Child and adolescent psychotherapists are trained to think about the specific impact of trauma on a specific child’s psychological development and how this manifests itself in behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. It enables us to offer very specific care packages for children and young people.
1. Assessment Packages
A CPWM psychotherapist can carry out an initial assessment package which would advise on:
- Placement needs of the child/young person
- Advice and support to foster carers/adoptive parents/residential home
- Therapy needs of the child/young person
An Initial assessment package would include:
- Initial Consultation with the network
- Assessment appointments for the child/young person and members of the birth family
- Feedback meeting
2. Therapy for children and adolescents who have suffered developmental trauma.
We offer a range of interventions including Parent Infant Psychotherapy, Under 5s work with carers and young children and long term ongoing psychoanalytic psychotherapy at weekly or higher frequency for children and young people.
3. Therapeutic Services for families with children under 5
Foster and adoptive families can experience difficulties and distress in the early years of a child’s life. These are often associated with developmental changes from babyhood onwards and exacerbated by early trauma. These difficulties may be helped or resolved with the thoughtful understanding that can be provided to families by Child Psychotherapists. This form of consultation may include therapeutic sessions with parents and carers on their own, including Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP), or with the young child, or with other family members.
4. Consultation to foster carers and adopters
Consultation to support the placement and to assist the child to grow and develop emotionally, psychologically and socially.
5. Consultation to the network
Consultation to all those involved in supporting children and adolescents who have suffered early trauma, abuse and disrupted attachments, including teachers, social workers and health professionals.
The Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
The ACP is a professional body for psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapists in the UK.
The ACP is responsible for training and practice standards for its members and provides information to the public about child psychotherapy.