Young Healthy Minds Workforce Development Day

Friday 22nd January 2016

Young Healthy Minds is an emotional well-being service for 4-18 year olds which is delivered across the county by CXK, Stepahead Support and Family Action. The theme for their latest workforce development day was sharing the knowledge and skills within the service. Young Healthy Minds is an emotional well-being service for 4-18 year olds which is delivered across the county by CXK, Stepahead Support and Family Action. The theme for their latest workforce development day was sharing the knowledge and skills within the service.

An exciting array of methods and resources were used at the workshops including art work, toys, pictorial displays of family relationships, coloured crystals and wands, video clips and a small rabbit, called Mr Toffee, who stole the show!

This was a special day which show cased the diverse talent and expertise within the Young Healthy Minds teams. For some of those delivering workshops it was the first time that they had done it but once they got into their stride they really excelled themselves and their sessions were informative, entertaining and thought provoking.

In the morning, CXK staff Hayley Cattell and Jess Di’Mascio delivered a workshop on Play Therapy providing a strong theoretical and research base for the approach as well as offering participants the opportunity to practice their play therapy skills with the sand tray! Nick Spinks delivered a workshop on working with Gender and Sexually diverse young people. This experiential workshop informed participants on theories about human sexuality and gender as well as exploring their own socialisation in relation to the subject. In the afternoon, Anne Benbow delivered a workshop to increase participant’s confidence in using drama techniques with young people.

By the end of the day everyone was energised and enthusiastic about the knowledge and insights they had gained and which will inform their practice in the future.