Support Services Overview:
Elements specialise in providing bespoke Social & Emotional Mental Health Support programmes to children and young people who may be struggling to regulate their emotions. We offer one to one or group support within a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Valuable strategies are provided to parents and teachers so they can better communicate with the child or young person.
Evaluation following engagement:
As an overview / guide to our process following support engagement would be:
Week 1: The Elements evaluation form is completed by the child, parent & teacher, then we can form a detailed picture of where things are currently at.
Week 12: We complete another evaluation form to measure any outcomes.
During the support process, we will operate as a youth mental health first aider as well as a trained person-centred counsellor. This enables us to spot the early signs of any mental health problems as well as using person-centred theory.
The children & young people will receive their own elements Journal where they can write or draw any thoughts or feelings they may have during the week.
Please note that Elements Support only facilitate half or full days:
08:30 – 12:30
08:30 – 16:00
Why is it important to support children & young people with social & emotional mental health therapy?
When children & young people feel their emotional well-being is being prioritised, they are far more likely to feel better about themselves, engage positively in learning, and reach their full potential. Elements SEMH support offers multiple creative ways of supporting children & young people, thus adding value to their mental health and well-being.
How do elements support children & young people with SEMH?
Elements is a child-centred service, meaning we holistically support the child and meet them where they are at without any expectations or judgments. The elements programme supports the child by assessing the four elements of well-being: physical health, mental health, social skills and environmental health. It’s about being creative and not becoming too attached to the outcome. We include the following activities: Chess chat, the “I” statement, self-awareness through self-reflection and scenario-based exercises.
What are the benefits of elements supporting children & young people with SEMH?
There are huge benefits for children receiving elements SEMH support, including the following:
- Children & young people can identify for themselves where improvements are needed in a safe, friendly environment.
- Children will learn about social cues and how to communicate more effectively to have their voices heard.
- Staff will begin to see the subtle changes in behaviour which is reflective of their emotional well-being.
- Both children, staff and parents often feel that bit more connected than they did before, which is what elements is all about, “staying connected”
What is Drawing & Talking therapy and how does it support children & young people?
Drawing and Talking is a therapeutic model, used to aid children’s communicational skills, and help them with underlying emotional difficulties that may be affecting their learning, behaviour, self-esteem, and relationships. The core of this pro-active intervention is encouraging children and young people to draw with a person, with whom they feel comfortable with at the same time each week. Over time, a symbolic resolution is found to old conflicts, old trauma is healed, and the child is more able to sustain good social relationships and better able to access learning.
What are the benefits of drawing & talking therapy?
Often children have not yet learnt the vocabulary skills to effectively communicate what they are thinking and how they are feeling. Therefore, by using drawing as a medium to talking, it allows the child to relax, stay calm and communicate any thoughts and feelings through the pencil onto paper.
Research has shown that traumatic memories are stored in parts of the brain not directly reached by talking on its own. When the brain is overloaded it overflows and the distress gets stored in other parts of the brain and body. Drawing allows the deeper part of the brain to be involved, especially the right-hand side of the brain where powerful emotional memories are stored visually. These are called engrams and can be thought of as being like photographs or short film clips.
Drawing & talking is highly beneficial for the following types of children:
- A child who has experienced trauma, loss, or bereavement.
- A child who lives in care.
- A child who presents as irritable or has a conduct disorder such as ADHD.
- A child who struggles to talk openly about their thoughts & feelings.
Elements Mentoring Programme: “Elementors”
Our mentoring service is designed to offer support to children and young people who may be suffering with emotional difficulties. We have a small team of dedicated indiduals, led by Elements founder: “Steven Russell”.
Providing a view point from a “Lived Experience”
Growing up in the care system has enabled Elements founder “Steven Russell” to become an effective communicator with children living in care.
Steven’s lived experience has enable him to connect and inspire hundreds of children to become more optimistic about their lives despite their circumstances of being a child in care.
How can I support children living in care with adverse childhood experiences?
Steven’s entire childhood was filled with emotional pain and uncertainty therefore, building relationships with children in care is a natural process for him.
Steven has had a lot of success mentoring boy’s, specifically young males who are struggling to regulate their emotions, or lack the presence of a positive male role model in their lives.
Steven’s approach enables a bond to be created with the child / young person. By drawing on his experiences of care, Steven is able to demonstrate to them, that it is possible to achieve in life, despite experiencing setbacks and rejection.
