All students and families have access to qualified therapeutic and family support staff. Our staff includes Psychologists (Marie and Louise), Psychological Therapists (Velettia and Karen); Psychodynamic Counsellor (Dirk); Social Worker (Pippa); Family Support Worker (Lorraine); Assistant Psychologists (Jade and Sophie). They are qualified professionals able to provide a range of interventions at a number of levels, including:
- direct work with young people
- systemic interventions with families
- advice and training
- joint work with other agencies
As an Academy, we are in a unique position to promote well-being and good mental health. We believe it is important to create an environment that encourages well-being and resilience and we have developed therapeutic provision as a key part of this.
A range of interventions at a family, school and individual level are available dependent on need. Successful interventions in school will focus on positive behaviour and group interventions, combining instructional strategies with behavioural management, for example teaching social and emotional skills such as conflict resolution and problem-solving.
We offer psychological therapies for individuals or groups (e.g. CBT and social skills) as the primary intervention for conduct problems, as they have a strong evidence base. This is to reduce aggressive behaviour and increase pro-social interactions.
We also offer systemic family therapy which provides effective help at a family level for a range of difficulties. Family therapists are trained and experienced in mobilising the resources of families that have reached an impasse.
At Academy level
We have a house on site as a ‘therapeutic’ area, with bookable space. It has a networked hot desk admin area; a family focused room; art space with blackout blinds (used for photography); a group room; a 1:1/2:1 space and re-sited medical room during the week for students or staff.
- We make use of Learning Mentors to support timetabled and targeted interventions in relation to social skills, emotional regulation and anxiety management.
- We enhance the PSHE curriculum to include emotional intelligence.
- We value staff training and professional development to ensure staff knowledge and skills are updated and supported.
- The therapeutic department offer supervision and advice for existing staff to discuss students.
- We operate an on call service for students and staff across the week.
At the Individual level
We have experienced staff and able to offer recommended interventions at a family, group and individual level, and to manage risk.
- We also offer group work that typically falls into two types: social interaction skills and anxiety management. Other group interventions are available dependent on need.
- We offer both talking and music based interventions.
- We help individuals overcome barriers to learning. These may include attendance (non-attendance is a key contributor to difficulties with learning); disengagement (possibly due to a lack of skills or confidence) and inability to regulate attention or emotions (which may result in internal/external exclusion or truancy). They can offer this support via many means, such as individual /group sessions; support for work experience; support for vocational learning if it is off site; after school activities or integration into mainstream.
We have an experienced Systemic Family Therapist who is able to provide recommended interventions at the family and individual level and to manage risk, and Family Support Workers whose role is to support families with more day to day issues.
If you or your child need any support, or you would like to discuss anything linked to support for your child or family, then please contact Dr Marie Ramsay, Deputy Principal with responsibility for Therapeutic and SEN, by ringing the Academy directly.