Children, Adolescents & Families

Each developmental stage brings new challenges to children and adolescents, as they are expected to learn and master new tasks in multiple settings (family, school or peer group).
Referral might regard one or more problem area; difficulties can typically be due to the interplay of various factors:

In the presence of an underlying neuro-psychological condition (i.e. a specific learning difficulty, ADD, ADHD or social communication difficulties) a further specialist assessment is recommended.

How does an intervention look like:

Mental Health Assessments

Are conducted at intake and provide a clinical formulation of the problem and relevant recommendations based on the information gathered in an in-depth clinical interview covering developmental, family, social, school and medical history, as well as a mental state assessment to ascertain mood, emotions, speech, affect and risk. Therapy options and interventions are discussed with the individual and their family.One to one therapy or family therapy might be offered alongside systemic psychological interventions, as explained below.

Psychological Interventions

Consist in the provision of strategies and support to school staff and families, as well as relevant evidence-based, solution-focused and time-limited therapy. Therapy models offered include Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic (Family work), Psychodynamic, EMDR and KIDNET, in line with the NICE guidelines.

Consultation and supervision

Can be offered to school staff (SENCOs and learning assistants) to help them implement the relevant strategies and understand any mental health issues that arises.

Children might experience

Interpersonal problems

School problems

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