Children and young people
The ‘Bespoke Practitioners’ approach to working with children incorporates Therapeutic Play as a medium to support children through communication via image and metaphor; this is an enhancement of sensory play, which is proven successful with children that are ‘hard to reach’.
At Bespoke Practitioners, we also apply the medium of using therapeutic arts to enable practitioners to support clients to gain an insight and provide an emotional landscape to see into the person’s world. These include – Art, Drama and Puppetry, Sculpture and Clay, Poetry, Sand Play, Music, and Dance/Movement.
Counselling for Young People (YP) offers a space for YP to understand what’s going on in their mind, body and life. Within a safe environment they can explore their own meaning and build their confidence and independence. YP can build on their skills so they can communicate to others what they need and how to find solutions for themselves. Through the support of counselling, YP can feel equipped for adult life to support their on-going mental health and well-being.
• Solution-Focused Family Support
Bespoke Practitioners work with schools and professionals to support children identified as needing further support after referral to the service.
Solution-Focused Practice sees the practitioner seeking to support the child, young person or parent to move towards a solution. This approach differs from the many approaches that focus on moving away from the problem; it focuses on the person being the expert in their own life, thus identifying what is needed to progress towards the solution.
This approach is particularly useful when the person is ‘stuck’ and feels that there is no way forward, it is proven highly effective in ‘difficult to change’ circumstances.
“…since I saw you [bespoke practitioner] last a lot has changed, I have not been in any fights [at school], I have only had 1 detention [25 last time], I am not getting bullied, I have made some new good friends, I stop and think a lot more…….. I am happier” – child, secondary school, age 13 (previously refusing school)
Solution Focused Practice can be used in a planned series of sessions with the client, or in less structured formats. Therefore, it is highly adaptive to various settings; it can also be used in supervision and to support professionals. With this in mind, it is an advantageous approach for professionals, families and children alike.
“Although the principle is simple, the delivery of the approach is often felt to be far from easy: “Solution-focused interviewing is not an easy process; it is one in which practitioners have to search as hard for the questions as their clients have to search for their answers.” NSPCC 2014
• Therapeutic Play and Arts with children and families
The ‘Bespoke Practitioners’ approach to working with children incorporates Therapeutic Play as a media to support children through communication via image and metaphor, this is an enhancement of sensory play. This is proven successful with children that are ‘hard to reach’.
Bespoke Practitioners also apply the media of using therapeutic arts to enable practitioners to support clients to gain an insight and provide an emotional landscape to see into the person’s world. These include – Art, Drama and Puppetry, Sculpture and Clay, Poetry, Sandplay, Music and Dance/Movement.
“Play and creative arts give the child the ability to learn and become absorbed in what they are doing, it is great to see a child grow in their self-worth, develop new skills and see them acknowledge their own identity!” Sarah – Managing Practitioner
Research evidences that children develop through tasting, touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, experiencing; also by watching and copying people close to them and playing. This is how language and behaviour are developed.
These approaches provide a deeper level of assessment of need and attuned approaches to identifying support needs and developing care plans. Child’s developmental needs are acknowledged, and further direction on how to best support the child can be given to parents and professionals.
All Practitioners are professionally qualified with further training in neuro-science, brain development and attachment theory alongside many other psychological, physiological and sociological approaches to supporting people.