Therapeutic support for children and adolescents in educational and residential variety of settings has been proven to significantly improve outcomes in a range of areas and support their development and ability to achieve their potential have significant importance to recovery and development. This holistic approach to care acknowledges each individual’s complex needs in these environments and is there to aid personal growth and development, academic success and support emotional well-being.
How can therapeutic support help those in education?
During the developmental years of life, education plays a pivotal role in shaping the lives of young individuals and integrating therapeutic support within educational environments, it has been proven to be immensely beneficial. This type of support in education can come in many forms. From counselling services, mindfulness practices and tailored emotional support for those who have, or are going through, emotional trauma, having a nurturing environment can drastically improve an individual’s personal development and academic achievement. Therapeutic support can also help students learn healthy coping mechanisms, whether it be challenges such as stress, anxiety, self-esteem or assisting those with learning difficulties.
At Meadows Psychology Service, we understand that education can be extremely difficult for children who have experienced trauma and/or those who experience mental health difficulties. Presenting difficulties can we wide-ranging, but may include difficulties with social interactions, language, communication, emotional regulation, sensory processing, or behaviour. Our experienced team of psychologists and psychological therapists work to offer therapeutic support to a range of schools and alternative education settings across the country in establishing a whole school, trauma informed approach which promotes positive and inclusive outcomes for children, young people and their families.
We also offer a number of training courses specifically for education settings:
- Whole school trauma sensitive training
- P.A.C.E training for schools
- Understanding Attachment and Developmental Trauma and
- Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools
- Working with Young People with Sensory Processing Difficulties
Residential Homes and Therapeutic Support
We have significant experience offering therapeutic support to residential childcare
Meadows Psychology Service offers therapeutic support, clinical expertise, skills, and specialist trauma-informed knowledge to residential providers across the country.
We do this through:
- An allocated Meadows Psychology Service Consultant (Lead Psychological Therapist).
- A full, comprehensive psychological assessment of each young person.
- Monthly consultation meetings led by your allocated consultant, tailored to the individual needs of the young people and staff team.
- Individual Therapy for Children and Young People
- Regular Liaison with Other Relevant Professionals, Families, and Carers.
- Training and Development
- Trauma-Informed Supervision for Senior Residential Staff and Registered Managers.
- Outcomes Monitoring
For young individuals living in residential homes, support is essential to create a safe and stable environment which promotes healing, growth and coping mechanisms. Residential care often caters to those who have experienced trauma, neglect, or are transitioning from foster care.
Through a combination of individual and group therapy, therapeutic support provided by qualified professionals, such as those at Meadows Psychology, can address these emotional needs and create bespoke support courses for each individual. Implementing therapeutic interventions in residential homes can enable young people to heal from trauma and develop the essential skills to thrive independently and without disturbance.
Therapeutic support is essential to provide the right environment for children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma to thrive and achieve their potential.
Supported Accommodation and Therapeutic Support:
Providing therapeutic support for 16-18 year olds in supported accommodation is important to provide a secure and supportive environment during the important years of transitioning into adulthood. By having this support, individuals can feel empowered and supported during years of intense change. Support sessions such as counselling, life skills training and emotional support sessions can equip young people with the tools needed for independence and vital life skills such as budgeting, cooking and finding employment. These can really help build resilience, confidence and enable individuals to navigate the complexities of adulthood.
We will offer therapeutic support to help you develop trauma informed practice in your organisation and support your staff to develop the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience to work with young people who have experienced Aderse Childhood Experiences and Developmental Trauma.
We offer a range of support to meet the needs of 16+ supported accommodation providers:
- Child Development, Attachment and Developmental Trauma
- Therapeutic Responses using PACE (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy)
- Understanding the Adolescent Brain
- Exploitation (Including Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, Gang Violence and Knife Crime)
- Adolescent Mental Health
- Working with Distress
Psychological Consultation is protected time where an MPS consultant would facilitate a space with teams to explore the psychological needs of the young people you support. In this space we would work on therapeutic strategies to support young people to develop skills in managing emotional dysregulation, problem solving, and reducing maladaptive coping strategies such as using alcohol or substances.
We can offer senior management clinical supervision to support the development of reflective practice and staff well being strategies in your organisation. During these supervision sessions we would utilise reflective supervision frameworks.
Individual Psychological Assessment
We can offer comprehensive psychological assessments for young people you support. This would involve collecting historical information, direct sessions with young people and the professional network and completing standardised assessment measures. An assessment report would be completed which would detail an individualised therapeutic care plan tailored to meet their needs.
There are many reasons that implementing therapeutic support is important for early development and the transition to adulthood. By addressing and catering to each young individual, you can focus on their emotional well-being, providing tools for success and personal growth so that there is a brighter future ahead.
If you would like to find out more about therapeutic support for education, residential homes and supported accommodation, get in touch with Meadows Psychology Service today, or fill out the enquiry form here