The HEAT Program (Healthy Expressions of Anger for Teens)

The HEAT Program is an 8 week anger management program for young people aged 12-18 years old.  The program is an early intervention, strengths based, solution focused program that incorporates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Music Therapy, and Mindfulness. It aims to help adolescents improve their emotion regulation skills, self-awareness, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, values and moral development, and learn healthy ways of expressing their emotions, in particular, anger.

The program has three main components:  arousal management (identifying how anger is triggered), cognitive restructuring (changing thinking & analysis strategies), and pro-social skills training (teaching alternative responses using a values-based approach). A general focus on interpersonal problem solving and assertive communication is expected to replace aggressive behaviors with pro-social behaviors and to prevent automatic aggressive responses.

The HEAT Program is currently being piloted at High Schools across the Perth metropolitan area. If you are interested in piloting the HEAT Program at your school, or within the community, or you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Shantelle Botha via email sbotha@whfs.org.au, or call 6330 5400.

You can view the brochure for this program here.

#Realtalk Workshops

#RealTalk workshops aim to educate and empower young women, cultivate confidence, self-respect, and assertiveness in this society dominated by social media and its superficial portrayal of everyday life. These educational/learning modules can be grouped into one day workshops or run as individual modules and then delivered to groups of young teenage women in a safe and supportive environment.

#RealTalk aims to develop young women’s inner self worth, and tap into ‘what matters most’. This values based approach nurtures self-worth, which feeds into all aspects of everyday life – worthy of good friends and healthy relationships, worthy of having an opinion and being heard, worthy of setting goals and achieving them, and worthy of feeling safe at all times. When young women feel worthy and are given the information and tools to fully express themselves, they are more likely to make healthy decisions, be more resilient, and achieve personal goals.

Key topics covered in #RealTalk workshops include social media, e-safety, body image, self-esteem, mental health, relationships, and sexual health.

If you are interested in learning more about #RealTalk workshops, please contact Shantelle Botha via email sbotha@whfs.org.au, or call 6330 5400.