From a social care manager, in relation to consultations
"I only hear positives about the added value they offer and the accessibility. They reduce disruption, and carers want more. The way psychology is delivered feels empowering to social workers and carers. It doesn't take a problem away to fix, the input is collaborative and the advice concrete and practical."
Residential care home manager
"It's been really helpful to have cognitive assessments, to know what level young people are functioning at, and to be able to offer psychological screening so that we are aware of mental health issues. It's good to review all the young people each month, and to meet to discuss [the ones that cause us concern] more detail at the house. You have become a familiar face to staff and young people, and it helps that you are accessible and down to earth. The teaching you did on the team day was well received. The family consultations have also been helpful, many thanks."
Residential care staff
"I've worked here for 6 years, but the last hour has been the most helpful training I've had in that time. I wish we could just call up a psychologist and discuss the young people that we are struggling with"
"Since you talked to us, so much has just clicked into place. I wish I knew this information in time to have worked differently with the young people who have lived here before".
A skype therapy client
"My sessions have been immensely helpful - they've allowed me to think more healthily and be happier. That's not to say that sometimes it hasn't been hard work, but I can see that it's only been hard when it's been most useful."
"The whole day was great, but not long enough. It will help me engage with parents/carers in exploring childhood memories. Managers should attend this!"
"Useful and enjoyable, it will help me make links between children and parent relationships"
"Very interesting and informative. I will use the tools and knowledge I gained"
"It is helpful to see attachments from different perspectives: child, parent, carer etc. I'll use all of it. Its made me consider informing carers and prospective adopters with more info about the child's history and experiences"
"You should do days like this more often, it was very good, the day was structured really well. I really enjoyed it"
"The best thing was the practical advice on how to work with children, and tools that I can use in assessments. I will use the pack".
Social Workers who came on a training day about assessing attachment issues prior to adoptive matching gave the following average scores (out of 10)
- It was relevant to my practise: 9.5
- It was interesting: 9.75
- It was pitched at the right level: 9.58
- The activities were useful: 9.67
- The day was the right length: 9.42 (not long enough)
- I feel it will improve my practise: 9.83
More examples of feedback can be provided on request.