During our years of service within the NHS, we have worked extensively within local schools (Primary and Secondary level) to support pupils and staff around mental health and well-being. We offer a range of services as detailed below, and are also happy to discuss other, more bespoke options.
Our school services
Helping staff to support pupils
Children and young people form close bonds with the staff they come into daily contact with at school and frequently choose them when they need to confide in someone. A confident and appropriate response from staff at such times can help to deal with problems effectively early on without the need to involve external professionals.
As Specialist Mental Health services such as CAMHS become more and more stretched, increasingly school staff are both the first port of call for young people in distress and offer significant ongoing support. Teaching staff tell us that this can be a worrying and uncomfortable role when they feel their knowledge and skills of the difficulties being raised are not sufficient. Even experienced members of staff can feel overwhelmed when a young person’s mental health is affected, causing a loss in confidence in their own ability to provide support.
We offer a range of services which focus on supporting school staff members who are providing support to young people experiencing mental health difficulties:
Practical, solution-focused meetings with the staff working most closely with young people about whom there are concerns provide an opportunity for all involved to think together about how best to move forward. Drawing on staff members’ knowledge of the young person, alongside our psychological knowledge helps to ensure that effective support can be delivered where it is most needed.
Consultations can take different forms but will involve combinations of the following:
- Observation of young person in school or home
- Consultation meeting with the adult most concerned (usually a teacher)
- Meeting with parents or carers
- Individual assessment with young person
- Analysing assessments completed by other professionals
- Liaison with the Local Authority and other external agencies
In the form of a monthly meeting, supervision provides additional support to adults working with young people experiencing difficulties, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to respond or the ability to recognise when referral to a specialist agency is necessary.
In order to support staff groups to develop their knowledge and confidence in responding to mental health difficulties, we offer training regarding a range of mental health difficulties. We currently offer half-day workshops on the following topics:
- Mental health and emotional difficulties in children: an introduction
- Understanding attachment in the classroom
- Neurodevelopmental difficulties
- Mindfulness in schools
- Development and the adolescent brain
- Supporting young people who self-harm
- School refusal and attendance difficulties: how we can help
In addition, we can offer bespoke training sessions, including a meeting prior to the training date with key staff to establish the training needs and goals of the staff team.
Direct therapeutic work
Current estimates indicate that around three children in every class are struggling with mental health difficulties. Many struggle to access support due to reluctance to contact Specialist Services, or lack of services available in the area. These difficulties have a dramatic impact on children’s development and may limit their life-chances, as well as disrupting their school life.
We are able to offer evidence-based treatment for a wide variety of mental health problems experienced by young people including: Anxiety, Low Mood, Self-harm, Anger, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We are experienced at offering this work within the school setting and are able to liaise effectively with relevant staff regarding progress and support in school which would promote positive outcomes.
Therapeutic work can be offered to individual young people or in small groups of 8-10 young people. We have previously offered groups focusing on low mood, emotional regulation and self-harm, anxiety, social skills, relaxation and mindfulness.
Mindfulness in Schools
We have psychologists trained in mindfulness and have specific training to deliver the Paws-B Mindfulness in Schools Programme. Please see mindfulnessinschools.org for further details.
*Please note, prices stated are for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond are subject to change
Single one-off session (3.5 hours) – £350
Ongoing sessions for regular consultation, supervision or direct therapeutic work (individual/group): 1 or 2 sessions per day for a minimum of 6 sessions (frequency of sessions negotiated and paid for in advance of the term start date in which the sessions commence) – £300 per session (3.5 hours)
Half-day training workshop: 1 session (3.5 hours) – £350
Bespoke half-day training workshop: Including pre-meeting to establish training need and development of bespoke training package – £500
Paws-B mindfulness group (For Primary School children aged 7-11 years): Includes an initial consultation with head-teacher, teacher and parent meetings, information leaflets, resources and then 12 X half-hour group sessions or 6 X hour-long group sessions: total fee £700
Any additional direct or non-direct work taking place outside of a session (e.g. assessment interpretation, report writing etc.) will be charged at an hourly rate of £110 and invoiced for separately.