Counselling and Therapy
It is an upsetting reality that children are not immune to the psychological and emotional traumas in the world around them. More sophisticated research and training has brought a greater awareness of just how deeply social issues are felt by even the youngest children in our society. However, the positive news is that, whilst our awareness of this issue has increased, so has the repertoire of tools and techniques available for therapeutic support.
YMCA Trinity Group can offer help in the form of a range of trained and registered therapists or counsellors. The techniques used will be applicable to the age or understanding of the young person – including play and art therapy or other creative therapeutic techniques for younger children. Secondary school ages may benefit more from talking therapies. In each case, a consultation with the school will help to determine the best course of action and the most appropriate therapist for the task.
Since its inception in 2016:
- We have supported over 1700 children and young people with clinical interventions
- We have provided clinical support to over 100 schools and settings
- 76% of clients show improvement following clinical support
‘[The counsellor] made her feel really comfortable. When she realised he was male she was hesitant but really enjoyed the session and said he was the first counsellor that she feels is really listening to her.’ – Secondary school
We offer a flexible approach to accessing counselling and therapy support either through our credit system or day rate programme.
Credits allows settings to access services on a sessional basis as required. This is popular for settings that aren’t sure what they need, or if budget constraints do not allow for longer-term support.
In order to meet national standards and to provide clarity in service costs, the following list explains how a typical referral for counselling or therapy would be dealt with:
- An assessment of the child – using evidence-based impact measurement tools (1 session)
- Perspectives from Teachers and Carers
- An initial number of therapy sessions (usually a minimum of 12 for Primary/Special Schools and 5 for
- Flexibility in the contract to offer additional sessions dependant on the needs and circumstances of the individual*
- A follow up assessment and/or feedback session for teachers/carers
- Sessions last a maximum of 50 minutes – some younger children may require shortened sessions
- 1 credit per session – which includes the assessment and feedback sessions
- 1-2 credits per school/setting for a formal review by a trained therapist/counsellor to discuss young people’s needs and progress (covering all young people)
- Optional use of additional credits for drop-in sessions, additional reports, or attendance at staff/service meetings
*Needs will vary for each child and some young people may require more than others. 3 or more referrals will automatically require 2 credits
- Read our list of Frequently Asked Questions (928KB, PDF)
Read details of how to access support and credit prices
Day Rate programme – More support, more value!
As an alternative to the credit based system, our Day Rate programme is designed to meet your needs by providing you with access to a designated clinical professional therapist or counsellor for the whole academic year using a holistic approach.
In order to understand your needs, there is an option to start by having a 2-day whole school wellbeing consultation programme inclusive of the Day Rate cost. This involves a self-assessment of current provision, and a series of consultations with school staff and students to develop an audit based on a model created in partnership with local statutory services. We will also provide a range of tools and resources on our whole school wellbeing page to help you create a ‘blueprint’ for mental health provision.
The consultation will run alongside direct support, and the action plan can be used to help develop tailored solutions to address your setting’s needs.
As part of the day rate programme, your allocated therapist or counsellor can provide the following services as mutually agreed:
- 1-2-1 Therapy or counselling for pupils, staff and/or parents
- 1-2-1 Mentoring for pupils who have low level needs
- Group work for pupils to build resilience
- Awareness workshops for students
- Drop-ins for pupils, parents or staff
- Peer support sessions
- Assessments and observations
- Summary reports
- Referrals to other services where appropriate
- Regular update meetings
By committing to a full academic year, we are able to provide you with savings of up to 26% when compared to the credit system, and offer a huge amount of added value through our partner reward scheme.
‘The impact of the day rate programme has been significant. Not only does the counsellor adapt to the needs of the school, but she helps me in my pastoral role when I want to talk through cases. We really hope to extend provision even further next year as it has been so successful.’ – Safeguarding lead, Secondary school
‘When I was angry, you (therapist) helped me. I don’t stomp out of the classroom so much anymore. I liked coming here (YMCA) because it helped me; like I’m not running out of the classroom anymore.’ – Pupil, primary school
- One stop shop for all of your mental health needs – no need to spend time and money researching multiple providers
- Create a positive well-being culture using a whole school approach to improve educational outcomes
- Meet Ofsted and DfE guidelines about mental health and wellbeing provision
- Access to a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation process to help assess need and measure impact
- Quality assurance from a trusted and local authority approved provider using evidence based approaches
- Support to access statutory services and resources
- Access to a range of tools, resources and clinical advice to sustain and embed provision
- Clinical support and interventions provided by fully trained and clinically supervised professionals on a regular basis – reducing the burden on pastoral teams
- Independent management of provision and recruitment
- Ability to increase the skills and knowledge of staff through a locally approved mental health training competency framework
- Discounts on a range of bespoke mental health training courses, plus FREE Level 2 accredited distance learning awards
- Economies of scale – 26% savings compared to sessional support
- Flexible payment options and provision
Plus much much more!