Emotional health and wellbeing

Our experienced team of psychology and behavioural support specialists adopt a holistic, person-centred approach.

We appreciate that there are many issues outside education that can have an impact on a student’s life at college.

Our Emotional Wellbeing team promotes emotional wellbeing and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). They support students to get the most from the opportunities at National Star.

Psychology and behavioural support specialists are part of the team. Their holistic, person-centred approach takes account of a student’s psychological and physiological needs.

The team supports students with issues including:

  • Homesickness
  • Bereavement
  • Coping with their disability
  • Coping with change
  • Relationships / social interaction
  • Anxiety
  • Low mood or depression
  • Living with an acquired brain injury
  • Issues arising from a life-limiting illness
  • Anger management
  • Preparing for life after college
  • Behaviour that others find challenging

The team carry out a full assessment of each student funded for support, with regular reviews along the way. Students may receive one-to-one therapy or have their own PBS plan and behaviour-focused strategy.

Students also have the opportunity to drop in to see a member of the team whenever they need to.

What is Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)?

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is an approach to improve quality of life and reduce the frequency and / or intensity of behaviour that challenges.

Students learn new skills as we make changes to their environment and supporting them in developing a valued social role.

The PBS approach works alongside Team-Teach to reduce risk and the need for physical intervention.

Outside referrals

Where required, we can refer students to local support services outside National Star. The Emotional Wellbeing team and medical staff ensure a joined-up approach to therapies and treatments.

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