Elementors are able to attend PEP and CIC review meetings and report on outcomes and recommendations.
How are Elements qualified to support children living in care?
Steven has over 12 years’ experience supporting vulnerable children & young people living in residential care. Children who had suffered neglect / abuse / trauma and rejection or who may have been deemed at risk from CSE or Significant self-harm.
- A Level 5 diploma in leadership & management for children’s and young people’s services
- Level’s 1,2 & 3 in person-centred counselling studies recognised by the CPCAB.
- Youth mental health first aid, spotting the early signs of mental health problems.
- Drawing & Talking therapy for children with PTSD, bereavement, or struggle to communicate.
Workshops for Professionals:
The “Drip By Drip, Day By Day” Event!
Who is the service for?
Any practitioner who support children and young people in any capacity, i.e., foster care, school/college, local authority, residential care, private sector.
What’s it all about?
This workshop is about taking attendees on an inspirational journey, that will not only create new ways of thinking, but also new ways of feeling towards the children and young people they support.
Drip By Drip Day By Day essentially means, if we practice patience, exercise empathy, and learn to become more creative within ourselves and, the children and young people we support, then we can begin to form stronger connections that will make a real difference. For a lot of the children and young people we support, they often feel as though the world is a cold place to survive in, and so they develop ice. If we as caring and compassionate people have enough empathy, patience, optimism, and essentially love, for our children and young people, then we can radiate warmth to melt the ice away, Drip By Drip Day By Day.
To get the most out of the workshop, we would recommend booking the day long event (7hrs) as it is packed with interactive activities. We can however, tailor a shorter, bespoke presentation that will suit your needs e.g: 1hr/ 3hrs.
Full day Start time 09:30 Finish time 15:30
Included in this training package is a “Reflection/process session” which will follow the training session via Teams. This session enables practitioners to reflect and discuss how they have processed the learning material, and how they have implemented changes in their practice.
Virtual well-being assemblies / workshops
“Creativity is the birthplace of expression”
How do virtual well-being sessions promote the welfare of children & young people?
In an ever-changing world where we strongly depend on virtual constructs to communicate with each other. Virtual assemblies & workshops are a great way to deliver key messages to children and staff around multiple topics in key areas such as resilience, diversity & equality and self-care.
What sort of well-being sessions do Elements Support deliver?
Elements can deliver a wide variety of well-being sessions to meet the need, sessions can also be tailor made if there were a specific area of interest.
- “Let’s talk about Diversity and Equality”
- “Get Perspective”
- “The Drama Triangle”
- “The life of a bully”
- “Steven’s chaotic adventure” – #pain2purpose
- “Year 6 transition to high school programmes”
- “Social & communicational skills”
- And many more
What are the main benefits of using these virtual well-being sessions?
- Children & young people can become inspired with an optimistic outlook on life.
- Improved social & communicational skills.
- The Drama triangle helps children & young people understand relationships better.
- A better understanding of diversity and equality and why they are important.
- Learning how pain is related to bullying and why bullies bully.
- Year 6 children can better mentally prepare for the big jump to high school.
- Children & young people notice a difference in their self-esteem and self-belief.
Why is it important to support children & young people with bereavement?
The loss and death of a loved one is a traumatic and incredibly difficult time for everyone concerned. Children have not developed the same conceptual skills as adults and may not easily verbalise their feelings: they show distress through their behaviour. How children understand and react to death will therefore vary according to their age and development level. Reassurance, compassion and creating a nurturing environment for the child is so important during this time.
How does elements support children & young people with Bereavement?
Elements can offer an 8 – 12-week support programme that has been designed to accommodate nonverbal exercises such as the memory Jar and draw & talk. Sessions are designed to be creative and thoughtful with a strong emphasis on keeping memories alive. As a trained person cantered counsellor, Steven can offer children the core conditions of empathy, congruence, and an unconditional positive regard.
Activities include the following:
- The memory salt jar
- Draw & talk therapy
- The three-plant pot’s
- My memory box
- The happy balloon
What are the benefits for children receiving bereavement support?
- Bereavement support provides an opportunity for children to express their emotions in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
- Children can keep memory boxes and keep sakes they make within sessions.
- Bereavement support helps children find closure through acceptance.
- Children learn to build coping skills and resilience throughout their trauma.
- Children feel empowered, valued, and listened too when receiving bereavement support.