DNA-v program

What is the DNA-v programme?

We will use the DNA-v approach to help young people develop psychological flexibility, which is the ability to do what they care about even if they have difficult thoughts and feelings. DNA-v stands for Discoverer, Noticer, Advisor and Values. The program is based on research in the area of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) which has a very strong evidence support that is recommended for treatment of anxiety, depression and other psychological health issues.

Further information and reading about the DNA-v approach.

How is DNA-v run?

The program will run:

  • Weekly with a blend of group and 1:1 sessions; student 1:1 sessions being timetabled a specific time slot
  • The first initial sessions will take place over the Autumn Term
  • 1:1 slots will be timetabled to avoid core subject areas
  • By our school SEMH lead with support from the Senco

Who is DNA-v for?

Students based at Whitmore Park Annexe to develop their inner resilience, expand their communication language and support them on their journey to feeling more confident both in and outside of the classroom.

Referrals are based on student engagement and willingness participation.

What is taught in the programme?

DNA-v will teach the following key concepts:

Noticing thoughts, feelings and physiological changes in the body (e.g. anxiety/stress symptoms)

  • Flexible perspective taking and gratitude
  • Problem-solving, discussion and exploration of common teenage issues
  • Paying attention and self-awareness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Mentoring and decision making
  • Discovering one’s values and goal setting

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school senior mental health lead via the main office.