The residential schools within the Kedleston Group provide education and care, enhanced with additional clinical and therapeutic support. The schools have a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners with a range of clinical backgrounds and experiences. This enables us to provide bespoke care packages and meet the complex needs of this group of young people for children and young people who live at the schools.
In all of our schools and residential settings the education, care, clinical and therapeutic staff work closely together. School based teams may include both clinical and educational psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. At High Peak School there is also access to a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist offering guidance on medication and approaches. Teams also work closely alongside the school nurses at each school who administer medication and oversee the day to day wellbeing of each young person.
Education and care staff receive appropriate training, supervision and support to ensure therapeutic approaches are embedded into the everyday interactions with young people. This is provided by the school based clinical teams and through external specialist training.
Many of the young people who come to live at our residential schools have had multiple placement breakdowns and are often trying to come to terms with difficult and often traumatic experiences in early life. Our priority in the first instance is to ensure that each young person feels safe and secure.
Through the first four weeks of each placement we will complete a range of assessments as appropriate to find out about the young person’s emotional well-being, their learning, strengths and difficulties. If after this period of assessment, the team agree that the young person will benefit from psychology led interventions then the clinical team will work closely with the education and care teams to put these in place.
Regular multi-disciplinary meetings are held for each young person who is receiving therapeutic support to ensure that they are supported to make the best possible progress. Sometimes individual therapeutic sessions are not the answer, simply being in a safe place where young people are listened to and feel valued and cared for is enough to bring stability to their lives.
At Wings Cumbria we meet many amazing young people and we are involved in whole school and staff development to ensure that all members of the school community work together to achieve good outcomes.
Dr Joanna Simm, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Dr Nicola Kennelly, Chartered Clinical Psychologist at Wings Cumbria
All young people have access to some level of psychologically informed intervention. In the event of crisis, an unsettled period or emerging unresolved issues more direct clinical support will be scheduled to meet needs.
When D joined us High Peak he refused to engage in education or therapeutic support following a series of education and placement breakdowns and complex developmental trauma. He had no trust in others keeping him safe and would respond aggressively to others. The clinical and key members of staff formed a team around him in order to offer a systemic, therapeutic model based on trauma and attachment principles.
Gradually as D’s trust in staff increased, his aggressive behaviour reduced and he has been able to engage in direct therapy sessions with the clinical psychologist and a key member of the education staff. D now engages in education, his academic performance has increased and his emotional well-being and behaviour has stabilised within the care environment. We recognise that there is still more progress to be made with D, we believe he is heading in the right direction. We continue to offer more targeted therapeutic support to help D regulate his emotions and build better coping strategies as he grows older.
Dr Berit Ritchie, Clinical Psychologist, High Peak
J arrived at Wings Nottingham from a failed foster placement, she had begun to self-harm and her foster family could no longer manage her behaviours. Here, J always has someone she can speak to if she has the urge to self-harm, she knows why she is doing it and has built up good coping mechanisms to manage her self-harm. She is currently enjoying all aspects of school and home life at Wings Nottingham.
Dr Alexandra Hardy, Clinical Psychologist, Wings Nottingham
Therapeutic approaches may include:
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Equine Assisted Learning (AEL)