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Supporting young people during episodes of distress

Responding to a young person who is experiencing an acute episode of distress can be anxiety-provoking for the young person and the adult responder. It is essential that adults supporting young people who are not coping are equipped with the skills and strategies to help keep them safe.

This course provides participants with an evidence-based framework for psychological first aid that can be applied to any child, in any situation.

Development, Functioning and Performance

Find out how to work best to help young people reach their developmental milestones. Learn best-practice coaching methods for young people to build on their emotional, social, physical and psychological wellbeing.

Help them with their functioning and performance to lead a full and productive life.

Help, support, advice & guidance

What Others Have to Say…

“Coach to Cope provides participants with the understanding and skills needed to respond compassionately and calmly to children and young people experiencing distress. It builds the knowledge of participants so that they can connect with young people in their moment of distress and guide them through, building resilience and reinforcing help-seeking along the way. The strategies provide pause for reflection into our own response as adults when faced with challenging and distressing behaviours. I highly recommend the training to those who wish to strengthen their skill set in responding to and managing distressed children and young people.”

– Catherine Hughes School-Link Coordinator Hunter Region Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Who is this course
designed for?

  • Educators (Early childhood, Primary and Secondary)
  • Health professionals (Nursing, Allied Health and Medical staff)
  • Youth Workers and OOHC staff – Juvenile Justice and Justice Health workers
  • Community Services staff
  • Any professional who works with children of any age, from early childhood to 18

Exploring the causes of psychological distress

Dr Stephen Spencer (PhD) is a child and adolescent mental health nurse who has worked with thousands of young people with complex mental health problems. He has spent tens of thousands of hours engaging with young people in acute distress.

His PhD research project explored the best responses to young people in distress. In this course, you’ll learn the key causes that trigger episodes of distress.

Your role in helping to reverse the effects of trauma

Making a connection to a young person during an episode of distress is crucial to helping them manage.

However, this is not always an easy task. In this course you will learn effective strategies to connect with young people during their time of need. to lead a full and productive life.

The TAR3 Model

Participants will be guided through the evidence-based, in-the-moment psychological first aid framework (TAR3 Model). The TAR3 model provides a better understanding of the escalation of distress, and demonstrates the skills to help a young person to cope.

Building coping and resilience skills

As adults, it’s our job to help young people in our care to develop coping and resilience skills to help them support and regulate their own emotional wellbeing. It’s well-documented that anyone experiencing intense, frequent and sustained episodes of distress may go on to develop poorer mental health as a direct result.

Author, Dr Stephen Spencer, is Clinical Director of EquiEnergy Youth, a Registered Charity and NFP dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people in our community.

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Supporting young people during episodes of distress