RYPP (Respect Young People’s Programme)
Attached to this introduction module are downloadable PDFs for two exercises. Both exercises were originally found at the end of YP2 in the paper manual. The intention was that these techniques would be used throughout the programme as a way of improving emotional literacy and promoting positive behaviour from session 2 onward. Both exercises should be completed weekly in the individual young person sessions or the young person group sessions (if you are doing group work).
There are several possible exercises to use with the young person to encourage them to express and think about their feelings more often. The session refers to using blob feelings cards but if you don’t have these you could use emojis or print out some facial expression pictures. You can use these exercises as part of your weekly check in with the young person. This also allows them the opportunity to get any worries or concerns off their chest before starting the rest of the work. It also helps to improve the young person’s emotional literacy. This will really help them prepare for later sessions which require the ability to recognise emotions.
The idea of this weekly exercise is to let the young person pick one of the cards and take it away with them to complete. At the start of each session the young person is asked if they managed to complete the task on the card they chose. Discuss with them how the experience felt. The aim is to get the young person to practise behaving in ways that are kind to others and to experience how self-rewarding this can be.