- 24 sessions run for all parents and carers on two separate themes
- 32 therapeutic group sessions were run serving 50 children experiencing difficulties
- 150 individual therapy sessions were run for children, adolescents, and adults suffering from a variety of mental health problems.
The SKIP psychology programme follows a public health model, which increases the number of individuals who are able to access mental health resources. Through this model interventions are provided at three different levels:
- Primary/ universal interventions are intended to prevent problems before they arise, and increase the social and emotional well-being of all families
- Secondary interventions are targeted at families with identified problems, in order to alleviate distress and prevent the escalation of the problem.
- Tertiary interventions are for individuals and families in crisis, and are conducted to treat psychological issues that have already developed.
At the primary intervention level we create and carry out workshops for all mothers enrolled in the program on child development and behaviour management. These workshops review basic cognitive, social and moral development milestones for children aged three to 18 years, and provide discipline strategies to use at different developmental time points. Follow-up workshops are provided to work more closely with parents to help them develop discipline plans for their own families and practice behaviour management skills with their children in real-time, so that they can receive feedback on their use of these skills.
At the secondary intervention level we carry out support groups for primary school children identified by their parents and/or teachers as having behavioural or emotional problems. The purpose of these groups is to provide the children with a safe place to explore these concerns while also receiving tips on how to control their behaviour and manage their emotions. These groups also allow the psychologists to assess multiple children at once and identify those who require more intensive interventions.
At the tertiary intervention level the primary psychologist carries out individual, couples and family therapy with those families most in need - specifically those individuals who have psychological disorders or are suffering from severe emotional distress. Children, adolescents and adults suffering from a variety of disorders including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and personality disorders are provided with therapy tailored to their specific diagnoses. In addition, couples whose relational problems are affecting the mental health of their children are provided with therapy to improve their interpersonal communication and parenting techniques.
The area of psychology also works to better the internal processes of the organisation and is involved in volunteer training.