Joe is an only child and lives with both parents. He was referred because of his very angry outbursts at school where he can hurt other children. He had been excluded on two occasions. He usually showed no remorse and had difficulty engaging with teachers and his peer group. His parents were concerned as he was becoming increasingly difficult to get to school and his mother was having real problems getting him out of the car in the mornings.
At first Joe was difficult to engage with – some sessions he was almost silent and only talked about and drew things that he was particularly interested in. We worked on strength cards over two sessions and initially he threw most of them on the floor saying he was “useless” at everything. The following week however he chose the “I CAN CHANGE” card out of the pack.
Joe continued to have a low self-image and Learning Space sessions gave him time and encouragement to identify his strengths as well as time “to be” without having to be challenged. Joe needs time to continue to explore his feelings of self-worth at his own speed – acknowledging he wanted to change was an enormous step forward for him.