NHS – Every Mind Matters
The NHS website – Every Mind Matters
I trust you are all well and navigating this period of time as we move from the summer months into autumn in as positive a manner as possible.
I will admit I have found this last month or so more stressful that I can remember the same period being in the past. In some ways this is to be expected when considering the unprecedented nature of the last 6 months, but having my children start primary and secondary school respectively, I have been distracted by my own sense of historic and personal fear around change.
Change is something our brains are not very well adapted or geared towards doing very well, survival being the main goal, which likes things to be predictable, something 2020 has certainly not been.
In light of this I felt it helpful to look out for some resources that could assist us all in developing making positive changes.
The NHS have set up a new website called “Every Mind Matters”
There is a significant amount of resources all on one accessible website. These include APP’s that can assist in developing healthy choices with specific videos on how to deal with unhelpful thoughts etc. there are different sections for children, teenagers and us older folk.
I am hopeful that all you therapeutic fostering households out there will find the resources as helpful and insightful as I have
Therapeutic Parenting Lead at Regional Foster Families
I am the fostering agency Therapeutic Parenting Lead (DDP informed) and started my counselling training in 2011 becoming fully qualified in 2016. I have worked for the agency for the last 13 years.
My qualifications in respect of therapy are an advanced diploma in integrative counselling which is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) whom I remain a registered member with.
I spent three and a half years volunteering at Personal Recovery Services as part of my training, an organisation that specialised in working with historic sexual abuse, working with both adults and teenagers.
I have consequently gone on and trained in Level 1 and 2 of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).
I have worked in various roles in the social care field specifically with looked after children for the past 20 years. I was a deputy team manager of a specialist (children’s) outreach team dealing with crisis interventions, a deputy residential home manager, an NVQ assessor (up to level 4 management), a trainer in dealing with challenging behaviour, drug awareness and therapeutic parenting.
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