We have been successful in getting an amazing grant from Comic Relief Community Fund in Wales to run a 5 day Nature-Based Family Therapy Programme program is set in 17 Acres of pasture, woodland and streams in Pembrokeshire.
The program is free for all families taking part, we also provide transport if needed and camping equipment if the families don’t have any.
- Sat 29th May daytime – arrive
- Sun 30th May daytime
- Mon 31st May daytime and overnight camping
- Tue 1st June daytime and overnight camping
- Wed 2nd June daytime – depart
For many families, quality time together is rare, and even more scarce is the opportunity to learn to address issues of conflict, poor communication, and failing relationships in a safe and secure environment. Live Wire takes the parents and young person away together to an uplifting outdoor environment where they are given a unique opportunity to build on their strengths and address the problems in their family.
We focus on the needs of the parents as people, the needs of the young person and the parent-young person relationship.
Referral by keyworker. The young person and families attending the programme will be at risk of family breakdown, possibly in contact with
social services, CAMHS, the criminal justice system, and in danger of school exclusion.
Our approach has been developed by parents with direct experience of adoption and neurodiversity who are also practitioners with over 30 years’ experience of working with young people and their families from the fields of social work, education, psychotherapy and forest school, including developing and delivering preventative therapeutic programmes.
We understand the quality of relationships -with self and others- to be the key to healing and change. The approach is underpinned by attachment theories, positive psychology, intersubjectivity and the Nurtured Heart Approach.
This approach provides parents with proven ways to nurture a sense of greatness and inner wealth in themselves and their children by learning to apply the three stands:
- Refusing to give energy to negative behaviours
- Super-energizing success
- Implementing clear consistent boundaries and consequences.
A typical day includes:
- Parents therapy group and young people therapy group
- Young people outdoor Bushcraft and Land Art
- Whole family outdoor Bushcraft and Land Art
Aim: To deliver a multi-family program, that integrates the needs of the adult, child/yp and parent-child relationship in order to enable families to overcome trauma associated with ACES and strengthen family’s sense of wellbeing and safety with in the home.
- Family have at least one young person that lives at home or there is a plan for the young person to return to the family home.
- Parent/s/cares are struggling to make sense of their young person’s confusing and distressing behaviour that cause conflict and difficulties in the home.
- The young person may be on the edge of being received into care, on the edge of school exclusion (short and/or long term), have a mental health diagnosis such as ADHD, ODD, anxiety disorder, attachment disorder.
- Referrals come via the young person’s social worker/support worker and it is anticipated that the worker will remain involved for the duration of the program.
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