A core element of Project HE:RO is individual or small group mentoring. One very effective tool that Health Mentors may use within these sessions is Pause Button Therapy (PBT).
PBT is a new therapy based on an idea so simple that a small child can understand and use it almost immediately. It has a broad diversity of applications and can be used with anyone who knows how to use a remote control.
In UK primary school trials, children proved that they were able to not only grasp the concept but also to incorporate into their lives after just a few hours tuition. PBT shows similarly beneficial results when used to help treat a wide range of other behavioural issues from road rage and relationship problems to OCD and bulimia. PBT has also been successfully used to treat obesity and addictions where a number of public and commercial applications have been identified.PBT uses the idea of the Pause, Rewind, Fast Forward and Play buttons on remote control devices to help people give themselves more thinking time when faced with decisions. It teaches them how to ensure that they make the best possible use of that time to weigh up the potential consequences of their actions. This allows them to live more successfully in the present.
“The time when individuals could rely on others to overcome their problems for them is long past. Current trends are moving away from dependency on institutions and towards more personal autonomy. Everyone needs to be able to make responsible decisions regarding their behaviour and take control of their own lives.”
Dr. Theano V Kalavana, Scientific Director, Pause Button Therapy International.
Evolve Health Mentors have undergone a series of three PBT training sessions during Autumn 1 and will now be offering PBT on a wider scale to pupils who could benefit from this unique form of targeted support. The details of these mentoring sessions will remain confidential but the effectiveness of the intervention will be monitored and evaluated so watch this space for further information.
A PBT book was recently published which provides much more detail about the theory and practical benefits of this new form of cognitive behaviour therapy. A brief synopsis can be found here and the book is available to purchase from Amazon.