We offer complementary services (see below) and are continuing to build on this in order to provide a truly holistic range of supports for local children & families. We are working towards securing funding to expand the scope of service provision to the community in 2023-24, including specific projects focusing on promoting positive mental health.
Art psychotherapy is a tool art psychotherapists use to help children interpret, express, and resolve their emotions and thoughts. Children work with the Art psychotherapist to explore their emotions, understand conflicts or feelings that are causing them distress, and use art to help them find resolutions to those issues.
Systemic Family Psychotherapy
Systemic Family Psychotherapy is best known as ‘Family Therapy’. Family Therapy recognises that life can be difficult and stressful at times. It can be helpful to have a safe, confidential place, outside of your home, to talk. It is interested in a family’s strengths and in finding helpful ways of resolving life’s difficulties. It identifies family patterns that contribute to behaviours and helps break those habits by problem solving to improve family relationships.
For children, aged 7-12 years living with parental separation & bereavement. It is a peer support group over 9 weeks and facilitated by two adults. Rainbows is not a counselling service and staff do not provide written reports or feedback to parents (it’s a child’s confidential space). Dóchas will be commencing Rainbows in 2023.
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Non-Violent Resistance (NVR)
This is a peer support workshop over a minimum of six weeks, working with parents who experience aggressive or violent behaviour from their child. This discussion based activity helps parents learn the skills needed to be a positive ‘influencer’ in their child’s life. NVR is made up of a number of sessions and provides opportunities to meet other parents and work through the various stages of tackling the violence or aggression by de-escalating situations in the home; the team also work with parents on a individual basis. The Case Work Team and Director have received full training in NVR methodology.
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Have a look at research and other services working in the area.