I am happy to accept referrals from GPs or by direct contact for either psychiatric/psychological work or equine assisted growth and development or a combination of the two.
These assessments are intended for young people identified as having “complex needs” and intended to be helpful for the young person and those caring for them.
This will provide a thorough assessment of a young person’s strengths and difficulties in a way which is both enjoyable and meaningful for that young person. At the end of the assessment the young person and those caring for and working with them will have a written “recipe” which identifies and makes evidence based recommendations for any psychiatric disorders and, more importantly, identifies practical ways of improving their physical, psychological and emotional well being within their current circumstances.
The aim is for the assessment to take place over a day in Mid-Wales. Prior to the assessment I will visit the young person in their usual environment in order to collect background information, undertake a risk assessment and plan, with them, the timetable for the assessment and what they would like for lunch. The day can include an assessment session with the horses and/or time spent in an outdoor environment as well as some sitting in a room. If it is indicated the day will include psychometric assessment which has to be done sat at a table whereas I can gather information for a psychiatric assessment in a more flexible way. I will then feed back the assessment to the young person and those working with them either in Mid-Wales or in their home (the young person’s choice). The young person would have their own copy of the assessment to keep. The assessments will not be intended for use in Court Proceedings but rather are planned to avoid an escalation of difficulties.
Day For Foster Carers:
Young children need nurturing, sensitivity and to be free from fear in order to develop in a healthy, happy way. Many of the children who need to be cared for by foster parents have not had these basic needs met with implications for their development and posing challenges for those who care for them. For some children who have suffered an adverse early environment one of the most helpful things is to have a secure, containing and nurturing substitute family. Those caring for them can feel challenged in every way – emotionally, psychologically and physically, and wonder if they are doing enough.
This day aims to add to the “tools” foster carers have available to them by helping them to enhance their skills in understanding the effects of early adversity, setting clear boundaries and connecting with the young people in their care.
We will work on the ground with horses. Lunch provided. Run by an experienced equine assisted therapist and child psychiatrist. There is provision to offer further input either to the foster carers or directly to the young people in their care if this is indicated.
Date of next day:
June 29th 2017