What are the key areas for therapeutic involvement to promote well-being and emotional resilience?
Sex Education, Health and Wellbeing
Knowledge about food, health, substance misuse, sexual health and parenthood promote self-awareness and informed choices for a healthy lifestyle.
Relationship Skills & Attachments
Nurturing positive relationships with others is key to successful interactions.
Emotional Intelligence including Anger
The ability to identify and manage own emotions and the emotions of others is key and underpinned by our therapeutic interventions.
Life Story Work
All home managers are certified Therapeutic Life Story Workers and will carry out TLSW with all children for 9 months helping them to explore and make sense of their past.
We facilitate reflection on behaviour to encourage intrinsic motivation to change (Thinking About My Behaviour) as well as pre-empting potentially challenging situations by considering actions (Bumps in the Road).
Independent Living Skills
Living Skills Assessment tool accompanied by an extensive range of scaled tasks designed by us to ensure learning of skills needed for independence (including budgeting).
We endorse the use of approaches such as SFBT, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness and strengths based approaches. To help with mental health and associated difficulties including ADHD, ASD, dealing with loss, and Self-Harm.
Developmental & Therapeutic Play
All interventions are carried out as far as possible using play (play being a child’s natural medium and the core of the attachment relationship) and creative methods (a more appealing method of engagement, expression and communication).
Social Skills, Communication & Assertiveness
Important life skills (verbal, written, body language, behaviour, accommodating others) that can help in all aspects of life are addressed with therapeutic interventions.
Delivered in a safe, home environment
What are Therapeutic Interventions?
‘Care plans, treatment and interactions are based on psychological theories that attempt to explain behaviours; therapeutic interventions provide methods and tools for dealing with behaviours, as well as emotions’. Community Care, 2010
The methods and tools we have are listed in our comprehensive sector leading Resource Library.
Why do our children need Therapeutic Interventions?
WAG Guidance: Towards a Stable Life and Brighter Future
‘The child’s health and educational needs and in particular any mental health needs or special educational needs must be prime consideration’. WAG, 2007, p. 9
The Welsh Government has 7 Core Aims based on the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. Core Aim 3 – promoting better health, while reducing inequalities is a major policy aim of the Welsh Government. Preventative and remedial action is a high priority for children and young people.
Incidents of mental health problems amongst LAC children in Wales is much higher than the general population.