Understanding emotions and taking responsibility for negative behaviour
While anger is a natural emotion and should have an appropriate outlet, young people often respond to this emotion in a way that not only escalates the situation at hand but teaches them counter-productive problem solving techniques.
Revved Up is about self-reflection and behavioural change. Specifically, it’s designed to encourage students to be mindful of how they think, feel and act when they get angry, how they can cool down in challenging situations, and if faced with a situation they can’t avoid, how to ensure them and their friends remain safe without intentionally escalating the matter. Furthermore, Revved Up explores positive self-talk and how practicing this can help regulate emotions and avoid negative situations.
How Revved Up works
While this content can be challenging to navigate with young people, Revved Up employs aspects of Narrative Therapy to help elicit learning outcomes. Utilising practical activities, Revved Up aims to shift the emphasis away from the young person towards positive solutions to challenging situations. Using self reflection, students who are involved in Revved Up are able to connect the program’s learning outcomes to personal situations and make changes that benefit them on a daily basis.
Links to Australian Curriculum
Personal and Social Capability Learning Continuum
“…many (students) have developed a keener sense of reflection and will often stop and think before acting.”
Rob, Secondary school teacher.