Caldecott Therapy - Working with Trauma
The Caldecott Foundation has a long-standing tradition of caring for children who have suffered pervasive trauma and attachment disruption throughout their early lives. The child’s trauma experiences have often resulted in a fragmented and punitive self-concept, and internal worldcharacterised by fear, anxiety, sadness and anger. These feelings are expressed through distrust in relationships and in the world in general, displayed through a variety of challenging behaviour, including impulse towards flight/fight/freeze behavioural responses to manage overwhelming emotional affect.
Many of the children we care for have missed out on safe, consistent and nurturing relationships to guide them through their developmental progression, often causing them to be cautious in trusting that future relationships can provide the containment and emotional nourishment they require.
To address these trauma symptoms The Caldecott Foundation provides a safe, containing and facilitative therapeutic environment, in which all staff are trained in attachment informed, psychodynamic therapeutic care theory and practice, and are supported through regular Mentalisation consultation, to understand the meaning inherent in the child’s behaviour, so to respond in an attuned and reflective manner to meet the child’s emotional, psychological and behavioural needs, as they change through their individual therapeutic and developmental process.
To ensure continuity of therapeutic focus across all areas of the child’s life, an individualised integrative treatment plan is completed, to guide intervention, and reviewed every six months to ensure treatment efficacy longer term. This plan is informed via extensive reading of background information, observations of the child in all contexts of their life, and is augmented through a range of assessment protocols/scales relevant to the child’s unique trauma experience, behavioural presentation and assessed therapeutic needs.