Project Description

We offer a range of Clinical Services.

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The first face-to-face contact with either carer and/or caseworker. 

Focus is on the collection of information including developmental and child protection history, strengths and presenting challenges.  An introduction to our therapeutic framework and process is outlined.  Issues of consent and confidentiality are discussed.  This session is usually without the child present.

Individual counselling for child, adolescent, adult and/or carers.

Treatment plans are formulated to meet the specific needs of each child, adolescent and/or family member.  All treatment is neurodevelopmentally and attachment sensitive which targets emotional regulation and distress tolerance.  The main goal of treatment is for individuals to be able to tell their stories and make meaning of their experiences without the overwhelming and devastating impact of re-traumatisation.

Techniques may include:

  • Art and Play Therapy (using mediums such as sand-tray, play therapy, emotion metaphor collage, puppets, clay, symbolic painting and drawings; therapeutic gardening)
  • Canine (dog) Assisted Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma Specific – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT – TS)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment, Regulation and Competency skills training (ARC)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Radical Exposure Tapping

When working with children and young people on the impact of trauma, individual sessions are offered to carers to assist them in understanding the treatment process and to support trauma informed parenting.  

These sessions are neurodevelopmentally and attachment sensitive and are heavily influenced by the ChildTrauma Academy® (Dr B Perry) and the core building blocks of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework (Blaustein and Kinniburgh 2010).

Attachment focused clinical sessions where the child/young person and Carer both attend the session together, to address negative dynamics which may be contributing to ongoing dysfunction.

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Initial consultation (approx. 90 mins)

The first face-to-face contact with either carer and/or caseworker.  Focus is on the collection of information including developmental and child protection history, strengths and presenting challenges.  An introduction to our therapeutic framework and process is outlined.  Issues of consent and confidentiality are discussed.  This session is usually without the child present.

Individual Treatment Sessions (approx. 50 mins)

Individual counselling for child, adolescent, adult and/or carers.

Treatment plans are formulated to meet the specific needs of each child, adolescent and/or family member.  All treatment is neurodevelopmentally and attachment sensitive which targets emotional regulation and distress tolerance.  The main goal of treatment is for individuals to be able to tell their stories and make meaning of their experiences without the overwhelming and devastating impact of re-traumatisation.

Techniques may include:

  • Art and Play Therapy (using mediums such as sand-tray, play therapy, emotion metaphor collage, puppets, clay, symbolic painting and drawings; therapeutic gardening)
  • Canine (dog) Assisted Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma Specific – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT – TS)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment, Regulation and Competency skills training (ARC)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Radical Exposure Tapping

Psycho-education sessions for carers and residential staff

When working with children and young people on the impact of trauma, individual sessions are offered to carers to assist them in understanding the treatment process and to support trauma informed parenting.  These sessions are neurodevelopmentally and attachment sensitive and are heavily influenced by the ChildTrauma Academy® (Dr B Perry) and the core building blocks of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework (Blaustein and Kinniburgh 2010).

Dyadic therapy sessions

Attachment focused clinical sessions where the child/young person and Carer both attend the session together, to address negative dynamics which may be contributing to ongoing dysfunction.

Telephone and/or Web-based platforms (e.g. Skype)

All individual and/or psychoeducational sessions and/or case planning meetings are available via telephone and/or web-based platforms such as Skype, Zoom where available.

Trauma informed family therapy (90 mins)

Family therapy has a unique capacity to address trauma in a family context, allowing family members to process the traumatic events together. Family members gain a deeper understanding of

the impact of the trauma on the individual and on the family dynamic; better understand each family member’s individual healing process and feel empowered to provide support and advocacy.  After each session, a therapeutic letter is written and provided to the family to track process and change.

Trauma informed intensive family interventions (3 hours)

An intensive intervention involving the family and case worker.  The strengths and challenges of the family are explored along with ‘road blocks for success’.  Clear realistic goals are set with the family with specific activities, plans and timeframes.  After each session, a therapeutic letter is written and provided to the family and caseworker to track process and be a witness to change.

Attendance at case consultations; case planning meeting; residential meeting; team meetings.

If the practitioner is requested to attend a meeting to provide verbal feedback about progress of a child for case planning purposes.

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At Kids HQ we encourage those training and experienced in the field of Social Work and Psychology, who are interested in the treatment of Mental Health and Paediatric Trauma to get in touch and discuss their career opportunities with us

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