Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
North Wales Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth is based on the belief that change, loss and grief are a normal and valuable part of life. Children, adolescents and adults need the opportunity to examine how issues such as death, separation and divorce have impacted on their lives.
Seasons for Growth provides the opportunity for each participant to integrate, at his/her developmental level, the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand and cope with change, loss and grief. This takes place in an atmosphere of like to like peer support.
Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth relies on research, activities, strategies and techniques from an educational and cognitive behavioural framework. This approach to learning encourages young people not only to value who they are and the particular “story” they have, but also to modify where necessary their thinking, attitudes, beliefs and constructs about life and to ‘take charge’ of their behaviours. The program emphasises the important role of thinking, questioning, deciding and doing.
What Grief Theory is the programme based on?
Seasons is built around the grief theory related to the work of J. Williams Worden. He conceptualises grief work into ‘tasks’ that demand something active of the grieving person. The tasks are as follows:
In adapting Worden’s work to an educational context, the participants in Seasons:
Why is the programme called Seasons for Growth?
The Seasons of the year provide a rich symbolic framework in which to explore issues of change and loss. With the differences in Seasons for Growth comes the recognition that like our loss and grief:
How is the program structured?
Seasons for Growth is a whole school program, catering for all ages 6-18
The program consists of five levels:
Each level of Seasons for Growth consists of:
Every Companion is trained by a Seasons for Growth registered Trainer because the role of Companion is critical to the success of the programme.
All the information in the above text has been taken out of the Seasons for Growth Companion manual written by Anne P Graham PhD (2008 – 3rd edition).