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Changing Minds work with children, young people and their families, providing a range of services including comprehensive psychological assessments, psychological therapy for children and their families, and psychological consultation with professionals and senior leadership teams working with young people.

 

We offer services for a variety of organisations including:

  • Local authorities
  • Pre and post adoption support services (including those funded through the Adoption Support Fund)
  • Mental health services
  • Foster care and residential care provision
  • Organisations supporting care-experienced young adults
  • Schools, colleges and further education settings (including alternative educational provision)
  • Youth offending and criminal justice services
  • Independent providers
  • Charitable and voluntary organisations
 

“Thanks to the help and support we have received from Changing Minds…we don’t just have the inner strength to continue, but the techniques to use to address issues in a more effective manner. As a result, our home life is a much calmer and happier place for us and our children to be.”
(Adoptive parent)

What We Offer

Psychological assessment
Support for parents
Therapeutic intervention
Looked After Children's Services
Adoption services
Education services
Specialist trauma services
Organisational support

Psychological assessment

Bespoke assessments for children, young people, and families experiencing social or psychological difficulties.

Our assessments include a formulation (clear understanding) of the current difficulties, comment on any risk presented, and recommendations for further (therapeutic) intervention and management of risk.

Assessments focused upon a range of needs including: cognitive difficulties, executive functioning, attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, specific areas of risk, and social communication difficulties. Please contact us to discuss further.

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Support for parents

Clear evidence-informed guidance focusing on building a strong parent-child relationship, methods for nurturing positive behaviours from your child, and techniques to improve their self-esteem and peer relationships.

Our bespoke interventions are tailored to match your child’s individual needs. We offer individual sessions, courses, and groups for parents and carers to help understanding in relation to your child’s behaviour, the impact of parenting on your own health, therapeutic parenting strategies, and how to support your child to develop their emotional, attentional, and social skills.

Advice from a psychologist to think about your child’s needs (including emotional, social, behavioural, or educational), to understand what might be influencing your child’s behaviour, and think about how best to support them.

This may include understanding your concerns and exploring what you are already doing, developing additional strategies to further support your child and undertaking a more detailed assessment or therapeutic intervention if required. We can also offer advice and support in engaging with your child’s school or educational provision.

Supporting parents through pregnancy, with ‘being a parent’, and the challenges that this can cause for your own mental health, family relationships, transitions, and changes. This can include support for mothers, fathers, or other family members.

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Therapeutic intervention

Following a comprehensive psychological assessment of need, we can offer a range of ‘evidence based’ psychological interventions that include:

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Looked After Children's Services

Bespoke packages of support for services working with children and young people in care, including foster care, residential care, and services supporting care-experienced young people.

This can include, for example, psychological consultation in relation to aspects of care and intervention planning, therapeutic parenting, safeguarding, and risk management; case consultation and the facilitation of multi-agency meetings with regard to complex cases; specialist training in attachment and trauma, and the impact of this on children and young people’s relationships, placement stability, and current behaviours; and support with the development of outcomes frameworks and the collation of outcomes data.

We can also provide consultation and strategic support for senior management on developing a psychologically informed framework of care (drawing from attachment/trauma theories) and service delivery.

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Adoption services

Psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention for adopted children, their parents, and carers informed by a number of therapeutic approaches such as therapeutic parenting (parenting with PACE), Theraplay® , Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP). This work for adopted children and their families can be funded through the Adoption Support Fund.

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Education services

Training and consultation for staff on child development and mental health, and targeted consultations with staff to support them in their work with individuals and specific groups of young people.

We also offer workshops for children and parents in relation to (for example) understanding emotions and mental health, relationships, bullying, and coping with exam pressure. We offer complex case formulation and strategic work with senior managers in developing a whole-school approach to improving emotional wellbeing, promoting attainment, and developing trauma and attachment-aware schools.

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Specialist trauma services

Strategic support for organisations working with clients or situations involving complex trauma responses and the development of ‘trauma aware’ and trauma-responsive organisations.

This may include advice in relation to responding to traumatic incidents, strategic responses to individual and organisational impact of trauma, and the development and implementation of a trauma-informed framework of care.

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Organisational support

Specialist psychological consultation and clinical supervision for individuals, groups, and organisations who work with children, young people, and families with complex needs.

This collaborative process aims to enhance strategic planning, service delivery and clinical practice through promoting psychological understanding at individual, team, and organisational levels.

Specialist training for multi-agency audiences within a variety of health, social care, education, and criminal justice settings. Our training covers a range of areas including:

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“Changing Minds is a fairly small organisation that provide an excellent service. They have a strong value base and operate with integrity and efficiency. I can highly recommend them.”
(Strategic manager for children in care, local authority)

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Our Framework

Investing in People, Sustaining Performance

The Performing Well framework promotes understanding distress in the context of our experiences and enables effective psychological support for children, their families, and their support network.

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Trusted Statement

Our core clinical and high performance services are provided by highly qualified Practitioner Psychologists, educated to Master’s or Doctoral level, who are registered to practice through the Health and Care Professions Council, and chartered by the British Psychological Society.

We work closely with local authorities to promote the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults at all times. All our staff are enhanced DBS cleared.

We draw on expertise from within the fields of Clinical, Counselling, Forensic, and Sport and Performance Psychology.

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We recognise that everyone is unique, so for a bespoke package of our psychological services tailored to meet your needs, please get in touch...