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ReBalance Programme from GES Ltd

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ReBalance for Schools

We have redesigned our successful ReBalance Programme into a single, more adaptable programme. Why change something that works? Because we want you to be able to help even more students, with a wider range of mental health issues. Imagine being able to provide early intervention support for your students without waiting for expensive external support. The more students you help, the happier we are!

Training to use the ReBalance Programme is also now available online, to fit in with your busy schedule. You can train using our VLE through a series of training videos and on-line resources. Teachers, SEN Specialists, Pastoral and other support staff can all learn how to use ReBalance effectively. We’d still love to come and meet you in person to train you. But we know how hard you work and that taking time out of the school day to train can be very difficult to get organised... and expensive.

“The parents have asked me to pass on their thanks, especially the parents of our ASD students. They wished they had taken the programme years ago.”

- Specialist Unit

So what is it?

In case you don’t already know, the ReBalance Programme is a simple, successful and cost-effective mental health programme written specifically to be used in your school, by you, to help your students. It uses proven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques and was written by an experienced ex-SENCo who understands the difficulties of supporting mental health in schools. It is now even more adaptable and flexible than ever before and it can make a real difference to your students.

So how does this work in practice? You will have access to a collection of CBT activities and discussion sheets. Each activity is written in two formats – one for secondary students and one for primary students. You will then work through the activity(ies) with the student(s) to change thoughts and behaviours, teaching more effective ways of coping with anxieties or negative behaviours..

Programme Objectives

The ReBalance Programme has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to support the mental well-being of your students. By being able to do this, you will teach students life-long techniques to manage their worries and concerns - resilience in DfE parlance. The ReBalance Programme delivers cost-effective 1st and 2nd wave mental health support in-school. It reduces the need for costly external agency/professional support for students. By changing student negative thought/behaviour patterns, students will be better prepared to learn.

“Being able to provide information to parents on how to support their child is such a valuable extra”

- Independent School

What issues can it help with?

  • exam anxiety
  • poor behaviour
  • low attendance
  • self-harming
  • low self-esteem
  • low mood/depression
  • gaming addiction
  • social anxiety
  • anger management

Because of ReBalance’s flexible design and adaptability, you will be able to identify what help your students need and then deliver it. Not just that either - as users feed back to us about specific issues they are faced with, we will be writing and adding additional activities/resources at no extra cost!

ReBalance Programme Benefits

What does the training cover?

We will show you how the brain works and help you to understand why students think and behave the way that they do. You will also be able to recognise the symptoms of the most common adolescent mental health issues.

You will learn what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is and how effective it is within education . You will also be able to confidently use the ReBalance activities and resources with students to achieve the maximum benefit.

Once you have all this in your toolbox, you will have the knowledge and confidence to develop your own programmes and pathways for individuals and groups in your school.

“For the first time in many years all our students sat their exams in school, saving us well over £3,000.”

- Specialist Centre

What’s different about it?

  • It works.
  • It’s simple.
  • It can be used by teaching OR support staff.
  • It’s been written by a CBT counsellor who spent many years as a school SENCo.
  • It uses proven CBT techniques.
  • It can be tailored for individual student needs.
  • It can be used with groups.
  • Staff receive professional mental health CPD as part of the programme training.

ReBalance in Practice

You can use the programme with both individuals and groups, and you are also able to mix-and-match the activities to create programmes of intervention (we do make suggestions). Activities can be used as quick 5 minute interventions, or as a longer programme. It’s designed to be successful in your individual setting. And remember - before you get started, we’ll make sure you’ve had all the training you need to do this!

How do I know it’s going to work?

The ReBalance Programme is being used nationwide already - by leading independent schools, academy trusts, state schools and specialist units. Their feedback and cooperation has been a significant factor in the continuing development of new activities and resources.

CBT is internationally evidenced and accepted by NICE and DfE as a very effective treatment strategy for children and adolescents, as well as adults.

