NVR is growing in popularity across the UK (and the world) in working with young volatile people with some impressive results. NVR is highly effective when young people who make threats of suicide and self-harm as a way of maintaining power and control, child to parent and sibling-to-sibling violence, damaging property, crime, drug addiction, sex, school refusal, class room violence and frequent school exclusion. NVR is also proving effective when used with young people presenting with ‘gaming addictions’, and associated aggression and violence’. There is also an emerging evidence base highlighting the effectiveness of NVR for young people who are not attending school due to anxiety, in this situation NVR is enabling parents to re-connect with their children and enable parents to regain parental influence with the child-parent relationship.
Through the process of improving family, community and school relationships, NVR is proving effective in improving self-worth, mood, anxiety and confidence for young people and their families.
In London and Birmingham NVR has become a powerful and effective approach when extreme radicalisation and far right extremism is an issue. In these cities there are examples of schools, PREVENT, health and local communities working collaboratively to improve the lives of young people and communities. The Birmingham Women and Children’s’ Hospital, Tavistock and Portman and The Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are delivering NVR groups with positive results within the child and young person’s mental health services.
NVR can be used with individual families and in groups. I have used it very effectively with individual families and their educational and social network. Delivering NVR in a group format also has many benefits to families and communities; including group participants becoming their own therapists where support, advice, collaboration can be gained.
Training to deliver NVR is required with the exception of trained systemic and family psychotherapists.