Details of Services We Offer
At New Forest Care there is a strong commitment to deliver exceptional quality practice, to ensure positive outcomes are a matter of course for all children and young people placed in our care.Formal therapeutic input would include regular Drama Therapy/Psychodrama and Integrative Art Psychotherapy sessions, undertaken by New Forest Care’s Therapy team. Work is delivered through improvisation exercises, theatre games, projective techniques, role-play, and Forum theatre.Creative therapy differs from other psychological therapies in that it is a three way process between the young person, the therapist and the image/ artefact or story. Thus it offers the opportunity for expression and communication and can be particularly helpful to young people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.
Many young people that attend these sessions feel that it is a kind of sanctuary, where people can experiment, explore and reflect upon feelings, thoughts and experiences therapeutically.
The team will always work with young people at their own pace, giving them time to develop a positive trusting relationship with the therapist before attempting to process, often highly complex problems.
In return young people are asked to try what will probably be a new way of working on their problems, with a desire to make changes. Creative Therapy enables them to learn to express the creative part of themselves.
This approach provides new ways of looking at present and past life experiences to enable the young people to make positive changes in their lives. At base, the team believes that the only way out of current difficulties and situations is to create another, different reality – and the exercise of creative “muscles” is the best way to facilitate the imagining of a different future and mode of interaction.
A drama therapist attends weekly community group sessions within our children’s homes. The format of group work is open ended, with the therapist providing opportunities for sharing within the group, encouraging risk taking and openly talking with peers about each other’s experiences. The Therapist also encourages feedback and participation of young people in providing support to each other.
Sessions include Social/Interpersonal skills development, understanding relationships (sexualised behaviour), communication, confidence and self-esteem. These groups allow young people to provide support to each other both in the form of understanding and empathy as well as support around gentle confrontation allowing peers to experience conflict in a positive manner and to see themselves through the eyes of others.
The objective of group therapy is to increase self-awareness, increase social comfort, allow exploration of new behaviours, provide support, develop skills, and promote more genuine interactions with others
Family Work is often required in order to ease tensions/mediate between the young person and their family. It is possible that extensive disruption and trauma may have been experienced within the family dynamics often leaving dysfunctional responses between parties.
Family members may need support in understanding of the young person’s needs and behaviours, thus creating a base line for family intervention. If required, this can be carried out by our senior Drama therapist, whilst using a narrative approach to explore pertinent issues.
It is an important aspect of our work to support the re-building of relationships between young people and their immediate/ extended families where these have broken down.
The aim of formal family therapeutic intervention will be agreed by all agencies and parties, with clearly defined goals and expected outcomes, prior to commencement.
The Therapy team are supported by Dedicated Mental health Care professionals; these include a Consultant Child &Adolescent Psychiatrist, Registered Nurse Mental Health and Occupational therapist. Many young people we work with have at some point been in contact with mental Health services such CAMHS.
New Forest care offers a comprehensive mental health assessment at the point of admission and on-going monitoring efficacy of treatment. Access to the Mental health team is available 24hrs a day via the on call system within New Forest Care.
Collaborative working with agencies such CAMHS, Children’s services , YOT, Police and safeguarding teams are fundamental in our approach to managing risk.
Specialist assessments are available in the form of (SAVRY) Structured Assessment Violence Risk Youth and (AIM) 2 Harmful Sexual Behaviour risk assessment and intervention. These evidenced based assessment tools are used to influence risk management and care planning.
A multi-disciplinary team approach is used throughout our Assessment, Planning, intervention and evaluation process. Evidenced based outcome measures are utilised via the care planning and LAC meetings, associated reports are provided accordingly.
The care and education staff team are supported through attendance at staff meetings promoting reflective supervision. Training and development of staff is of paramount importance and is fully supported by the Therapy and Mental health team delivering workshops throughout the year.