The issue of behaviour has been
identified as the primary issue of concern for Rugby League and one for which ‘Kick Off’ is particularly dedicated.
Behaviour, or more accurately, ‘misbehaviour’ has been
associated with a variety of factors that have been tagged as the cause, rather than something more deeply
ingrained in the individual player.
Examples of these causes so readily accepted by the general
public and promoted by the media are:
Whilst all of these can be noted in many of the player’s
indiscretions, the methods employed at present aim at the ‘symptom’,
not the ‘cause’. This is understandable, particularly when a
‘short term’ immediate response is required.
The error in continuing this approach is that it will only
result in the need to repeat the process each time the inevitable occurs. Inappropriate behaviour cannot be
solely attributed to any or all of the afore-mentioned examples.
Off’ attempts to identify those personality traits that provide the foundations for manifested
behaviour; viewing many of the associated factors as being the catalyst for what eventuates.
We do not ignore any of the issues relating to Alcohol, Drugs, Culture, Poor attitudes to women etc. and endeavour
to address these through education. The behavioural aspect, however, is the key to change. As such, we undertake
programs that specifically deal with behaviour. These programs target such aspects as the following:
- Where behaviour
- Why individuals behave in certain
- Problems associated with differing
- Strengths & weaknesses of
- Methods of controlling behaviour & ‘behaviour
- Alternatives to unwanted ‘negative’ behaviour
- Recognition of factors that
contribute to inappropriate behaviour
The educational approach to behaviour entails:
Each of these can be seen in underlying causative factors for
behaviour that might be considered inappropriate. Having a basic understanding of why individuals behave in
certain ways, under certain conditions and in certain situations better equips the player or other individual to
undertake alternative strategies in order to avoid succumbing to negative unwanted behaviour.
Education is essential, though is
not the complete answer. It is necessary to follow up education with practical counselling for those who might
find ‘self control’ or ‘self restraint’ difficult.
Counselling sessions are conducted in two (2) ways. Smaller
group sessions of no more than ten (10) enables interaction between facilitator & players. The
2nd method is that of ‘one on one’ counselling for
individual players considered to be particularly ‘troublesome’; the
recidivists of the game.
It is hoped that the latter form of counselling might be used
infrequently, should both education & group sessions prove successful.
As with all counselling conducted by ‘Kick Off’, we do not subscribe or adhere to any specific style or type of
therapy/counselling. We believe strongly in adopting those strategies that are best suited to the individual
concerned. In this way we believe we can more successfully facilitate the effective & efficient achievement
of our goals & that which is needed by the client.
Behaviour will always be an issue that confronts the league,
for a variety of reasons. Whilst the aim, ideally, is always to eradicate errant behaviour, there will be
instances, situations & particular individuals for whom this is decisively difficult to achieve. This does
not mean it is a hopeless cause; it simply indicates the reality of life.
‘Kick Off’ has
realistic objectives in relation to behaviour modification & believe that the team’s increased presence,
ease of contact, privacy in contact & counselling, on-going education
& pre-emptive interventions will increase the likelihood of definite amelioration of this most significant
As with many issues, identification & treatment of
underlying causes for behavioural & mental health anomalies is better than ‘symptom’ treatment.
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