13 March 2019

A ground-breaking programme called Non-Violent Resistance Parenting has been taking place in Hackney, led by Trust colleagues in alliance with the national organisation Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) and Hackney Community Voluntary Service (HCVS).

Non Violent Resistance (NVR) is a psychological approach for overcoming destructive, aggressive and controlling and risk-taking behaviour. It was originally developed to address serious behaviour problems in young people by Haim Omer who wanted to increase parental presence and new ways of managing their child's behaviour within the family context.  Nonviolent Resistance ( NVR) parenting programmes are based on the principles of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandi who are famous for their ethos of non-violence.

This NVR parenting model has been successfully embedded in ELFT Trust CAMHS services with increased reported by parents feeling more empowered to manage their child's challenging behaviour. The difference in NVR is that the programme is delivered alongside a graduate parent - adding a richness to the programme.

“I came along because I was desperate. I was willing to try anything, although I’m fairly cynical by nature! The course has been invaluable for my family, but especially myself. Stick with it, it really helps. Having a parent as a facilitator is so helpful.” (Parent feedback at the end of the course Jan 2019.)

CAMHS Alliance having worked in partnership with Third Sector organisations to deliver parenting programmes in the Turkish and Jewish communities, and after consultation with BME community leaders if was felt this was an ideal opportunity to deliver NVR in order to engage with families who may struggle to engage with CAMHS Services. 

The four day training was delivered by Clinical Specialist Lead Nurse for Hackney CAMHS, Vicky Rodrigues NVR Supervisor, in partnership with Systemic Psychotherapist Veronica Rivera-Gould and NVR’s Trainer Dr Julia Jude who facilitated the programme.

Explaining why this project is so important, Vicky Rodrigues said:  “This is partnership working with the voluntary sector at its best. I feel that given the current concerns around young people and challenging behaviour, this programme allows us to  train communities leaders to help support families who would otherwise be hesitant to get involved in statutory services like this.”

The trainers are on day three of delivery and the participant’s feedback has been extremely positive as of March 2019:

“I find the whole programme interesting, non-judgemental but caring and loving, I like the first session which looked at challenges for parents from the BME communities.”

“NVR training brings together parents wanting to change their situation within a community setting.”

“There are many families from within the BME communities who are struggling to manage their child's behaviour and may feel distrustful of services. This training allows us to empower the community and deliver an effective parenting programme. I really like the fact that a graduate parent is delivering the training”.

This is the first part of training community leaders with further training planned to establish facilitators and supervisors so that the NVR parenting programmes can be embedded firmly within Hackney communities. 

For more information, go to the NVR website here.