Specialists in well-being and mental health in schools
Dearnis (meaning compassion) is a small company operating in schools in the Midlands. We are extremely passionate, have a wealth of experience and are committed to nurturing and improving the well-being and mental health of both staff and students within the school environment.
In a warm and humourous yet professional style, we offer expert training and interventions, specifically tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the individual schools that we work in.
Rory is a fully qualified Teacher and also a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist up to Masters level. He has a significant amount of experience working within both roles in both Primary and Secondary settings. His therapeutic background is integrative, with a particular interest in compassion-focused therapy and positive psychologies. Rory is currently undertaking a PhD around compassion-focused therapy in schools under the supervision of Professor Paul Gilbert.
Rory is a dynamic, inspirational and well respected professional who is held in high regard by both the children and adults he works with.
Liz Coltman BA (Hons), PGCE, MA Company Director
Liz is a well loved professional and is renowned for building and maintaining positive and inspirational relationships with the children she works with.
What we can offer your school…
Staff Training and Interventions
We can offer one off, or a series of between 3 and 20 training/well-being sessions around mental health and well-being for staff working within your school. Our informative, friendly and interactive sessions include the following:
National and local Information about current research around mental health and well-being in schools
A space where which to learn accessible and effective therapeutic techniques around how staff can work both collaboratively and individually to manage their own well-being, mental health and stress level
Training into how to spot mental health issues emerging within the young people you work with and how to best work with them, in terms of intervention referral, interpersonal and classroom situations
Training in and resources for delivering lessons on mental health and well-being to your students in the classroom
Ongoing group or individual well-being interventions and/or therapy
Student Training and Interventions
Again, these are just examples of the work we are currently doing. Don’t forget that we will design and tailor training and intervention to specifically meet the needs of your school and your students!
Year group interventions specifically tailored. For example, Year 11: Aiming high whilst managing stress and anxiety; Key stages 2 and 3; Developing resilience; Year 6: Excelling throughout transition. Many other types of interventions can be designed specifically for your students upon request
A series of ongoing sessions for specific groups, e.g. students struggling with anxiety/anger/low self-efficacy/depression/family breakdowns etc.
Interactive assemblies delivered informing and promoting positive mental health and well-being for all students
Regular counselling sessions for individuals
Context for Need: The Research
Sadly, mental health and well-being issues are becoming far more more frequent and the need for effective training and intervention at a school level is required more than ever. NSPCC research conducted recently found that requests for CAMHS had increased by a third during the 2017/18 academic year – with referrals averaging 183 per day. In addition, teacher recruitment and retention is in crisis, with over 4000 teacher training places left unfilled this academic year. (NUT 2018) A DfE paper, released in March found that a combination of reasons often contributed to teaching staff leaving the profession, but with stress cited as a main contributing factor.
At Dearnis, we are so incredibly passionate about making a difference within the schools that we work in. We are also very aware that schools are very different to each other in terms of what they do and where they are at in supporting students and staff. This is why we pride ourselves in designing our work with the individual school’s needs and requirements at the forefront. We know that one size definitely does not fit all here and we will work hard to design and provide training and intervention to meet the specific objectives and deliver the outcomes required by your school exclusively.
What could we do for your students and staff?
IMPROVE EMOTIONAL AWARENESS
EFFECTIVELY DEAL WITH STRESS
techniques are embedded within our training and resources.
IDENTIFY AND WORK WITH STRENGTHS
BOOST RESILIENCE IN STUDENTS AND STAFF
ENHANCE RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN YOUR SCHOOL
DEVELOP A POSITIVE, PRODUCTIVE ETHOS ACROSS THE SCHOOL