Schools Programme

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Beacon House offers a range of services to schools, from whole school training packages to single case consultations. We are seeing an increasing need for schools to be creative and dynamic in the way they meet the emotional needs of their pupils.

As well as offering generic mental health input to schools, Beacon House offers a specialist ‘light touch’ attachment support service to schools who are meeting the needs of fostered and adopted children, and children with early trauma. For more information about our attachment support service please get in touch with us on 01444 413 939.

Indirect Psychological Input

Each school’s mental health programme is designed specifically to meet their needs and their current resources. A typical programme will include a range of ‘indirect’ interventions with school staff, from the Teaching Assistants through to the Headteacher and SENCO. Indirect interventions including:

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Training sessions

A range of training can be provided with the aims of (1) supporting school staff to identify the early signs of emotional difficulties and (2) skilling up staff to support the pupil in-house and (3) knowing when to bring in outside professional help. Topics we regularly train on include:

  • Low mood and anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Self-harm and dangerous behaviours
  • Behavioural problems
  • How to have difficult conversations with pupils and parents
  • Trauma and attachment
  • Nurture
  • Autistic spectrum conditions
  • Self-care and the impact of stress on the self

Consultation sessions

As part of our schools programme we offer regular consultation sessions to key members of staff around the needs of a specific pupil. The outcomes of the consultations relate to more effective ways to engage, support and nurture the pupil; all of which is hoped to increase the pupils’ ability to reach their learning potential.

Direct Psychological Input

Beacon House delivers direct psychological treatment within schools, which can often be an effective and responsive way to compliment school counselling services. Our child psychologists are able to offer specialist and evidence-based treatments for a range of simple to complex mental health needs. Treatments delivered in schools include:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • EMDR
  • Narrative therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Dramatherapy

Our psychological treatments can be offered 1:1, but can also be delivered to targeted groups of children. In a number of schools Beacon House has successfully delivered ‘coping skills’ workshops to groups of children.

Beacon House also regularly offers direct input for parents. This can be through delivering twilight or evening talks to parents on how to promote the emotional well-being of their child; or by offering direct consultation and therapeutic support to parents. At Beacon House we strongly believe that the best way to support a child’s well-being is to invite the parents’ in to be part of the solution.

Our Schools Programme is delivered by our Clinical, Counselling and Educational Psychologists as well as our very talented child psychotherapists.

Getting in touch

If you have any questions about our services please feel free to pick up the phone to us on 01444 413 939 or send us an email on admin@beaconhouse.org.uk, we welcome informal conversations about whether we are the right service for you. To make a referral please see here

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