10 September 2021

Supporting both parent and child using the Healing Together programme

The Healing Together Programme was delivered to 5 children and young people and a safe parent by accredited facilitators working for Dorset Council as part of a parent and child pilot group. 

The overall results indicate the Healing Together Programme increases how children feel or think about their emotions across aspects of emotional functioning. The greatest change can be seen in areas of Differentiating Emotions and Not Hiding Emotions which is consistent with overall data evaluated from those facilitators who are delivering the programme across the UK. 

The data collected from the post survey demonstrates that all the children and young people enjoyed attending the sessions of the Healing Together Programme and 80% of them would recommend the programme to other children. 

The strength and difficulties questionnaire results demonstrate that overall, the Healing Together programme has reduced emotional distress for the 5 mothers that completed the programme. Specifically, there was a decrease pre-post intervention within the areas of ‘emotional problems’, ‘conduct problems’, ‘hyperactivity’ and ‘peer problems’. 

The mothers also self-reported that they felt more confident after completing the programme to support their child/children to feel calmer. Parents also reported that after the programme, it felt easier to feel close to their children and their enjoyment score had increased. The qualitative and quantitative data also demonstrates that the programme helped to increase the parents understanding of how the body can be used to calm the brain. 

The Mothers explained that they found the worksheets and video animations useful and accessible. 100% stated that they would recommend the Healing Together programme to another parent/carer. 

View the report here.

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