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What we do...

Our Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Service offers specialist group work and 1to1 sessions for those experiencing mental ill health or who may benefit from emotional support.  We work with all ages but particularly specialise in working with children, teenagers and young adults. 

we are happy to work with people who may also be engaging with other services

We work with a wide range of difficulties from general anxiety, unwanted behaviour and exam stress to low mood, self-harm and suicidality.  Although very much independent, we work collaboratively with Scottish Borders Council, the NHS and other services in the community and within education.  Referrals can also be made by young people themselves, and we are happy to work with people who may also be engaging with other services, subject to ethical guidelines. 
 

Our team includes our Lead Practitioner Ross Irvine, Senior Practitioner and Stepping Stones Youth Development worker Lee Armitage, seven further counselling skills Practitioners, and our Administrator Jane Harrison.  Clinical supervision is provided by our consulting Psychotherapist Sarah McFadyen MBABCP.  Coming from a range of backgrounds, experience and qualification including youth work, mental health and additional needs, we utilise a wide range of approaches including the use of play and cognitive behavioural techniques. 

In addition, we run a number of specialist programmes and services including:

 

  • The Brick-by-Brick™ (LEGO®-based Therapy) programme

Led by professional facilitator and Cheviot Youth Lead Practitioner Ross Irvine, the approach builds upon the work of Dr Dan LeGoff, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and is officially endorsed by the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University Department of Developmental Psychiatry and backed by The LEGO® Foundation.

A social development programme for young people aged from eight to adulthood who enjoy building LEGO® models, it is aimed at those who would benefit from support with social communication, friendships or language.  Unlike some other social skills approaches, it has a particular emphasis on social identity development and on what an individual ‘can do’ rather than ‘can’t do’.  As a collaborative play intervention, members join one of our Brick Clubs, work together to build LEGO® models and in doing so use, practice and develop key social communication skills such as joint attention, shared goals, and mutual purpose.  As most children have played with LEGO® at some point, the sense of familiarity helps reduce anxiety and promote a relaxed and fun environment.

  • All STARS resilience against bullying programme

All STARS aims to provide young people who have experienced bullying the opportunity to learn and practice new skills, strategies and ways of thinking when faced with bullying.  Developed by our Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support Service and run by Senior Counselling Skills Practitioner Lee Armitage, sessions are relaxed and informal but structured and based at our Kelso Hub. 

Open to young people in P6 – S4, All STARS the programme runs across four weekly sessions.  There is also a dedicated evening session for parents/carers with mental health and youth work professionals on hand to provide support and information

  • The Seasons for Growth programme

An innovative grief and loss programme facilitated by our trained adult Companions, Seasons for Growth uses imagery of the seasons to illustrate the experience of grief.  Aimed at children and young people who are living with the effects of change and loss, the programme focuses on the impact of change rather than the event itself.  It does not provide counselling or therapy but instead aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who are dealing with significant life changes. 

Run in groups of 4-6 over 8 sessions at our Jedburgh and Kelso Hubs, the approach combines psychology and education with peer support and contains developmentally appropriate discussions and activities.  By normalising participants’ experiences, it can increase protective factors while minimising certain risk factors that influence mental health and wellbeing. 

  • The Inner Growth Initiative

Developed to help nurture resilience in children and young people facing challenging circumstances, the Inner Growth Initiative aims to equip participating individuals with a greater knowledge and understanding of self.  Delivered over a series of stage appropriate programmes there is a particular focus on growing skills in self-reflection, goal setting and personal development.

Designed to be delivered during youth clubs and drop-ins in conjunction with their regular activities, individuals will be supported to apply their new found understanding in their everyday activities whether this be relaxing with friends, playing computer games or learning at school.  Upon completion participants will achieve an SCQF accredited award to mark their time effort. 

Who can use our service...

Our service is aimed at children and young people aged 8 to 25 years in the Cheviot area. Clinical focus is in line with tiers 2 and 3 of CAMHS and Scottish Borders Mental Health Services Integrated Care Pathway tiers guidance.  Our service is not time restricted and also extends to parents, carers and siblings of young people in recognition of the wider impact emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties can have.  

 

Our ethics and approach...

Fundamental to the safe and professional operation of any emotional wellbeing or mental health support service is the implementation of a solid framework of ethics.  At Cheviot Youth we strive to offer the highest levels of service and professionalism at all times and all practitioners are required to abide by a strict code of ethics.

At Cheviot Youth we have chosen to align our ethics with those of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  All Practitioners, regardless of individual level of qualification, other professional associations or registration are required to practice within this code of ethics.   

Download a copy of the BACP code of ethics here

Find out more about the BACP here

Our team is comprised of a number of practitioners operating within a range of professional competencies and clinical scopes.  As a minimum, all practitioners have an HNC qualification in Counselling accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  Regular clinical supervision is conducted in line with the code of ethics and provided by our consulting Psychotherapist Sarah McFadyen MBABCP. 

Find out more about Sarah McFadyen MBABCP here