A dynamic programme for children whose parents have separated or are going through the process of separation and divorce. PowerUP aims to help children work through these changes in a healthy way leading to increased levels of positivity and resilience.

PowerUp Sessions

PowerUP has been written to specifically address the needs of the many children who are facing major changes in their lives due to the separation and/or divorce of their parents.


For too long we have believed that children will bounce back in spite of the challenges they have experienced. We now know this is not the case and that we need to stop, listen and equip them with the skills to not just cope but to flourish. This programme seeks to create a safe space in which children can freely express their emotions as they begin to navigate this transition in their own individual way and in their own time.


PowerUP uses stories and characters to model situations and coping strategies. The stories help children explore what is happening in their lives from a comfortable distance by observing the characters in the story. The group situation helps them understand they are not the only ones experiencing this change. The atmosphere is fun, relaxed and positive.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

Adapting to Change

Positive Self-Talk

Courage

Big Feelings

Guilt

Forgiveness

Problem-Solving

Self-Esteem

  • Gayle Van Hoffen |  PowerUp Co-Ordinator

    Gayle is a Chaplain who has worked with children for over 25 years. She is passionate about creating a safe space for children to process their feelings and responses to the changes in their circumstances. She has run divorce/separation recovery programmes for children at Windsor Park Baptist Church for 10 years and has been so encouraged by the positive feedback received from both the children and their parents.


    Gayle is married and has three adult daughters and loves nothing better than spending time with her family and friends. If you are ever looking for her, try checking the garden first!

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