B More Archie

Introducing Archie … another member of the Golden Tree CIC team.

Introducing Archie Introducing Archie


Whilst we can’t protect children and young people from all the things that may cause them distress throughout their lives, we can however help them to become even more resilient so that they are more able to remain positive and cope with life’s uncertainties and problems. Mental health issues including depression, anxiety and conduct disorder are often a direct response to what is happening in our lives and these affect about 1 in 10 children and young people.

Resilience is the ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned and because resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures but rather they acknowledge the situation, learn from mistakes, have the ability to recover from setbacks, adapt well to change, and are then able to move forward (even in the face of adversity)… surely then, our support is really important in helping children and young people to become more resilient.

Social relationships play a huge role in our emotional wellbeing; feeling connected to others is a strong protector of mental health, and our emotions, very often linked to these social relationships, are a fundamental part of the human experience. It is often assumed that understanding all of this comes naturally but perhaps, like every skill, becoming more emotionally intelligent requires nurturing, encouragement and practice. There is growing evidence that positive socio-emotional skills such as paying attention, understanding emotions and effective interpersonal skills not only support wellbeing but also increase academic outcomes and are essential to a well-rounded education and future achievement (in fact, employers seek these skills).

Therefore, as these skills (and their associated knowledge and understanding) don’t in fact just happen, rather than being left to chance, they do need to be specifically taught.

anteaters love to eat ants and Archie is no different


Introducing ‘Archie’…Archie is an anteater who is all about building more awareness, resilience, compassion and mental health into education. As you probably aware, anteaters love to eat ants and Archie is no different in this. However, Archie is very special because the ants he eats are automatic negative thoughts.

We all have these ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts). They’re not necessarily something we are particularly aware of, but they can have a significant and unhelpful impact on the way in which we function if they’re not kept under control. It is for this very reason that we all need to be more like Archie.


‘B more Archie’ is a 6-session programme that has been specifically designed and developed in order to teach children young people a range of resilience building and self-soothing strategies to help them to be more like Archie and to ‘eat’ their ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts). The theory base for the programme is CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Tools) and TA (Transactional Analysis).

The programme is flexible by design and can be delivered universally [recommended] and/or as a targeted intervention. As well as the teaching of resilience-building activities and self-soothing strategies, it covers personal awareness development, thinking skills and cognitive tools, emotional literacy development, positive behavior choices, taking control of mental health and building compassion.

Each session begins with an activity to build self-esteem and ends with a practical strategy for building resilience and self-soothing.

It requires a 1-day training course to become a certified Facilitator of the programme. The Facilitator training day is experiential and so the staffs’ wellbeing is also being supported and developed.

We will come to your venue and train a maximum of 16 staff to be Facilitators for a total price of £2,000.00 and this includes the programme materials, a license to deliver the programme, Facilitator Certificates and a resource starter bag. (Additional bags can be purchased for £100.00 each).

*There are no hidden or future costs (other than refresher training if required). The sessions are experiential and not workbook based.


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