The SEJ Process
What is the SEJ?
The Self Empowerment Journey (the SEJ) is an innovative, psychoeducational evidence-based solution focused process. Currently offered to educational settings from secondary Key Stage 4 through to Higher Education, it is designed to ensure everyone in the educational community develops the skills to ‘stay mentally healthy’ and reach their full potential.
The SEJ Process is a simple 4 step meditative process of self-enquiry which follows a structured framework. Once learnt and practiced it will enable the individual to live life joyfully, empowering them to find their own answers to their stressful thoughts and limiting life situations. It offers instant results in the moment that the person applies the process and can be use in real-time anywhere, anytime. It has been proven to support educators, staff, families, and students; shown to be effective for children from the age of 7 upwards.
The Setting and the SEJ
In the setting this simple process allows educators and members of staff to manage their own wellbeing and mental health. To work from a place of inclusion and authenticity, enabling them to respond in an appropriate and timely manner when students seek support. Therefore, they are better able to manage their own time and workload, focusing their attention on core activities, individual responsibilities as well as meeting the needs of the students.
“…A simple easy to use process that enabled me to support all my students in reaching their full potential…, over the last 15 years I have had considerable success with the SEJ, including recently working with students suffering with the effects of exam stress.”
PASTORAL TUTOR AT UNIVERSITY
Students and the SEJ
Students who practice the SEJ Process can manage their own wellbeing and mental health, as well as self-manage any difficulties without solely relying on support from staff or overstretched services. As they have learnt the core life skill of self-management they have a strong sense of empowerment, enabling them to self-regulate and therefore maintain positive mental health. This leads to a focus on their studies achieving desired results and seeking career aspirations beyond their education. The SEJ Process has been used with students as young as 7 with special educational or additional needs with outstanding results.
“Doing the SEJ worksheet made me address all the stress I had that I didn't even realise were there and helped me cope and make peace with them. I felt like I was ready to revise again and when it came to doing my exam on Monday, I didn't feel the horrible sense of anxiety that I normally do. It was truly a beneficial experience that will help me through uni and even work life.”
UNDERGRADUATE FINAL YEAR STUDENT
“Children learn to manage their own feelings and reactions and to communicate in a way that is healthy. The transformation in children has in many cases - been remarkable!”- DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER
Families and the SEJ
Parents/carers find the process of the SEJ to be invaluable, not only for their own wellbeing but also in supporting their child/ren in maintaining a positive outlook on life, offering continuity of care at home. Parents/carers also see the value in having a solution focused process when their child/ren are finding life a challenge. As parents/carers it empowers them in giving them the skills to help and support their child/ren with a range of concerns from friendships, puberty through to exam nerves and more.
“Applying the SEJ process to my own experience has freed me from repeating the same patterns of behaviour. It has allowed me to heal family relationships, to see my children for who they are not who I wanted them to be. This experience has given us, as a family, a truly open and loving relationship.”
Research and the SEJ Process
Research undertaken at Kingston University brought awareness of the absence of appropriate life skills to empower students with their mental health through wellbeing provision during their educational career. Using the data collated we have further developed the training which is a series of lessons based upon a journey of Self Empowerment.
Empowering the whole school community
The Self Empowerment Journey (SEJ) training has been empowering individuals from all walks of life to reach their full potential for over 25 years. It has been taught to:
sports professionals to obtain peak performance,
police officers to help them problem solve and develop positive relationships,
businesses to empower staff and bring forth success,
members of the armed forces to help with career transition,
the clergy, couples, legal professionals, the list is endless.
Here we are empowering the whole school community with the SEJ because not only does it give them the tools needed to stay mentally healthy, but it also enables the user to reach their full potential. Where gratitude, resilience, the ability to self manage, have compassion and take personal responsibility for their wellbeing are all experienced as a natural consequence of practicing the SEJ process.
The origin of the SEJ
The originator of the SEJ is Jacqueline Mary Phillips, who openly speaks about her own personal experiences with mental health, suffering with depression and other mental health issues from the age of 14 to 28. She shares her story of how she became 'mentally ill' because no one had taught her how to 'stay mentally healthy'.
Mary (as she prefers to be known), has been depression free for over 26 years now and has for the past 25 years dedicated her life to sharing the SEJ. The SEJ Process not only brought her out of a mental health crisis, but has also enabled her to remain depression free. Mary is available for inspirational talks at your setting, where she is happy to share her life experiences and own personal Self Empowerment Journey. Please contact us for more information.