We begin by carrying out an assessment to identify the needs of the child or young person. We tailor the work we do to support the child and their carers in order to help the child have the best chance to achieve their full potential. Following assessment, the child will be allocated to the most appropriate therapist, and a Case Manager from our team of Senior Professionals will be assigned to support the family.
Our assessments are based on our therapeutic skills and knowledge and use a range of art and play based activities to gain an insight of the child's functioning. The range of assessments could include:
An understanding of the child’s emotional developmental stage.
Sibling attachment where consideration is being given to whether siblings need to be placed together or separately.
Assessment of next stage in care planning for a child.
Assessments requested by the Court.
Included in our assessment process may be the completion of standardised questionnaires about the impact of trauma and dissociation on children. (Briere's Trauma Symptom Checklist and CDEC Dissociation Checklist).
Music therapy can meet and reflect awful experiences and mirror painful emotions safely. It can enable processing and assimilation of the emotional impact of traumatic experience. By musically relating with a therapist, a child might engage in a new ‘dance’ of attunement, where early intuitive emotional communication can be made evident. In this experience of being held in the minds and hearts of new carers, reparation may begin.
Art therapy offers children and young people the opportunity, through art and other creative material, to explore and express experiences and feelings which can be too difficult and painful to put into words.
Art therapy is not about being "good" at art nor is it about being taught art. The art therapist remains alongside the child or young person as they work through their experiences and facilitates them in making sense of their worries and helps them to find more manageable ways of coping.