Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People in Schools
Mounting publicity in the press and on television tells us that all is not well with some of the young people inside our schools, as well as in life in general. It is against the labels of ‘disaffection’ and ‘exclusion’ that different groups of people have stepped in to intervene in an attempt to help.
One such group is Pegasus Educational Psychotherapy Services. It is headed by ex-teacher, psychotherapist Sue Washington, who in the past headed a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) training and registering Member Organisation, Centre Training International School of Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (CTISHP). Running the four-year post-graduate training for UKCP validation, and running a Post Graduate Diploma in Working with Children and Young People put her in a good position for forming the company and helping place well qualified psychotherapists, in placements up and down the country.
Work can be carried out in three categories:-
- School pupils
- Parents of pupils
- School staff.
Work carried out by the therapists is varied. It can be carried out with individual children to address problems – and this is seen as being most effective. It can be carried out with individual parents, pairs of parents, or groups of parents using the Peace of Mind™ programme that is separately accredited by Liverpool John Moores University as part of the MA in Special Educational Needs. The therapist is very capable of working with adults, and in working with school staff, can save the school a considerable amount of money in what may have been paid to supply workers. Although most schools are insured against this eventuality, it is from this pot that Pegasus maintains that it pays for itself and help the school make a profit!
Each psychotherapist is taken on by the school for a placement of (say) a day per week on a six-week trial. The work is then assessed and has been monitored by Liverpool University Department of Education since 1999 before its closure, and is now monitored by Liverpool John Moores University department of Education.
The report below is of the therapeutic intervention by Sue Washington herself which took place at Speke Community Comprehensive School between January and May in 1999. Bob Spalding of the Department of Education, University of Liverpool, carried out the evaluation, which is available on request.