Our assessment-driven interventions are aimed at promoting the emotional, psychological and social health and resilience of children, adolescents, parents/carers and adults through direct individual support, groups or workshops.
Our support packages offer therapeutic, targeted and time-limited interventions in 4 or 8 session blocks. The packages can be discrete interventions, or can be informed by precursor assessments to assist with implementation of recommendations. Wherever possible, support packages are provided in relevant care environments (e.g. home and school), and with the adult care team members that surround a child/young person.
Group-Based Clinical Case Consultation
- Focused on working directly with the care team, these semi-structured, facilitated groups engage participants in reflection and creative problem solving to work on how best to implement therapeutic or trauma-informed practice with a specific child or young person, or with a group of young people in a residential care or semi-independent living home. Care teams are often made up of a variety of adults including key care staff responsible for day-to-day care, foster carer, team leader, teacher. Groups are run by Principal Consultants or Senior Consultants with clinical skills and expertise.
- Focused on working directly with individual carers to build capacity to provide therapeutic care to children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. This is achieved by identifying carer strengths and needs, with a broad consideration of the presentation of children in their care (or who will be in their care); and drawing upon this evaluation to target the development of specific parenting skills, responsiveness and self-care – elements that are critical for the provision of safe, secure, connected and reparative caregiving (e.g. understanding trauma, establishing predictability, supporting a secure communication base, supporting life story work).
- Focused on the implementation of identified Positive Behaviour Support strategies in the home and/or school context, informed by a functional behaviour assessment and plan that targets between 1-3 behaviours of concern. This intervention typically follows the R-BASS assessment and aims to educate, coach and model strategies within the system of care (e.g. home or school environments). Children and young people within the placement may participate in the sessions via observations of clinician modelling, and where developmentally appropriate, collaborative discussion that seek to invite their views, ideas and feedback on strategies and progress.
Child/Young Person Counselling
- Focused on individual support of a child or young person, informed by an understanding of their strengths and therapeutic needs. The intervention aims to support children and young people in their recovery from their traumatic experiences by targeting skill acquisition and development, and/or therapeutic counselling. Areas where support can be targeted include emotional intelligence and regulation, problem-solving, resilience, social competence and peer relationships, identity, self-esteem, grief and loss, life story work, substance use, sexualised behaviours and protective behaviours.
- Focused on working directly with parent/s to build capacity to relate and respond in a trauma-informed way to their children following experiences of abuse and neglect. This is achieved by drawing on parents’ strengths and needs as identified in a precursor assessment, with specific consideration to the trauma and resilience presentation of their children. This package focuses on capacity- building and skill acquisition targeting parent-craft, responsiveness and attunement, and self-care, to develop insight, and capacity to respond to, the relational ruptures created as a result of abuse and neglect experiences.
Restoration Support – Parent
- Provides targeted intervention to parent/s to build capacity in providing reparative care to their children who have experienced abuse and neglect specifically prior to, during and/or following reunification. This is achieved by prioritising previously identified (through a precursor parenting capacity assessment) parent strengths and needs, with specific consideration to the trauma and resilience presentation of their children and the associated restoration plan. This package focuses on capacity- building and skill acquisition that may support sustainable and safe reunification.
Restoration/Transition Support – Child or Young Person
- Focuses on directly supporting children and young people with transitions they may experience while in care (e.g. transitions relating to family contact; adjusting to placement breakdown/changes; and/or restoration to their parent/s). The intervention is informed by a precursor assessment of the child or young person’s strengths and therapeutic needs in the context of their trauma and resilience presentation; and aims to build their skills to manage or buffer any stress associated with their transition experience.
- Focused on intervention with people who may participate in contact visits with children or young people (e.g. parent/s, grandparent/s, other family members). This package provides education, coaching and/or modelling of therapeutic and reparative interactions during contact visits with consideration to the needs of the child or young person and their permanency goals, and promotes understanding of life story, personal identity, connectedness and belonging themes.
- This package is fully customised to include a combination of the above intervention packages. The number of sessions is typically negotiated depending on the type of support required.
Spots & Arrows psychologists, social workers and clinicians draw on a range of evidence-based modalities to provide a tailored intervention designed specifically to address the needs of individual clients.
Modalities may include:
- Cognitive and/or Behavioural Therapies (DBT informed; CBT; TF-CBT; TG-CBT)
- Integrated Treatment for Complex Trauma (ITCT-A; ITCT-C)
- Functional Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support
- Intensive Therapeutic Care
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Interpersonal Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
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