioral adjustment; thus, a modification of the parenting style may be an effective way to help children and to ameliorate the family climate. Practitioners interested in parenting will find in the updated studies here reviewed new suggestions for preventive family interventions.
This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. Since the first edition of this book was published, there has been considerable change across public health, health visiting and community nursing. The positive emphasis on developing and describing all services in relation to their purpose and client/user group is reflected in this second, emphasizing multi-disciplinarity and service focus rather than individual professions, whilst retaining the essential emphasis on policy and practice. Familiar occupational titles, such as health visitor, community development worker, midwife or nurse are still used within the chapters, recognizing the continued division of labour and major contributions to public health made by specific grass roots occupations. This second edition has been completely reorganised, expanded and updated to keep up with the rapid progress across the field of community public health. ‘Key issues' boxes identify major topics within each chapter Discussion questions stimulate debate Boxes present information in a reader friendly, memorable format Each chapter provides extensive research, conceptual critique, information about sources, and resources for further information. Seven totally new chapters on Partnership Working; Parenting and Family Support; Complex Community-based Initiatives; Leadership through Alongsideness; Quality in a Public Health Service and Immunization Four chapters completely rewritten: Health Needs Assessments; Collaborating for Health; Breastfeeding and Public Health; Safeguarding Children All remaining chapters have been substantially updated.
The most rapid and significant phase of development occurs in the first three years of a child’s life. The Supporting Children from Birth to Three series focuses on the care and support of the youngest children. Each book takes a key aspect of working with this age group and gives clear and detailed explanations of relevant theories together with practical examples to show how such theories translate into good working practice. Children’s personal, social and emotional wellbeing has a huge impact on their overall development. Drawing on recent research, this book looks at what wellbeing means for the under threes in the light of key aspects of UK and international social policy and practically demonstrates how practitioners can support children in this area. Focusing on the home-setting partnership with parents, work attitudes, adult and child interaction and quality learning environment, the book explores the holistic role that adults play in supporting children’s individual personal, social and emotional needs. Features include: clear explanation of relevant theories case studies and examples of good practice focus points for readers questions for reflective practice Providing a wealth of practical ideas and activities, this handy text encourages explores all aspects of babies and toddlers’ wellbeing to help practitioners ensure effective outcomes for the youngest children in their care.
12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness
Author: Jenny Hulme
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
As rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders are on the up among young people, how can schools provide appropriate information and support for the young people in their classrooms? How can they bridge the gap between what they know matters - the impact of these issues on learning and life-long health - and the mounting day-to-day priorities and pressures of school life? This book provides unique insight into 12 projects that are helping to answer these questions and supporting teachers to make mental health and emotional wellbeing a key player in the school day. With a mix of longer-term initiatives and simple strategies that schools can put in place immediately, it explores mentoring and mindfulness, social action and sport, Lego play and poetry, the power of parents and the role of PSHE. It describes how these projects work practically and shares the impact they are having, increasing resilience and raising the aspirations and emotional wellbeing of the whole school community. As well as showcasing ideas that are making a difference, the book meets with the education leaders and charities behind the initiatives (including Place2Be, Step up to Serve, Kidscape, Mosaic, Diversity Role Models, Beat, Achievement for All and others) who offer advice and signpost useful information to support readers in getting these ideas off the ground in their schools. This book is a source of inspiration for headteachers, senior leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors and psychologists.