Clinical psychology in schools 2021/22

This service is available for Maintained schools and Academies

Description:

Clinical psychologists are directly commissioned by schools to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of children and their families.

Situated in the school one day a week, the clinical psychologist provides an early intervention service consisting of mental health focussed assessment, evidence based intervention and consultation to children and their families.

Year 
Financial year 2021/22
Benefits 
  • This service for children and families is delivered by skilled mental health practitioners in the accessible location of the school
  • This facilitates high engagement rates
  • Referrals are agreed in partnership with the school and in line with school priorities
  • Clinical psychologists are able to manage a range of mental health issues
  • The service can be accessed by children and families who may not reach thresholds for other services.
Office hours:

On commissioned days (all year round), 8.30am to 5pm.

Planned improvements:

To make the service available to interested schools and to build on the existing good practice of the service so far.

Service directors:

Carolyn Fair

More detailed information:

Reasons for referral include anxiety, sleep difficulties, bereavement and loss, depression and low mood, peer and social difficulties, anger problems, over activity and family difficulties.

Interventions in school one day a week are:

Direct work with children and families:

  • Individual mental health assessment and formulation
  • Individual therapeutic work
  • Behaviour management advice and support to parents
  • Cognitive behavioural interventions for children and families
  • Group interventions which could be small group or whole class interventions and may centre around issues such as problem solving skills training, social skills training or transition to high school
  • Family interventions
  • Multi-family groups, for parents and children to attend together in school
  • Parenting programme interventions e.g.supporting your child’s education (Webster-Stratton 2007).

Indirect work:

  • Consultation and support to school staff on mental health issues in children and multi factorial formulation of a child’s behaviour
  • Teaching and training on mental health models and issues
  • Liaison and network input to facilitate and support effective multi agency working

Staffing, delivered on 1 day over 33 weeks

Cost

Includes

7 hrs a week £19,500*
  • Individual assessment and professional report writing
  • Evidence based therapeutic work children, parents and families
  • Parenting groups
  • Consultation to staff
  • Supervision/support to staff
  • Training

*The cost of the service will be subsidised by a grant from the John Lyons Trust, reducing the actual cost to appx £14,000

Provider:

Ealing Primary Centre

Contact:
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Last updated: 15 Feb 2021