Brian’s* teachers didn’t know how to handle his disruptive behaviour in class…
Brian was only 12 years old when his mother passed away.
Anglicare Victoria youth counsellor Claire met Brian after his school referred him to us because they did not know how to handle his behaviour.
His teachers were at a loss and did not know what to do, they didn’t want him to miss out on his education but he was distracting the other children.
“Brian’s grief was never properly dealt with at home, as his father was unwell,” says Claire.
“Brian could not understand why his mother had passed away, and he would often say he wanted to join his mother in heaven. He told me he was angry that she passed away before he could spend one last Christmas with her. He had lost hope.”
Claire decided to set up weekly counselling sessions with Brian to speak with him about how he was feeling.
She used the sessions to help Brian remember his mother and grieve for her, so that he could manage his emotions better while he was in class.
Every session, Claire would help Brian write a letter to his mother, telling her all the things he didn’t get a chance to.
It took over a year of counselling and support to help Brian manage his behaviour, but I am happy to tell you that Brian is doing a lot better.
He moved on from writing letters to his mother, and he started using the time to talk to Claire about his home life and share his problems with her.
Although Brian is on his way to a brighter future, there are still many vulnerable young people who need your help today.
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*Names and images have been changed to protect client privacy.