High-support therapeutic services now available for young people aged 16 and over

Silver Birch Care is proud to announce the opening of our new high-support therapeutic services for young people aged 16 and over, available at various locations throughout London and Cambridgeshire. Staff within our high-support therapeutic services have specialist training in the use of inclusive therapeutic approaches and interventions, all specifically designed to assist young people in recognising and accepting, rather than avoiding, responsibility for their behaviour.

Building strong relationships is key throughout the therapeutic process, and for many young people this can provide a level of care and stability they may have not previously experienced. The connection young people make with our experienced and highly skilled Key Workers is important and often forms the basis of their ability to make positive changes in their lives.

We have access to a number of therapeutic interventions, all of which are based on proven methods of treatment that work effectively for young people who may be experiencing issues such as attachment, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, or self-harming behaviour. Our new services aim to provide psychological assessment and therapeutic support, alongside psychological consultation, assessment and therapeutic interventions for young people with complex and challenging needs. This therapy takes an integrative approach, ensuring that all young people get the right support, at the right time, using the right therapeutic approaches.

Very soon after admission, each young person will take part in a psychological assessment which is conducted by a psychologist, and enables us to understand the young person’s immediate needs. At this assessment we will identify any acute mental health difficulties, adverse childhood experiences, substance misuse, suicidal ideation, or self-harming behaviour. We will also work together with the young person to determine how they feel we can best support them. This assessment will then inform multi-disciplinary decision-making around treatment planning.

We use the BERRI assessment tool throughout the young person’s time in our care, providing us with reliable outcome metrics that enable us to evidence the difference they are making in their lives. The BERRI assessment framework focuses on the following areas of development; Behaviour, Emotional wellbeing, Risk (to self and others), Relationships, Indicators (of psychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions). BERRI identifies needs and tracks progress in complex young people, provides a measure of efficacy, targets and tracks specific concerns, and provides overview data about each individual young person.

Our staff come from a range of professional backgrounds, which allows us to take a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to supporting the young people in our care – these include psychology, social work, social care, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, and art/play therapy. All staff are registered with relevant professional bodies in accordance with their remit within our service.