Young People’s Recovery Toolkit

YPRT is a course for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse/violence and are able to take part in a group. The overall aims of the group are to help children and young people come to terms with their experiences and to develop positive lifestyle and coping strategies. This programme has been written for children who are no longer with the abusive parent or whose abusive parent is on a recognised perpetrator programme.

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Living with domestic abuse/violence forces children and young people to develop unconscious coping strategies that keep them safe within the context of unequal power divides and extremely controlling behaviour by the perpetrator. This is likely to be particularly influential in how the young person develops beliefs and attitudes about themselves, the world around them and differences with gender roles.

This programme is informed by Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Topics covered, how abuse affects our thinking, self esteem – what is it?, my family, talking positive, ways to handle difficult feelings, healthy relationships and trust. This programme is suitable for male or female young people aged 10-16. It usually runs for 8 weeks for 90 minutes. It can also be run in schools.

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