Managing Emotions Intervention - Darlington YOS

Age: 10-17
Sex: n/a
Cost: None



Aimed at:

  • Young people struggling to describe their emotions
  • Supporting young people to identify some of their feelings before, during and after offending
  • Supporting young men to explore the negative impact of patriarchal attitudes on their offending behaviour
  • Supporting young people to look at the impact of their emotions on their negative behaviour as well as offending behaviour



Intended Outcomes:

  • Support young people in increasing emotional literacy and Intelligence.
  • An understanding of the way in which emotions have impacted on their behaviour (offending or otherwise).
  • For the young person to challenge previous ways of managing emotions.
  • Explore the benefits of discussing and showing emotions.
  • Recognition of the negative impact of impulsive reactions to limited information.
  • Open new possibilities with regard to who to talk through problems and issues.
  • Develop new tactics to deal with heightened emotional states and dealing with other emotions at an early stage to prevent aggression being the only outlet of other emotions. 




The pack contains a selection of intervention materials to use with young people to support them to explore the impact of emotions on their behaviour

  • The first section ‘identifying emotions and links to offending’ explores the way in which emotions have a role in all aspects of offending.
  • The second section ‘emotions and gender stereotypes’ explores gender attitudes toward displaying and outward showing of emotions.
  • The ‘feelings cards’ are to print, cut and laminate and use in conjunction with these first two work packs.
  • ’How Angry...’ section is a scaling anger exercise which also looks at altering thinking to reduce aggressive behaviour.
  • ‘Who to talk to…’ section is a worksheet that explores who the young people can access to discuss their emotions as a method of diffusing those negative emotions
  • ‘Reusable materials... (Who to talk to)’ are to print, cut and laminate and use with the final work pack. 



What makes it work:

  • The materials support a multi modal style of working, they can either be put together with other managing emotions/anger management materials to form a focused piece of work or they can be utilised individually on more specific factors.
  • The materials are varied and should cater to different learning styles.
  • The materials allow the space for young people to challenge themselves and their views.
  • The materials should support the young people to look at other ways to manage their emotions in a less negative way.     




Implementing the Practice:

  • Practitioners should ensure that they are familiar with the content prior to running sessions with young people (there is guidance on the front of each pack).
  • It would be beneficial for the practitioner to have completed motivational interviewing skills in order to support the young people to really assess some of their own thought patterns.
  • Practitioners should add/remove the ‘cut out’ material cards as appropriate for individual young people.
  • Have fun; deliver session with humour, good spirits and at an appropriate pace, do not get bogged down in sections and in probing answers where it is not necessary.




YOT: Darlington Youth Offending Service
Name: Michael Barr
Telephone: 01325 406407 (ext. 6407)