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Safe Programmes & Psychology

Stepdown Community Services recognise the importance of helping the young people and families they work with to manage and change their behaviours. Although much of this work can be done through ongoing support some young people require more specialised intervention.

Stepdown Community Services maintain close links with psychological services, valuing both their informal input and structured evidence based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desentisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Programme Work

Recognized as an important tool and staff in preparation for delivering programmes received training in:

    • Group Work Skills

      Increases knowledge of the conflicting roles in managing a group setting a precursor to delivering programmes

    • Motivational Interviewing

      The art of using a set of communication skills to encourage the development of a commitment to change. It is a way of supporting a young person to recognize and build on their own self-motivation for changing their life.


Programme Team

Our Programme Team offer the following programmes which are based on CB approaches:

    • Anger Management

      ‘Keep Your Cool’ by David Boag (clinical psychologist)

      A 20 session programme, that aims to improve skills relating to emotional management and developing appropriate coping strategies in relation to the expression of anger.

    • Offending Is Not The Only Choice / Violence Is Not The Only Choice

      These programs aim to:

        • Assist young people to understand the link between the way they think and their behaviours

        • Help them understand that they have a responsibility for their own behaviour and the impact that their behaviours can have on others

        • Identify risk areas which may prove harmful to themselves or others and to teach skills which would help to reduce the risk of harm to themselves or others.

        • To develop appropriate relapse prevention strategies

      Staff were trained in the above programmes by the Cognitive Centre and Cora Schools Psychological Services who are registered trainers.

    • Friends For Life - Prevention of Anxiety and Depression

      A program aimed at promoting resilience, emotional and social competencies in young people. Training is provided by Pathways Health & Research Centre.

    • Family Support

      Parenting Programme ‘Handling Teenage Behaviour’ is a six week programme for parents/carers.


For more information please contact:

Myra Callaghan: myra.callaghan@stepdown.org.uk or

Greg Gallagher: greg.gallagher@stepdown.org.uk

Or alternatively telephone: 0141-762-4523