School of growing up healthy
- invisible children (overlooked, quiet, reserved),
- children excluded from groups of peers or children with poorly developed social skills,
- young people who have been exposed to traumatic events,
- specific family situations (dysfunctional family relations, divorce/separation, children in foster care),
- overeating, rejection of food, excessive focus on own appearance, inappropriate eating habits,
- poor recognition of own needs and needs of others,
- lack of motivation for work and learning, continued school-related stress,
- problems with peer relations and authority,
- setting goals too high, perfectionism,
- anxiety, different fears, melancholy, irritability, low self-esteem etc.
- to strengthen and improve self-confidence and self-trust,
- to strengthen healthy patterns,
- to learn to respond appropriately to conflict situations,
- to develop a feeling of belonging to the family, a peer group,
- to lower excessive ambitions and level out the yearning for perfection, and to recognise and accept actual capabilities and needs,
- to strengthen the feeling of being in control over oneself,
- to develop critical judgement and problem-solving skills,
- to encourage age-appropriate independence.
Content and duration
The programme lasts two weeks, with a start on a Monday and end on a Friday. The wards stay at Rakitna the entire time, including the weekend.
Children and young people take active part in therapies, creative workshops and sports activities, while spending their free time with their peers. They also attend a few school classes every day. A special place in the programme is given to activities with animals (horses, dogs, other pets) and work with families. Parents can get consultations about raising children and can attend family therapy.
Participants are encouraged to be open and communicate, as well as to develop a healthy lifestyle. We help them find their place in their families and among their peers. During their stay at Rakitna, their progress is also monitored by a doctor.
- Admission into the programme can be proposed by parents, a school, a social service, a healthcare institution or a young person themself.
- The parents or legal guardians call the phone number +386 51 410 491 or +386 1 365 98 01, expressing interest for the child to attend the programme.
- The personal physician, paediatrician, school doctor, children’s psychiatrist or family doctor then issues a referral for the child. You send the referral to Rakitna to schedule the first visit.
- The child and parents have a consultation with a psychologist or a psychiatrist at Rakitna.
How the child/young person benefits from the programme
Children who have finished the School of growing up healthy say they especially cherished in the programme that, surrounded by peers and friendly therapists, they learnt to better understand themselves and others. Moreover, they found out that other young people are facing similar problems and distresses, and that these can be overcome.