Willow Therapy Farm - Nature Based Conscious Living and Emotion Education Centre
Child Emotion Regulation Therapy 
and Emotion Education Programmes

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 that increases Emotion Resilience. The Therapy is sensory based, teaching children how to body scan and reduce the sensations of non productive emotion reactions. Reducing the intensity of the body's internal reaction to a thought or emotion, lessens the intensity of the Emotion reaction. Practical Emotion Regulation strategies are taught as well as strategies to lessen non productive thoughts.
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. Therapy horses, dogs and nature assist to engage the Child through the therapeutic process.

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 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, 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.

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

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 provides a range of Therapeutic Picture books and Audio Programmes aimed at enabling Children to enter a 'Learning Ready' state of being. Contact Debbie for further information.

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