Non Violent Resistance
What is it?
Non-violent resistance (NVR) is an approach that helps parents to manage the violent and destructive behaviour of their children. It usually involves meeting without the young person as parents are usually the people most wanting things to change. CAMHS may recommend it when, alongside a mental health problem, a teenager is acting aggressively.
Non-violent resistance looks at ways that parents can manage and change these difficult behaviours.
It encourages parents to make a stand against the violent behaviour of the young person without using physical or verbal aggression. It will often involve trying different ways of talking and involving other people close to parents to support them.
This can be quite demanding of parents but is successful at turning around risky situations and improving relationships.
Non-violent resistance uses ideas from the civil rights movement where people like Ghandi and Martin Luther King used peaceful protests to overcome injustice.
Most meetings will be for parents with one therapist but sometimes other family members or other supportive people might join in to find ways of working together.
It would take on average around 12 weekly meetings and "homework" where parents try a new approach at home.
Sometimes there may need to be telephone contact between meetings to support parents.