Welcome Neuro-Psychoanalysis Congress 2019 attendees
The William Henry Smith School therapy team has evolved to become one of the largest, most forward thinking and dynamic therapy teams in education. This motivated team consists of 12 therapists from a variety of disciplines, including dramatherapy, music therapy, art psychotherapy as well as occupational and speech and language therapy. In addition to this, we have a family team to support parents and carers as well as consultancy from a clinical and forensic psychologist.
The team have a wealth of experience and provide a range of support to young people in our school, as well as external clients. We recognise the impact of adverse life experiences on young people and work creatively to facilitate exploration and expression. Play is at the heart of our work to help children make sense of their experiences, facilitating a space where they can process and heal. We recognise the need for long-term psychotherapy intervention when working with children who have experienced complex trauma and often provide therapeutic intervention for 3-6 years. Therapy is an intrinsic part of the school’s culture, so much so that we often have children self-refer.
We work closely with care and education staff to develop a holistic, wrap-around approach to supporting children and young people. We recognise the importance of a strong team around the child, including essential support for parents and carers. We are also keen to promote self-care amongst staff, co-ordinating supervision and well-being events. We are always seeking opportunities to develop as a team, open to new, creative and innovative ways of working which can help inform our therapeutic provision.
If you’d like to work with us, visit us or collaborate with us in research, please get in touch.
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