eMotion: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group for children experiencing crisis using cycling to promote occupation.
(2015) eMotion: A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group for children experiencing crisis using cycling to promote occupation., no. 81.
This dissertation project has been developed for children aged 9 - 11 years (middle childhood) experiencing any type of crisis which has resulted in behaviour change. All children involved in the programme would be attending primary school. The intervention is designed to take place in the community over an 8 week period, although there is an option for the child to continue if it is necessary depending on their needs at that time. The children being referred to the eMotion programme have been assessed as requiring support by teachers or other professionals in the local schools. The children are already receiving a counselling service and the eMotion programme has been identified as an additional support mechanism in the process. The programme is a cycling group which uses Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness to improve physical and mental health. The programme aims to encompass relevant government policies and strategies in the area. The aim of the programme is not to change the external factors which may be influencing the child, but instead facilitate the learning of skills to equip the child with new methods of coping in difficult circumstances. This would be accomplished by encouraging each child to cycle in a small group with their peers. The group is designed to be based in the community at local cycling facilities and would meet at weekends for 2.5 hours. The children would need no previous experience or cycling skills to take part. The group would be facilitated by an Occupational Therapist who during the sessions each week, would work with the children to increase their skill set and confidence.