Teachers and pupils who suspect that someone is being bullied should always offer to lend a hand, even if it is just to listen. Children may have been broken down by their bully therefore they may be afraid to speak out or they may lack trust in people. They may have a very polarised reaction; lashing out could be the beginning of this but they then may withdraw and refuse to socially interact. What can you do to send the message that you and your school are not tolerant of bullying and unacceptable behaviour? How can you help a child who is being bullied? You can:
- Empathise and share your own experiences
- See a teaching opportunity for all – why people bully
- Show them how to set a good example to others
- Teach them that bullies may be very unhappy too
- Help them show compassion to others
- Teach them ways to talk to a bully
Make intolerance of bullies your selling point as a school. Read on for more information on how to help children combat bullying.
Carl Jung was the first to recognise that the psyche, like the body, can heal itself given a safe healing environment. Another Carl – Carl Rogers added another dimension.
20% of your pupils are likely to have an emotional, behaviour or mental health issue that is preventing them from reaching their full potential at school, at home and in the world.
You will immediately be able identify the ones that cause trouble, disruption and stress but there are also those who are suffering inside.
But most children can’t or don’t want to talk about their problems.
Virginia Axline was the first to develop play as a non-talking non-directive therapy. Oaklander added the creative arts as therapeutic media. Barnes joined the two approaches together.
In Play Therapy UK we’ve developed our Integrative Holistic Model over the last 14 years including special features to make it effective for primary schools. Between 77% and 84% of those receiving play therapy delivered to our standards show a positive change, as observed by teachers and parents. Now with over 20,000 measures, the evidence base is highly reliable.
In 2013 our Register of Play and Creative Arts Therapists was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, the first in the world to be recognised by a government funded agency.
You can experience how play therapy works, the skills required and how we train using mainly experiential exercises, by attending a one-day ‘Introduction to Play Therapy’ course held at 13 convenient venues throughout the UK. Phone: 01825 761143 to book.
More information: www.playtherapy.org.uk
If you would like to have a chat about how play therapy helps schools to achieve their academic objectives as well as supporting pupils’ emotional welfare and the options in more detail please email Monika at: firstname.lastname@example.org