Many of the young people who come to live at the school have had multiple placement breakdowns and are often trying to come to terms with difficult and traumatic experiences in early life. Therefore, our priority in the first instance is to ensure that each young person feels safe and secure. As part of this approach we follow a trauma systems approach, so each young person’s therapeutic input is guided by an individual psychological formulation, we regularly provide therapeutic consultation to both care and education staff and also oversee therapeutic key work around issues such as emotional regulation problems. Young people are able to access therapy, where indicated and required. The school has in-house clinical psychology, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy in place. Our occupational therapist leads on the assessment and development of independence skills, as we recognise the importance of our young people thriving in our environment, but also being able to transition towards more independent living.
The main psychological therapeutic approaches that we draw on include:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
Brief dynamic therapy