Jigsaw – Interventions

1-to-1 Intervention

Depending on a young person and/or their family’s needs we are able to offer a range of interventions. We are a non-urgent, short term service.

An initial meeting with the young person and family/carers allows for an opportunity to explore their concerns, thoughts and feelings.

We work in a collaborative way to reach a decision with the young person and family about what service can best meet their needs. If the Jigsaw service is deemed the most appropriate we then establish which intervention is the most suitable. Our support is usually within an eight week period.

This may include:

  • One-one work with the young person incorporating different therapies such as: cognitive behavioural therapy, brief solution focused therapy and drama therapy.
  • One-one work developing skills in areas such as: self-esteem, effective communication, managing anxiety, social skills training, assertiveness and problem solving.
  • Group work – around bereavement and loss, mindfulness, exam anxiety and psyco education around anxiety.
  • Educational advice in school.
  • Liaison with school staff and other agencies who may be involved with the young person to ensure a streamlined approach.
  • Mental health awareness training to staff

During our involvement we regularly meet with the young person and the family to review progress. After completion of the work we provide a final written report which may include recommendations that can maintain progress, and/or signposting to alternative services that can offer longer term help if required.

Small Group Intervention

These are delivered by the teachers on the team and with careful consultation with school around year groups. Groups consist of between 8 and 12 students, and run for eight to ten sessions (one single lesson per week), or four to five sessions (one double lesson per week). Involvement of school staff, alongside Jigsaw staff, is welcomed.

Self-esteem/Social Skills Groups

We can work groups of either vulnerable or ‘acting-out’ students.

Sessions are delivered through practical activities and role-play, with the emphasis on fun. Topics covered include:

  • Negotiation skills
  • Resolving conflict
  • Listening skills
  • Communication skills
  • De-stressing strategies
  • Assertiveness
  • Exploring roles within a group
  • Relaxation strategies

Seasons for Growth

This programme is run in small groups and is based on research that highlight the importance of social support and the need to practise new skills to cope effectively with charge and loss. The programme focuses on issues such as self- esteem, managing feelings, and problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. It gives an opportunity for the young people to understand and support each other.
Seasons for Growth runs eight weekly sessions that of an hour and take place in school. The programme ends with a ‘Celebration’ session; later in the year the group will have the chance to meet for two further sessions to build on their earlier learning.


Mindfulness helps people to learn how to return their mind to the pleasant moment and what is happening now rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen. They gradually learn to sustain and focus their attention and how to use their felt physical sensations of breathing and of the body as ‘anchors’ to return to when their minds wander and ruminating thoughts take over.

The nine sessions to mindfulness course is delivered by one of our practitioners to groups of up to 12 young people to help them address a problem such as stress, anxiety or low mood. It is taught with visuals, film clips and activities that bring mindfulness to life.

For many young people the course can lead them feeling happiness, calmer and more fulfilled; they can concentrate better and have a toolkit to deal with stress and anxiety.

To discuss delivery of any of the above courses, contact Karen Knowles or Jane Moss (the team’s teachers). They will visit you in school to discuss your requirements, and support you with the referral process.

Exam Anxiety

This is helpful for pupils who are sitting exams and are quite anxious about the forthcoming event. Usually two to three sessions are delivered to a small group of Year 11’s. It is preferable for this to be delivered either at the end of the Autumn term or the beginning of the Spring Term so it is able to be reflected upon before the exam season begins.

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