Proposed Tiverton based psychotherapy and counselling service supporting children and families from birth to 11 years.
The proposed service would aim to provide:
• Individual support for children aged 4 to 11 years
• Dyadic support for infants and younger children (i.e. therapy together with parent/carer)
• Parental and family support – to include one to one support, family/group support and parental/carer education.
This would be provided by appropriately qualified and experienced psychotherapists and counsellors within a professionally and ethically managed outcome-based service. The service would aim to generate income from a number of sources, including grant funding, and would provide a service that is either free or low-cost at point of delivery. Providing therapy within schools would help us provide a service to those children that are hardest to reach.
The service would cover Tiverton area. (Our research shows there is currently little psychotherapy / counselling support for children of this age in the Tiverton area. We would like to hear from services that are providing similar or complementary support.)
We are currently looking for...
• Expressions of interest, in terms of broad or concrete support. Concrete support includes, but is not limited to, those who might be interested in being part of a steering group or governing body, appropriately qualified therapists and fund-raisers.
• Feedback from other organisations providing similar or complementary services regarding the proposed service.
• Feedback from children and young people. We want to involve children and young people in all stages of the planning process and in ongoing development. So let us know what you think and if you have any ideas.
• Feedback from families and parents. Do you think this service would be useful? What would you like to see?
• Feedback from schools (including school counselling services), pre-schools and nurseries. How would you like this service delivered? Are you interested in taking part (we may be looking for schools to take part in a pilot project).
• Feedback from health providers including doctors, midwives and nurses. Would you use a service like this, what ideas do you have in terms of planning?
Although it is envisaged that primary school aged children would mainly be seen at school, we are looking for potential premises from which to run the service and which could also provide space to offer associated therapeutic and psychoeducational support .
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