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External Providers (MMH)
We currently have a psychologist from the Anna Freud Centre coming to Woodlane once a week. This service is part of a package of support to help pupils engage in therapy as well as providing parental support. The psychologist also provides the school with consultation in order to help us think about the psychological needs of our young people and how we as a school can best support them.
Almost thirty years of clinical experience with people with learning disabilities and/or autism has led to the development of Respond's model of trauma-informed psychotherapy: the Attachment-based Systems Approach. Respond therapists have a limited caseload but commit to longer-term therapy sessions with Woodlane children. Pupils of varying ages receive personalised specialist support from Respond through face to face Art Therapy sessions on a Tuesday.
The ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) intervention was originally developed by Sheila Burton, Educational Psychologist. It was designed to build the capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources. This is achieved by training teaching assistants to develop and deliver individualised support programmes to meet the emotional needs of children and teenagers in their care. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed. This intervention is now widely implemented by educational psychologists across Britain.
Mind therapists currently provide a range of mental health services for all those working within the school. Mind specialise in early intervention support, meaning that the school can make referrals to the service when issues are arising, rather than reaching an extreme point. Mind services currently include: drop-in therapy for staff and pupils, short 6 week 1:1 early intervention therapy sessions, signposting to other areas/forms of support and advice and training for school staff.