Solutions Focused Mentoring
Our Solutions Focused Mentoring provision is a crucial service, which can make a huge impact on the lives of the young people that we work with.
We use the Solutions Focused approach in Mentoring to develop young people and see them find the solutions they need for the challenges they face in their bespoke situations. This builds upon the development of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and according to Mark Beyerbach’s research in Spain, the approach not only increases a young person’s sense of self-efficacy but changes their thinking patterns at home as well as at school. We believe mentoring has the potential to refocus attention on to an individual’s own strengths and can empower them to make positive decisions for themselves that will build confidence and responsibility.
Mentor, Coach, Counsellor, Adviser It is important to distinguish between the variety of practises that exist to work with learners one-to-one. We have selected Mentoring as an approach as it taps into all four quadrants of engagement. It can be directive, facilitative and have a range of transference of expertise. There are also elements of coaching practises in mentoring provision. We believe this enables a dynamic service to meet the need of the young people we work with.
“Knowing that the students have the ability to speak with one of the KICK mentors has been invaluable. Students have found it important that mentors are not school staff, but aware that substantial concerns will be passed on to the Safeguarding Team, and it has meant that the school is more aware of their vulnerabilities than ever before”.
Stephen Burns, Head of School, The Green School for Girls