Mental resilience is the ability to adapt to stress and adversity.

At Kick Start we have one simple aim: to provide support to educational providers working with vulnerable groups. We do this by working with top specialists to guide young people along the path to mental resilience.

How we can help

Kick Start aims to maximise an individual’s potential. We do this by improving opportunities for young people to access education, training and employment. 

As part of our mental resilience programme, Kick Start work with a psychological consultancy, DGF Psychology Ltd, who specialise in the development of therapeutic behaviour support plans. This creates a more positive educational experience for young people. For more information, please contact us.

Janet Hardman M.Sc. (Clin. Psychol.), B.Sc. (Hons)
Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Janet Hardman obtained her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Birmingham in 1992. Her professional areas of interested include working with people with personality problems, offending behaviour (including sexually harmful behaviours), and behavioural and talking therapies for people with learning disabilities.

She has published an academic paper in Autism and Challenging Behaviour. She was previously Clinical Coordinator for Studio III Clinical Services. She consults to a number of organisations including Vinney Green Secure Unit, Bristol.

Janet Harman is responsible for undertaking clinical supervision of Climb Clinical Services psychologists, and well as undertaking specific assessment work (including court work).

DGF Psychology Ltd

“Working with Young People in the Education Sector”

DGF Psychology Ltd offers psychological input and consultancy to clients, their families and staff within the education and care sectors. We have extensive experience of working with young people with a range of emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties, and with individuals whose challenging behaviour creates barriers to learning.

We carry out individual assessments and offer a range of evidenced based therapeutic interventions to meet the individual needs of our clients. We also provide support and advice to families, and consultancy and training to educational staff groups who support young people with challenging behaviour.

We aim to maximise an individual’s potential by improving opportunities for young people to access education, training and employment and we specialise in the development of therapeutic behaviour support plans which detail proactive and reactive strategies to support staff in working to address behaviours of concern and to create a more positive educational experience for young people who are at risk.

At DGF Psychology we are acutely aware of factors that often lie at the root of challenging behaviour, and we understand the importance of building healthy therapeutic relationships. Our ethos is person centred and holistic and we adopt a non-aversive, low arousal approach to the management and reduction of behaviours across all Key Stages.