In this section:
Working with parents
The work of MHST follows the information from the book ‘Helping Your Child With Fears and Worries’ and aims to teach parents cognitive behavioural strategies to use with their child to overcome difficulties with anxiety.
Time is spent on reflecting on what works best for the family, and guiding parents in adapting strategies to meet their child’s individual needs, as well as providing opportunity for practice.
Why with parents?
Parents are the experts when it comes to their children. They will have a better understanding of their child’s responses and what will encourage and motivate them to try different things.
Parents often play an essential role in setting the pace and timings of when strategies can be implemented at home.
Parents are often the ones that are present during the struggles and challenges their child is facing and can support their child both in between sessions and well beyond the end of the service’s involvement.
SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
Direct work with children and young people
MHST work with children and young people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. They use cognitive behaviour therapy informed interventions to make changes in the way young people think and behave, improving their outlook on life.
They can help young people who avoid situations, or worry frequently due to their anxiety. They also work with young people who feel low, and may have decreased motivation to do things, or experience negative thoughts.
What to look out for
- Specific phobias or fears
- Lots of ‘what if’ worries – expecting bad things to happen
- Avoiding being away from their parents
- Obsessive and compulsive behaviours
- Physical symptoms of anxiety
- Avoiding feared situations
- Avoiding parties/sleepovers
- Reduced engagement in hobbies
- Isolating more
- Easily irritated
- Difficulties with concentration
- Poor appetite/sleep
- Speaking negatively of themselves