OBRC can provide a variety of groups for pupils in school. These are often run in lunchtimes but there is flexibility to fit with what would work for your school. They are usually in 5 week blocks, which can be either run as a “drop in” or a structured 5 week group. They are run by counsellors.
This group is for Year 10 and 11 pupils. The focus is on strategies to stay focused in the lead up to exams. Young people are able to “catch” and change any unhelpful thoughts round revision and/or exams. Mindfulness and calming techniques are demonstrated and practised.
Many young people experience loss, either through a death or change in circumstances. Some young people need extra support to help them navigate the process of accepting change. The group is often needed in Years 7-9 The group members are encouraged to support each other. Memory boxes can be made within the group, and the experience of grief can be demystified and normalised for the young people.
Many young people struggle with self esteem and friendships. This can often impact on their experience of school, and cause extra issues that busy school staff have to deal with. It has been shown that for a teenager, social rejection has a significant effect on their brain. For teenagers the feelings attached to issues with friends can feel overwhelming. Within the group there are opportunities for young people to improve their self esteem and a chance to look at healthy and unhealthy friendships.
Some young people struggle with how they express their anger. This group is less “anger management” and more a change to work out how to manage themselves better so they don’t get as frustrated.