Description of activity
The clinical psychologists are part of the Emotional Health Service and provide assessment and therapeutic services for children aged 0 - 18 with a range of emotional and behavioural issues that are secondary to their disability or complex needs.
The presenting concerns might include difficulties with regulating attention, sleeping, feeding, emotional outbursts and/or aggression, accidental self-harming, inappropriate sexualised behaviour, highly ritualised or compulsive behaviour as well as difficulties with learning new skills. These difficulties cannot be resolved through generic services.
After initial assessment, the child and family will have access to psychological interventions which broadly fit within a cognitive behavioural model. These might include: consultation with other teams within the service, psycho-education around the developmental and emotional needs of the child, parenting skills work, individual and family-based cognitive behaviour therapy, home-based intensive behavioural programmes (as part of a multi-agency intervention), as well as therapeutic support for families in their adjustment to their child’s disability.
Short term work with young people and their families may involve four to six consultation sessions plus consultation to the professional networks supporting the child.
The clinical psychologists also work as part of the Social Communication Assessment Team (SCAT) carrying out neuro-developmental and psychometric assessments.
Referrals: Referrals to the service are made by professionals working within the Integrated Service for Children with a Disability (ISCD), such as social workers or health professionals.