Services for Schools

Simon’s training and experience as a Teacher, Educational Psychologist and CBT Therapist puts him in a unique position when providing psychological services to schools to support pupil wellbeing and welfare as well as the well-being of staff.

Range of Services:

Therapeutic Work
1 in 8 children and young people aged 5 – 19 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder (ONS 2018) – that’s three children in every class of 24 and the National Children’s Society (Good Childhood Report 2018) reports that 1 in 6 young people have self-harmed in the last year. However, many children and young people don’t access or seek support from CAMHS or other health practitioners. If untreated, many continue to have mental health problems into adulthood and these difficulties have a dramatic impact on their development and may limit their life-chances.

Simon is a Specialist Educational Psychologist who is able to work with a wide variety of mental health problems experienced by young people including: Anxiety, Low Mood, Self-harm, Anger, Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is experienced in working therapeutically in schools and is able to liaise effectively with relevant staff to provide information on progress.

Simon is experienced in delivering group-based therapeutic activities. These are effective with children and young people and can be tailored to meet the mental wellbeing needs of the school population.

Supervision

Anyone in contact with a child has an impact on that child’s mental health and psychological well-being. The challenge for us all is to remember that and to be able to respond if things start to go wrong

Jo Davidson, Chair of National CAMHS Review 2008

Children and young people form close bonds with the staff they come into daily contact with at school and frequently choose them when they need to confide in someone. A confident and appropriate response from staff at such times ensures that problems are dealt with effectively early on without the need to involve external professionals. However, even experienced members of staff can feel overwhelmed when a young person’s mental health is affected, causing a loss in confidence in their own ability to provide support.

In the form of regular meetings, supervision provides additional support to adults working with young people experiencing difficulties, ensuring they have the necessary skills and knowledge to respond or the ability to recognise when referral to a specialist agency is necessary.

Simon is currently providing monthly one-hour supervision sessions to a range of professionals across the West Midlands.

Staff Well-being Workshops

The importance of staff well-being is becoming increasingly recognised in all employment sectors. In education, the effects of emotional exhaustion and burnout are seen in the high numbers of teachers leaving the profession within the first five years. These Staff Well-being Workshops are an evidence-based intervention using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – a cognitive behavioural therapeutic model used by psychologists and therapists across the world to bring about positive change for people. ACT processes help to:

  • Improve emotional health and well-being;
  • Untangle from work-related worry during evenings and weekends;
  • Gain further clarity about personal values – about what is important in life;
  • Engage in actions and life-patterns that are consistent with values;
  • Learn mindfulness skills; and
  • Develop effective strategies to help cope with, and be less controlled by, unwanted or unhelpful thoughts and feelings.

The ACT for Staff Wellbeing course has been extensively researched in the UK, Sweden and the USA over the last two decades. This research, involving nurses, government employees and teachers, has consistently shown a significant and positive effect on the general mental health of participants. The most recent studies are demonstrating the effectiveness of this ACT intervention for decreasing emotional distress and work-related exhaustion or burnout.

The Training is delivered over four, two-hour skills training workshops and is suitable for staff experiencing high levels of stress as well as those who are interested in improving their well-being more generally – whether in the workplace or in their lives outside work.

Service Level Agreements

Simon can be booked for 1 or 2 sessions per day for a minimum of one term, negotiated in advance of the term start date and paid for in advance per term. (Please note, prices stated below are for the academic year 2019-20

1 session (3.5 hours from 08:30 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 16:30) – £270

Simon can be booked per term at the following rates:

One term, 12 sessions (*) – £3,240
One visit per week
Dates booked in at the start of term
Payable in advance in full

One term, 12 double sessions (*) – £6,480
One visit per week
Dates booked at the start of term
Payable in advance in full

* Any additional direct or non-direct work taking place outside of a session (ie, assessment interpretation, report writing etc.) will be charged at an hourly rate of £80 and invoiced for separately.

Clients

Nunnery Wood High School – Spetchley Road, Worcester

Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College – Timberdine Road, Worcester

Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form Centre – Briar Mill, Droitwich Spa

Malvern College – College Road, Malvern

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