Dates: STAR is a 3-day course running on Sunday 25th November, 2nd December and 9th December 2018.


Led by Dr Susan Young, an international expert in the psychological management and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders and author of several psychological treatment programmes, the STAR programme is a cognitive behavioural group intervention to develop Skilled Thinking And Reasoning [STAR] for 8-12 year old children with cognitive, behavioural, emotional, and/or social problems.

The programme combines skills training for children AND a parent/carer, the latter learning specific coaching techniques that can be applied to support their child in daily activities. Using the metaphor of a detective to understand personal emotions, children learn skills of self-regulation, concentration and problem solving.  It is based on policing skills techniques used by New Scotland Yard which promote problem-solving procedures of Scanning the environment, Analysing information, Responding in an appropriate way and Assessing the outcome (SARA). The technique has been adapted for use by children in a fun and imaginative way and draws on the appeal of them developing real life detective skills. Using role play, group and individual discussions, fun games and exercises, the child will be introduced to Thinking Tools which will remind them to use the techniques they need to improve their ways of thinking and behaving. Each child will receive a ‘STAR Detective Workbook’ to use in the group sessions of the STAR Programme. STAR aims to help the child to regulate their emotions and behaviour, improve self-confidence, develop pro-social competence and effective problem-solving skills. Parents/carers will learn how to better support their child by learning coaching techniques that will help their child to transfer the skills learnt in the intervention into their daily lives.

STAR Programme Topics

* Pay Attention and be a Good Detective

* Police Detective Problem Solving Skills

* Controlling feelings of Anger

* Controlling feelings of Anxiety

* Social relationships and understanding Others

* Analysing Problems

* Solving Problems

* Use it or Lose it!

 What other experts say………...

“The programme is scientifically grounded and yet clearly fun for children with attentional, emotional, social and behavioural problems and instructive for their parents.” Professor Peter Hill, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, London 

“STAR can foster understanding and hope for children and their parents of the potential to build skills…. The activities are educational, fun, engaging and child friendly.” Professor Margaret Weiss, Department of Psychiatry, University of   Arkansas for Medical Science.

Location:  35 Great James Street, LONDON, WC1N 3DB 

Cost:  Price for attendance by child and one parent/carer for the entire 3-day course (including refreshments but excluding lunch) is £1,950.  

Registration and Payment

Payment can only be made online.  To register and pay, please click the links in the grey drop down bar to the left of this page.  For payment, please scroll down to the end of the Registration page (once completed) and click the pay button.  Confirmation of a place will not be provided until payment has been received. No refund for cancellations made within one calander month of the first day of the course. Cancellations made prior to that will incur an administrative fee of £150. 

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