Sing Up Vocal Force Working in Children & Adolescent Mental

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					        Sing Up Vocal Force: Working in Children &
            Adolescent Mental Health Settings

Sing Up Vocal Force is a specific programme aimed at training adults who work with primary
age children and who are interested and keen to develop their own singing and singing
leadership skills in order to encourage more primary age children to sing. This particular
project will work focus on singing leadership for those working within CAMHS teams with
children between the ages of 8 and 13years and also existing singing trainers who have
indicated that they would like to gain knowledge and experience of working in CAMHS
settings.

The programme will start early in 2010 and finish in February 2011. The training costs and
any residential costs (food and accommodation) will be fully subsidised by Sing Up.
Participants will need to fund their own time and travel.

The trainers for this project will be Dave Cuthbert and Phil Mullen.

The Working in Children & Adolescent Mental Health Settings project will have two stages:
   • Stage One:
         o Providing existing Singing Leader participants with background knowledge,
             methodology and understanding of the context of CAMHs work, the
             processes and issues involved and common types of behaviour to expect.
             This will be delivered through 2 full days of training – one in the south, one in
             the north. Vocal Force will arrange the venues and communication for these
             days.
         o Providing staff participants in the CAMHS Teams involved with sessions to
             develop their own confidence in singing. This will be achieved through
             integrating the singing training into the joint sessions with Singing Leaders
             and CAMHS workers.
         o Providing all participants with examples of best practice, practical tips,
             techniques and creative repertoire and session ideas for developing and
             embedding singing with children in CAMHS settings. This will be developed
             through a residential weekend, or two, with other days as appropriate. Vocal
             Force will arrange the venues and communication for this training.
         o This stage will involve sharing the learning and developing the resources
             developed from an earlier Sing Up Beyond the Mainstream project.

   •   Stage Two: This will enable eight Stage One participants to work on projects with the
       CAMHS teams involved, with support and guidance from the facilitators.
          o There is a geographical setting for this work which will be London based. This
              is because this project is integrally linked with the initial Beyond the
              Mainstream project.
          o In the placements that SoundMinds will coordinate, we are looking at 4 x 10
              week (half day) placements in at least 2 different locations.
              Each placement will include a session (in previous projects these were 1.5
              hours), plus time allocated for team building, embedded training (including


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             material to deliver), and mentoring sessions. Sessions will be overseen by
             either Dave and Phil initially who may have significant leadership for delivery,
             but would look for ways to maximise trainee involvement in delivering and
             then leading the sessions.
           o Placements will be able to accommodate 2 trainees each, and a mental
             health clinician who will also have involvement in training/mentoring at this
             stage. However the referrals of children and young people to the group
             would have to be sufficient (at least 6) to justify a likely 4 adults in the room.

   •   Alternative Stage Two: It may be that some of the participants from Stage 1 are
       already in touch with CAMHS teams in other parts of the country and would be able
       to organise their own work with a team in another part of the country. If
       participants do this we will endeavour to support them with access to a mentor by
       either of the facilitators, or other appropriate trainers.

PARTICIPANTS: This project will offer training to:
   • Staff in the CAMHs Teams that agree to host the project in Stage 2.
      Recruitment will be handled by the facilitators as the negotiate involvement in the
      project with the CAMHS Teams.

   •   Individuals who expressed an interest in training in this area through the Sustainable
       Singing Trainers Audit carried out by Sing Up in November 2009 and other Sing Up
       trainers who didn’t respond to the audit.
       Recruitment will be via email to all those who have delivered training for Sing Up.
       The email will clearly state the commitment required to take part in the training, and
       explain the structure of the project. There will be clear deadline stated for those who
       wish to register. The admin for this will be provided by Vocal Force.

TOPICS THAT WILL BE COVERED INCLUDE:
   • Context of CAMHS work and social emotional and personal development
   • Working in a team/ working alongside mental health professionals
   • Approaches to ground rules and boundaries
   • Introduction to the resources used in the BTM project and available for development
      through this project
   • Approaches to music technology
   • Appropriate vocal, physical and group warm ups
   • Developing a rhythmic vocabulary
   • Mouth and body percussion - Hiphop and Reggae
   • Led discussion on vocal confidence
   • Communicating effectively
   • Working inclusively
   • Developing a creative environment
   • Songwriting basics
   • Songwriting using poetry, text and visual stimuli
   • Generating ideas
   • Generating rhythms, words and simple melodies
   • Delivering a session
   • The role of the leader
   • Managing behaviours and dealing with conflict

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   •    Planning and structuring a session
   •    Using the Song Bank
   •    Looking after the voice
   •    Developing good technique
   •    Posture and breathing
   •    Developing Vocal confidence

TRAINING STRUCTURE

        Timetable                            Training
   Jan – Mar 2010 Preparation: Selecting CAMHS Teams and Recruitment of
                  Participants

 April – June 2010 Stage One: Training Days, with possible residential

  June – July 2010 Stage Two: Placements

  Sept – Dec 2010 Continued placements
                  Celebration event

       January 2011 Evaluation and Case Study writing


CONTACT
  • Frances Watt, Sing Up Vocal Force Programme Manager
  • frances.watt@thesagegateshead.org
  • direct line: 0191 443 4696




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