Emotion Regulation Therapy Programmes for Children.

Scientific Research has determined that Child Specific – Emotion Focused CBT and Emotion Regulation Therapy, combined with Emotion Regulation Education is the most effective behavioural restructuring therapy for  Children with Emotional or Behavioural needs.   Debbie has incorporated these findings, and developed an  Emotion Regulation Therapy Programme.
For Children with Heightened Anxiety, the programme identifies disturbed States of Being in key environments, such as school and at home, and  coaches the Child on how to neutralise the disturbances within those environments.  For Children with Low Emotion Regulation, the programme addresses challenging behaviour and perceptions, and increases Emotion Regulation Skills. The effectiveness of the programme is due to the implementation of purpose designed activities  that have been developed over 30 years of Personal Practice.  Debbie generates ‘In the Moment’ Emotion Learning  providing  Children with real life experiences to practice and ‘buy into’ the use of the  Emotion Regulation Tools.  This programme is Solutions Focused , addressing the complex needs of the client, with in-depth Pre and Post Therapy reports and  the development of Client specific – Emotion/Behavioural Management Plans for Whanau and Schools . The programme includes Family Therapy if required. Debbie attends IEP, FGC and HCN meetings if possible, to provide Schools and Professionals with an understanding of the Child’s specific needs and provide a voice for the Child.

Parental Coaching- New Generation Children.
You may have noticed that your Child has a heightened sensitivity to sound, or other stimulus which results in sensory overload. Your Child may have heightened sensitivity to injustice or social cruelty.  New Generation Children are sensitive Beings, affected more so than other children to irritation tonal changes, and subtle nuances that depict frustration. As Parents, it is important to understand that your State of Being affects New Generation Children. 
Parental Coaching provides a mentoring service to assist you to be a more neutral Parent, and teaches how to support and empower your child. This is a Skype Coaching Programme that is held weekly. Contact Debbie for more information.


 Emotion Education Programmes for Schools.

Willow Social and Emotional Learning Programmes for Schools.

In 2011 Debbie developed and facilitated a School Based Emotion I.Q Pilot Programme for vulnerable Primary School Children. Children were selected for the pilot programme based on high Emotional and Behavioural Needs. The programme proved effective in moderating behaviour , increasing Emotion Regulation Skills and increasing the general wellbeing of the participants. Based on the Pilot Programme, Debbie has developed a range of Social and Emotional Learning Programmes for Primary, Intermediate and High Schools.

Debbie facilitates the Social and Emotional Learning Programmes in Auckland and Northland schools as well as facilitating the Willow SEL Programme at Willow Therapy Farm, in Clevedon.

Willow SEL Programme
The Willow SEL Programme is an Early Intervention , Emotion Resilience programme for Schools. The objective of the programme is to improve participants Emotion Regulation skills and peer engagement.
With the assistance of horses, dogs and the natural environment,  participants are taught Emotion Regulation Tools. Support material is supplied to the teacher to assist in implementing the Emotion Regulation strategies within the classroom. 

During the 5 week programme, participants gain a better understanding of their emotional reactions and those of their peers. The strategies taught are designed to diffuse the agitation of the emotion in the early stages of an emotional or behavioural disturbance. Used in the classroom, these tools are an effective means of reducing behavioural incidents and maintaining engagement.

The Willow SEL Programme is available free to schools through SWIS. Please contact your SWIS provider or download the Willow SEL Programme application form.

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Willow Therapy Farm session on Bullying, aided by Therapy Dogs
Willow Therapy Farm's dog team, Mylie, Muffin and Teddy are helping Students understand Bullying States of Being. www.willowtherapyfarm.co.nz


Self Discovery and Self Leadership Programme
for High School Students.

The Willow Therapy Farm, Self Discovery and Self Leadership Programme for Teenagers, incorporates purpose designed activities that bring about experiences to generate Self Discovery and increase Self and Social Responsibility.
Small and large group programmes are available.


School Based Programmes

Debbie develops and facilitates School Based Programmes for Auckland and Northland Schools and is a guest speaker in schools.
Programmes are developed to meet the needs of the individual School and can assist with anything from teacher burnout, to creating a unified culture and providing mindfulness tools to engage children in class.

The current Programmes available, have been pilot studied in schools to ascertain the effectiveness of the programmes.
Big Buddy Programme and Board Game Club
These programmes aim to increase self Esteem, peer engagement skills and unity in the school. Therapy Dogs are used in the introduction of the Big Buddy and Board Game Club programmes. 

Rongomatane Programme
This Class programme is visualisation based, designed to prepare students to engage in class more effectively and bring about a 'learning ready' state of being.

Art Therapy Programme
A one on one, Therapeutic in-School Programme for Children with anxiety. This programme was developed to assist the growing number of Children who are struggling to cope in the Classroom due to anxiety.
For further information regarding these programmes or to discuss how Debbie can develop a programme to meet your school curriculum, please email Debbie on Debbie.Stressless@ihug.co.nz 

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