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Bromley Brook Boarding School for Girls Creates Focus Cards to Help Students Regulate Emotions, Solve Problems
Date:2/24/2010

The Focus Cards, which debuted spring semester, integrate women’s psychology and relational-cultural theory to help students work on their behavioral issues and strengthen relationships.

Manchester Center, VT (PRWEB) February 24, 2010 -- To help students enhance their emotional regulation skills, learn to problem solve and build stronger relationships, Bromley Brook boarding school for girls has created individualized diary cards for its residents.

The Focus Cards were introduced to students at the beginning of the spring semester as a way to help girls label their feelings and thoughts and identify the behavioral issues they need to work on to enhance their treatment goals. The cards provide students with specific problem-solving skills to help them during difficult situations.

“The cards can help the girls be more mindful rather than just react in the moment,” said Sharon Hartunian, LICSW, LADC 1, CADAC, Bromley Brook’s clinical director. “The cards can help them look at what they’re struggling with and the process of how they handle problems.”

The Focus Cards highlight five skills for students to work on:

1.   Mindfulness
2.   Distress tolerance
3.   Emotional regulation
4.   Interpersonal skills
5.   Self-management.

Within each of those skills are 26 coping strategies. For example, if a student is struggling with self-management, she can use the Focus Cards to remind herself to follow rules, exercise, eat well, and take care of her personal hygiene and living space.

“We want to help girls look at what their struggles are and the process of how they problem solve,” Hartunian said. “It can help them realize that there is no absolute way of thinking and feeling, and they can see if th
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