Having a Psychological perspective of Residential Childcare develops a
therapeutic care environment by supporting the following:
- The development of consciously competent practice.
- Group living that is underpinned by emotional and physical safety.
- Practitioner competence in using developmental assessments for formulation of young people’s presenting needs and for strength based care planning.
- Practitioners understanding of specific activities and interventions that underpin healthy child development and aid recovery from trauma
These need to work in conjunction with the philosophy, values, ethos, policies and procedures of
the residential placement.
Psychological services offered by ISM for staff teams:
- Training on:
- Developmental trauma
- Assessment skills and care planning
- Applying counselling skills in RCC
- Controlling anger & regulating emotions
- Behaviour management in group settings
- Risk Taking behaviour in young people
- Building resilience in young people
- Self-care for working with complex trauma
- Understanding diagnoses and link to behaviour
The role of the Psychologist or Psychological Therapist in Reflective Consultation is to build a therapeutic relationship with Residential Childcare Team in order that they can
individually and as a team reflect and develop the following:
- An understanding of their thoughts and feelings, exploring how these contribute to the relationships and behaviours within the placement.
- Consider the views and motives of others.
- Recognise that prior experience and thoughts can interact to produce a current behaviour and ‘way of doing things’.
- Recognize that a personal frame of reference can change by gaining new information and reviewing ideas.
- Feel secure enough to explore insecurities, mistakes, questions and difficulties to learn from experience.
- A recognition of their strengths.
- Enhancement of professional development and self-empowerment
Assessment & Formulation
Use structured professional judgement in managing young people involved in offending behaviour or who are difficult to engage.
- Can be a lengthy process due to information that requires to be collated, interviews conducted and formulation that underpins effective risk management.
- Systemic Developmental assessment including, where appropriate use of valid and reliable risk assessment tool.
- Formulation - Use 4 P’s individual and contextual factors (predisposing, precipitating, perpetuating, protective) that help understand behaviour.
- Collaborative care planning outlining risk management planning of:
- Monitoring & Supervision
- Victim Safety planning
- Scenario planning
- A full written report is provided