Psychological and Therapeutic Support
We will be working with Alex Johnson, Art Psychotherapist and an Accredited Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Alex has over a decade of experience working with Looked After Children in Specialist and alternative education provisions.
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Alex has conducted primary research as part of her MSc in Psychology exploring the impact of therapeutic, holistic, and creative approaches in education. As well as this Alex has delivered staff training in Trauma Informed Practice & Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND’s). She has also created programs of training for staff when Co-ordinating a post-16 education program for NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training ) young people.
In 2018 Alex went on to train as an Art Psychotherapist and is now a registered Allied Health Care Professional with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
The Trauma Recovery Model we follow, both informs and mirrors the therapeutic model she uses in her practice as an Art Psychotherapist, which is person-centred, holistic and trauma-informed.
In the first instance, Alex will provide staff training around the Trauma Recovery Model and advise Ty Caredig on how best they can embed Trauma Informed Practice into the practices of the organization. Alex can also offer further training in holistic and creative practices, SEND, and Neurodiversity, as well as experiential creative therapies workshops for the benefit of both residence and staff well-being.
Also, Alex will work with directors to identify key and essential staff training and where to best source it.
Alex will further be working with all young persons and the home manager in order to assess, formulate, and advise on the best course of mental health intervention for the young people on moving into the home in order to address any needs on the individual’s care plans and also in the future as and when necessary. This might include support with referrals to appropriate local services, or the offer of online Art Psychotherapy with Alex herself if this is appropriate for the individual.
Finally, there would be an ad-hoc drop in psychological well-being/supervision service for staff who might be experiencing difficulties specifically relating to the challenges of working with Trauma.
Alex's involvement with Ty Caredig is going to make a significant and positive contribution to the health and well being of Ty Caredig staff as well as the healing and emotional development of our young people, we warmly welcome her into the Ty Caredig family.
Further information on Alex can be found at :
Alex Creative Therapies