Therapeutic intervention and sessions are a key element to the holistic and pastoral curriculum developed for students. These sessions focus on using art therapy, social skill development and drama therapy to help students explore, understand and positively impact their internal world. Interventions take place through both larger class settings and also on an individual basis.
Drama Therapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Sessions offer a safe 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 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, 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, thus giving each student the opportunity to learn through ‘doing’ and ‘experiencing’.
Individual Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art making as a form of expression and communication. Through the art and the therapeutic relationship, the students are able to explore feelings and worries that may be difficult, confusing and hard to put into words. The Art Therapy provides a healing session of art making and opportunities in terms of communicating difficult and complex feelings and emotions, this is done through the strong and consistent boundaries of the therapy in a safe and non-judgmental space.