Conscious Youth achieves diploma in trauma and mental health

Following a turbulent and challenging year for young people and after six months of studying, we are delighted to announce that we have achieved a diploma in “Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities”¹.

With more young people than ever using community services for support, we decided to undertake the trauma and mental health training to support those that need it most. 

What has Conscious Youth gained by achieving the diploma?

Over two-thirds of people (67%) believe that the pandemic will have a long term impact on their mental health². This statistic includes young people who have been bereaved or undergone traumatic experiences during the past 18 months of the outbreak. With this in mind, the trauma and mental health training we received will enable the organisation to employ support strategies to help young people cope with their mental health struggles. 

Alongside this, we will now be able to relate to children and young people in ways that alleviate their suffering, support their learning and make them feel cared for and appreciated. 

As well as this, we can now effectively respond to children in distress/ stress states in ways that help them emotionally regulate, feel psychologically safe, and develop the capacity to handle stress well over time. 

What will Conscious Youth be able to offer young people now they are trauma-informed?

Following the accreditation, we will now begin to offer 1-2-1 therapy sessions, play therapy sessions, and other interventions to support young people in understanding the trauma they have experienced. 

As a community organisation, it was really important for us to take the steps in broadening our knowledge of mental health and trauma to support and understand our young people in the best way possible. With this training, we will now be able to support young people who have gone through specific adverse childhood experiences, and we will be able to provide them with tools and techniques to work through feelings of anger and traumatic loss. 

As well as the organisation being trauma-informed, our co-founder Sophie Simpson also received a recommendation from the course director to be able to apply for the Diploma in Counselling Teenagers. Counselling is something Sophie is extremely passionate about. Providing counselling sessions to young people will enable teenagers to successfully process painful life experiences and make informed decisions about key aspects of their lives. 

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