We have been very fortunate to be offered training and support from an Educational Psychologist for a pilot scheme titled 'Emotion Coaching.'
What is Emotion Coaching?
Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children's outcomes and resilience.
Through recent research it has been shown that Emotion Coached children and young people:
- Achieve more academically in school
- Are more popular
- Have fewer behavioural problems
- Have fewer infectious illnesses
- Are more emotionally stable
- Are more resilient
Emotion Coaching uses moments of heightened emotion and resulting behaviour to guide and teach the child and young person about more effective responses. Through empathetic engagement, the child's emotional state is verbally acknowledged and validated, promoting a sense of security and feeling 'felt'. This activates changes in the child's neurological system and allows the child to calm down, physiologically and psychologically.
Throughout this academic year the training is going to be offered to all staff to enable them to consider how they approach and deal with the behaviours of individuals. The training will be delivered by Clare Anderson, an Educational Psychologist working for Dorset County Council. She has worked for over 10 years with children with attachment difficulties, Looked after and adopted children and in residential care homes.
If you wish to find out any more about Emotion Coaching do please look on their website www.emotioncoachinguk.com.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to speak to your Child’s class teacher.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Leader