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Trauma-Informed Schools

Trauma-Informed Schools

Training, consultation and interventions for schools and educational providers of children and young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.

Within our team at Serendipity Psychology we have a small group of specialist psychologists who have a long standing professional background in working with children, young people and families with complex needs. These practitioners have a wealth of experience in working with schools, colleges and educational providers who may be offering a range of different provisions to their pupils. Our team recognise the importance of the role educational providers play and aim to support them in building the most effective environment for young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural needs.

How might this service benefit us?

Our packages support educational providers with a wide range of complex presentations including (not limited to) children and young people have:

  • Attachment difficulties who may be within the care system, who are or have been looked-after or adopted,
  • Been exposed to trauma, abuse or bullying,
  • Are displaying emotional or mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, complex grief, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD),
  • Been engaging in self-harm or have eating difficulties,
  • Neurodivergent traits or diagnoses including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For children with a range of complex needs, building a trauma-informed environment where young people can heal and recover from the painful experiences they have had is crucial to ensuring they thrive; this is what we help educational providers develop. We believe that our training and consultation packages will enable your team to:

  • Better understand the presenting needs of the children and young people in your care,
  • Consider the most effective way of responding to their needs by forming intervention plans to support them to improve their emotional, behavioural and social outcomes,
  • Build reflective and psychologically-minded environments that are loyal to the core values of your team,
  • Improve the quality of your team’s teacher-parent-child relationships, reduce complaints and improve positive feedback,
  • Decrease dissatisfied parent feedback,
  • Increase staff satisfaction and the performance and mood of your team,
  • Improve your offering to your wider community.

We design our input to support your Ofsted evaluations through outcomes monitoring and positive feedback and testimonials from children and their families. This service will form part of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that your team achieves:

  • A higher quality of provision for your pupils that strives to meet a diverse range of needs and meets the needs of those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with high needs.
  • To improve the behaviour and attitudes of the whole team and positively influence the pupil and parent cohort in line with this.
  • Improve opportunities for personal development including physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Improve the reflective practice of the leadership and management infrastructure, making for influential and effective leadership.

We design our input to support your Ofsted evaluations through outcomes monitoring and positive feedback and testimonials from children and their families. This service will form part of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that your team achieves:

  • A higher quality of provision for your pupils that strives to meet a diverse range of needs and meets the needs of those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with high needs.
  • To improve the behaviour and attitudes of the whole team and positively influence the pupil and parent cohort in line with this.
  • Improve opportunities for personal development including physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Improve the reflective practice of the leadership and management infrastructure, making for influential and effective leadership.

What packages are available? 

We recognise the needs of our customers are diverse and unique so we prefer to design the service we deliver around your needs and encourage you to make contact with us to consider how we might be of help. However, the following are a range of possible packages we have previously found have been beneficial to other teams we have worked with:
Trauma-informed Schools

How much will this cost?

We encourage you to make contact with us to build a package that will meet your needs which we can advise on. An example of a recent ‘Primary’ intervention was charged at £50 per attendee for groups of 10 or more attendees attending a 2-hour training or consultation session. We would expect most of our packages to be in line with this.

Who might this be suitable for?

The online training is suitable for any education staff and we will design the intervention to meet the needs of a varied audience.

Introducing:

Dr Sarah Cross, Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy)

Dr Sarah Cross Leads on our Schools service. She is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with complex trauma and attachment. She has extensive experience within healthcare and has worked closely throughout her career with education establishments. Sarah has been involved with developing and delivering training to children and young people, families, social care, healthcare and schools. Her DDP training (Levels 1 & 2) through Dr Kim Golding, consistently guides her work ensuring the relationship is kept at the heart of healing.

Dr Anwen Goodwin, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy)

Dr Anwen Goodwin is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with young people and their families who have been looked-after and adopted. She has worked extensively as a lead consultant with trauma-informed services in and around Northamptonshire. Anwen has a keen interest in delivering consultation, training and coaching to a diverse audience and has worked closely with a range of educational environments supporting young people with complex trauma and attachment difficulties. Anwen is trained in a range of interventions indicated as the most effective for working with these difficulties including mentalisation-based therapy and DDP.

Dr Lauren Sayers, Lead Clinical Psychologist (DClinPsy)

Dr Lauren Sayers is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with young people and adults who have extensive trauma histories and a range of complex mental health and personality difficulties. Her current role is as Director of Serendipity Psychology Services in which she oversees the running of the company and team of practitioners working as part of the company. She also holds a caseload of complex clients with personality difficulties and complex trauma; many of whom are looked-after and adopted. She has previously worked as Lead Psychologist within the Priory Group’s Personality Disorder Service Line, and set up a successful therapeutic children’s home for young people with complex trauma and attachment difficulties in Northamptonshire. This professional background, combined with her experience of teaching and training roles, her training in DDP, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), schema therapy and EMDR, means she has a lot to offer schools in their goal to meet the needs of vulnerable young people with complex needs and their families.

Please contact us to arrange a free initial 15-minute consultation with one of our psychologists who will be able to consider how we can support you to meet the needs of children with complex needs.

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