School Services

Current research estimates that diagnosable mental health conditions affect 10% of children. Left untreated conditions can worsen, putting children and their capacity to learn at serious risk. Often this will cause social and behavioural difficulties that will impact classrooms, staff, limited resources and wider learning. There is a general consensus that the earlier in life psychological treatment is delivered the more effective it can be. 

 

Fundamental to effecting real change in our schools is a “whole-school approach” to mental health. School therapists risk being elusive figures, coming in and out of a school, and having little impact on staff, policies or the wider culture.  However equipped with the right training they can consult on behavioural policies and procedures, support SenCo teams, and develop knowledge and skills across the school - positively and permanently impacting classroom outcomes. 

 

In addition to my MA in psychological therapies for children, I have undertaken specialist training in developing and managing a range of school-based services. This is reflected in the comprehensive “Therapy and Wellbeing Service” I have designed and run in a local college.

 

Based on my extensive experience I can offer a number of services to Sussex schools. These include:

 

  • Consultation on how mental health is reflected in behavioural policies, safeguarding practices, the curriculum, and pastoral services. Informed, direct action in these areas can have a strong impact on student and staff wellbeing school-wide.

 

  • Twilight CPD sessions for staff on child and adolescent mental health issues, tailored to your school's need and focused on recognising and supporting children in need, managing behavioural difficulties, and evidence-based approaches to implementing, positive, lasting improvements to staff-pupil relationships.

 

  • Running “Work Experience Groups”. These are weekly or fortnightly sessions, run for small groups of regular staff, over the space of a term or longer. They are a practical way to increase staff know-how in working with behavioural and mental health issues in the student body and focus on the children staff work with. This is an evidence-based approach, offering an excellent way to support staff, whilst improving their ability to identify and work with troubled young people.

 

  • Consultation and training for the post of "Designated Mental Health Lead" in your school, as outlined in the government's green paper for schools (“Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision").

 

  • Supervision (group or individual) for staff in emotionally demanding roles, that utilises 'child therapy' knowledge to bring new thinking and approaches to professional practice. 

 

  • One to One psychotherapy for students. Including, ongoing support for families, teaching staff, SenCo and management teams, over the course of the therapy, and termly care and outcome reports.

 

  • Parent support work. In most cases, regular meetings with a caregiver to help the therapy take root in the family would be advisable. In some cases, it may be beneficial to work with the parent alone. The flexibility of on-site therapy, combined with the advantage of working with a team around the child, would utilise a number of treatment pathways. 

 

 

Please telephone, email, or use the contact form for any enquiries. 

Ben French

eastbournechildtherapy@gmail.com

Tel: 07920398579

sychoanalytic Council (Reg 24124)

© 2019 by ben french

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