The Fire Service are naturally the best people to work with young people on the educational and fire safety aspects of challenging fire-setting behaviour in children. In our experience they tend to feel less sure about how to address the psychological and emotional reasons that may be driving the fire-setting. Indeed they sometimes feel ill equipped to look at these underlying factors.
In the four day workshop designed by Secure Base we start by making it very clear we are not trying to train anyone to become a counsellor – that would be impossible in only four days. Rather we focus on the idea of Advisors as being in a helping relationship with young people and their families. To assist them in this role we encourage them to develop some basic counselling and coaching skills – focussing, listening, body language awareness, empathic attunement, challenging and questioning.