Scaffolding Model of Support
Assessment and support to the network
Scaffolding Model of Support
‘Scaffolding’ model of working places greater emphasis on helping parents to better understand the communications from their children as well as the impact that they themselves have on their children. The aim of the work is to build more secure bonds between parent and child which forms the bedrock for children developing good resiliency and emotional wellbeing. The work consists of a 3 session assessment with the child (as is typical of Impact’s work) followed by up to 6 sessions with parents afterwards to help them develop their understanding.
Fee paying services
Impact offers a range of fee paying services including:
- Individual short, medium and long term psychotherapy for ages 0 – 25
- Parent sessions
- State of Mind Assessments ( 6 week therapeutic assessment of children’s difficulties)
- Consultations to professionals on children’s SEMH difficulties
Psychotherapy services for children, young people and families
We offer a range of psychotherapy services to our children, young people and families:
- Psychotherapy assessment
- State of Mind Assessments
- Individual psychotherapy
- Dyadic (Parent-Child) psychotherapy
- Parent work
- Scaffolding work with parents and professionals
- Therapeutic group work
- Contribution in either writing or attendance to EHP meetings, CIN and CP reviews where appropriate
Bespoke training packages
Impact North offer bespoke, excellent value training packages as required by commissioners. All training is provided by a team of professionals with 30 years working knowledge of schools, CAMHS and community health. Training themes have including: Supporting Others With Trauma, Bringing Attachment Alive and Resilience, Mental Health and Mindset
An opportunity to discuss children or families of concern
Psychotherapeutic consultation offers an opportunity to think together with a family and with the professionals who are currently supporting them. Through collaborative discussion we help to develop additional ways of thinking about the psychological needs of the family and how these expressions of need, shaped by the family’s history, may be impacting on relational dynamics within the family and within the wider network of support. Psychotherapeutic consultation provides an opportunity to identify blocks and to explore opportunities for positive shifts in existing interventions that are being offered to the family.
Our consultations are well attended by a variety of professionals such as family support workers, child protection leads and inclusion staff. Professionals have found that consultation can also provide an opportunity to think in depth about any markers for risk and to consider the kinds of work that would be most helpful to the family, in ensuring that families get the right service, first time.
Consultations in the West Yorks. borough of Calderdale are funded by the Longleigh charitable foundation.
Under fives and their parents
An extension to Parent Space was developed as a pilot project, called Child Space, targeted at under 5s and their parents, and offered for one half day for one year (2016). The aims were:
- To improve the quality of early attachment relationships, prevent escalation of difficulties and develop cognitive, emotional and social capacity in children aged 0 – 5
- To increase capacity in the early years workforce to understand and support child development and mental health needs
- To work with hard to reach families, helping to 'turn the curve'
- To contribute to emerging national research regarding effective early interventions for children aged 0 – 5
Sadly the funding for this project has now come to an end but Impact continues to seek further funding to build upon the important work already started.
Support for parents
Parent Space is a unique service, integrated with Health, for parents who are looking for support with worries they have about aspects of family life, the challenges of being a parent and the emotional development of their children. In most cases, it is concern about a child, from babies to adolescents, that prompts a referral for support.
Concerns can encompass a wide range of worries but can include relationships within the family, parenting issues, children who present with anxiety or behavioural difficulties, who are withdrawn or who have separation anxieties; the impact of bereavement or divorce and the impact of parental mental health difficulties such as depression.
The support offered involves establishing a co-operative working partnership with parents in which thinking together about concerns can begin to make sense of problems that children are too young to sort out alone. Although the work can often be with parents alone the child’s emotional experience is kept at the forefront of the work. Wherever possible, and appropriate, parents and child are seen together.