THE FAMILY WELLBEING TEAM

We offer support in a variety of ways to children, young people and their families across Luton and Bedfordshire.

Children experience the pain of loss just as much as adults, although their reactions will depend on their age, maturity and understanding of events. Adults often try to protect children from the pain of the loss, perhaps feeling that they are too young to understand, or that talking about the loss will be too distressing. However, our experience in supporting families has shown that it can be more helpful to talk to children, whilst remembering the following:

  • Be age appropriate

  • Be sensitive

  • Be honest

Experience has shown us that children can gain a great deal from meeting others of their own age who have had similar experiences and, if given the chance to understand events and to express their own feelings, they can learn to adjust to their loss.

What Interventions Do We Offer?

Guided Self-Help Intervention

  • Anxiety (Parents) – Delivered to parents with children aged 11 years and under. This intervention uses the manual “Helping your Child with Fears and Worries” by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts. The aim of this intervention is to provide parents with anxiety management strategies to support their child.  Up to 8 sessions.

  • Behaviour (Younger Children) – Delivered to parents with children aged 7 years and under. This intervention provides strategies and techniques designed to promote positive behaviour in your children. Up to 7 sessions.

  • Anxiety (Teenagers) – Delivered to children and young people aged 12+ years. This intervention uses Guided Self Help to provide the young person with anxiety management techniques and strategies to help manage difficulties with anxiety.

  • Low Mood (Teenagers) – Delivered to young people aged 13+ years. This intervention uses Behavioural Activation to help provide strategies and techniques to help with low mood.

Getting Support Intervention

  • Anxiety Group – This 4-week programme is delivered to children aged 8-12 years and their parent(s). The child and their parent/ carer attend the group together and spend time in separate rooms learning strategies and techniques to help with anxiety.

  • Anxiety Workshop – One-off session for parents of children under the age of 8 years who struggle with anxiety. The parent will learn some techniques to help manage their child’s anxiety.  The focus of the workshop is on emotional regulation and anxiety management strategies and techniques.

  • Behaviour Workshop – One-off session for parents of children under the age of 8 years who struggle with difficult behaviour. The focus of the workshop is on emotional regulation and working on parenting techniques to help promote positive behaviour.

  • Self Esteem Group

Getting Advice Workshops

The CHUMS Family Wellbeing Team is offering a series of one-off psychoeducation “Getting Advice” workshops around sleep difficulties, resiliency, and school transitions.  These workshops are available throughout the year (see dates below).

These workshops are designed as an introduction to each individual topic along with some practical advice, techniques, and strategies to help with the topic being discussed. The workshops are not designed for families who have previously accessed mental health services looking for further support but can be useful as a recap if felt necessary.

Please see below for more information of the getting advice workshops we offer. If one of these workshops sound like something you would like to attend, please complete the registration form in the below link along with your preferred date of attendance.

IMPORTANT:  THESE WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED AS A STARTING POINT FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY ACCESSED SUPPORT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

If you are concerned that your child’s problem is causing a moderate/severe impact on their life, then these series of workshops are unlikely to address your concerns and we would recommend making a CHUMS/CAMHS referral by clicking here http://chums.uk.com/bedfordshire-and-luton-referral-forms/.

Equally these workshops will not address queries or difficulties in relation to risky behaviour (e.g., self-harm, suicide ideation).

PLEASE NOTE: CHUMS is not an urgent response service. For urgent support with physical or mental health issues, please contact your GP or call NHS 24 Hour Crisis Line on 111 – Option 2.

The Workshops

Sleep Difficulties

We offer two virtual workshops which will provide strategies to help overcome a variety of sleep difficulties for parents with children aged 4-12 years and teenagers 13 years+.

Parent Sleep Workshop PDF

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Teenage Sleep Workshop PDF

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Building Resiliency in the Early Years

We offer this workshop to parents with children aged 0-5 years, discussing Resiliency in the Early Years. The workshop will focus on healthy relationships/attachments, emotional regulation, basic anxiety / behavioural strategies. 

Resiliency Poster 0-5 Years PDF

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Resiliency Workshop (Primary/Secondary)

This workshop will focus on the difference between mental health/mental illness and emotional regulation, low level psychoeducation on anxiety and low mood including relaxation techniques. 

Parent Resiliency Workshop 4-12 Years

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Resiliency Teenagers Workshop

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School Transition Workshop

Psychoeducation workshop that provides anxiety/behavioural strategies based on Guided Self-Help to help children with the transition to a new school or reintegration back to school. Available to all ages. Parent workshop for Under 12 years and Teenage workshop for 13+ years. Workshops run during the summer holidays.

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To register and access any of the above psychoeducation workshops, you need to be registered with a GP in Bedfordshire or Luton.
Please complete the registration form below.

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What is Guided Self-Help?

Guided Self-Help is an early intervention recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) for children and young people who have common emotional difficulties such as anxiety or low mood. It is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and facilitated by trained Child Wellbeing Practitioner Practitioners (CWPs). This approach has been found to be very effective in helping children and young people to manage a variety of difficulties including low mood, anxiety, and behavioural problems.

How does Guided Self-Help work?

The aim of Guided Self-Help is to support you and your child or young person to become more confident in your ability to make positive changes to your actions and thinking to improve your emotional wellbeing. Through sessions, reading and self-guided tasks you will develop skills and strategies that will enable you to manage your difficulties. This will help make you and your child or young person more resilient in the face of future setbacks. Guided self-help is a structured approach which your practitioner will tailor to your individual needs and personal goals.

How is Guided Self-Help delivered?

Guided Self-Help can be delivered in a variety of different ways. It can be delivered through face-to-face sessions which will normally take place at school or a local community location, virtually via video link using Microsoft Teams and by telephone. (Currently due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions currently take place virtually).

The benefits of the virtual or telephone sessions are that the timing of these sessions can be more flexible, and they will save you time and money as you will not need to travel to appointments.

Reviewing Progress

Throughout the work, we will regularly monitor progress through discussion and the use of questionnaires.  If there are aspects of Guided Self-Help that you are not finding useful, then please let your practitioner know, together you can decide whether there is anything that could be changed to make the process more helpful or whether another form of support might be more beneficial. If you agree on another form of support, your practitioner will help you to access this.

How do I Refer to the Family Wellbeing Team?

You can speak to your GP or school who can contact us for you, or you can fill out the CHUMS online referral form which can be found at http://chums.uk.com/refer/.  

Please note: you do not need to refer to access any of the psychoeducation workshops, please see separate details of how to register.

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