“It has been so successful we are rolling it out to the whole year group”

- Independent School

How do you get trained?

As we mentioned before, we’d be delighted to come to your school or college and train you in person. One of our excellent trainers will come to your school and train you - over one day or two consecutive after-school inset sessions. It’s usually a lot of fun, and we get excellent feedback. Most importantly, all of our trainees feel enthused and well prepared to start making use of the programme.

Alternatively, Sam the programme author, has recorded the training so that you can train using our VLE. This can be completed over several days, in several sittings, and offers more flexibility for you to train when and where it suits you. And you’ll still get the full, unique ’Sam’ experience too...

For both training methods, there is a short post-training assessment to ensure you’re ready to go.

What else do I get?

The short answer is lots!

You’ll get information sheets for parents and staff on the most common issues - exam anxiety for example. You’ll also get a series of questionnaires to assess for potential mental health issues which can also be used as evaluation tools.

You’ll get a big discount when you need more staff to complete the ReBalance training. .. because we love working with you so much already.

You’ll benefit from the help and advice of your trainers if you find any issues not covered by the existing activities. We’ll update the pool of activities and resources with new ones where there is an identified need, along with updating the existing ones regularly. You’ll have access to them all - whether they’re written for your school or another.

You’ll get e-mail support from our trainers and regular updates and information via the ReBalance newsletter.

“It made us rethink our whole approach to exams which has only been positive for all our students”

- State School

So how much?

For access to the ReBalance Programme resources and activities and full training in how to best utilise the programme, as well as continuing support from our experts and updates to the resources when they become available(1) :-

Face-to-face training where we will come to your school or college and train up to 10 of your staff: £1,450 + VAT

E-training using our VLE for 5 staff: £545 + VAT

For each additional e-Delegate: £50 + VAT

(1) : Subject to EULA terms and conditions.

That’s it! No annual subscriptions, no licence fees, no ongoing costs. You pay, you get trained, and your students reap the benefits.

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Latest Blog:

Why is there no supervision for education staff?

After attending my first Child Protection Meeting as the ‘Education Professional’ I came home and cried for two hours. It was awful. I didn’t know I would be asked to vote at the end as to whether it should be a child protection case or not. I didn’t know people would be sitting there reading out reports about the parent’s incompetence whilst the parents and children are sat there. I didn’t know what a traumatic event it would be for everyone involved.

Fortunately, I had an understanding husband who worked in education. We talked through what had happened (respecting confidentiality of course) and it helped. A lot. But what about those school staff who don’t have an understanding partner? Or who aren’t able to talk about it?

Counsellors, social workers, CAMHS staff all have regular supervision. This is where they speak to a trained professional about cases, their actions, professional development and personal issues. They get chance to offload. School staff do not get this. Why not?

When I look back at the young people I have worked closely with during my career, their issues covered the whole spectrum of childhood traumas – grooming gangs, sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse, revenge porn, psychological abuse to name a few. During this time, I didn’t receive any supervision at all and I know it’s the same for many education staff.

Fridays would come and I’d be emotionally exhausted. Fortunately, I had a good support network and could work through the difficulties but there were lots of tears. This was all combined with managing my own depression.

I don’t want this to sound like a sob story about me because it isn’t. I am extremely lucky and developed good coping strategies. I undertook a counselling qualification and received counselling myself many times. What I want to ask is why isn’t supervision a regular thing in education?

We have to look after education staff – levels of stress and anxiety in staff is regularly reported as rising. Could supervision help with this? I think so. If it’s about the cost then that is short sighted. Staff absence because of work stress will probably cost more than regular supervision. When I train pastoral staff, I recommend they set up their own supervision groups to take time and discuss issues between themselves. This is at least something.

I read an excellent article recently talking about how cuts have led to school staff having to take on more social worker/counsellor roles. This is going to have consequences. If you work in a school think about supervision. Investigate the options you have and the costs. Just please don’t keep doing stiff upper lip until you can cry on a Friday evening.

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