Our Care

Integrated Systemic Therapy
Woodford are proud to work with Childhood First and be implementing their IST model, there are three core elements to IST:
The Elements of IST Training
Understanding of all three core elements of IST is required to support the learning and assessment, of the framework. We believe the integration of all three areas create best practice outcomes.

Delivery of psychodynamic concepts will be facilitated by an Institute practitioner.
Regular monthly clinical supervision and support will be provided to all Support Workers.
The experiential learning will be within the everyday living experiences of the work with the children and as being part of the adult/staff team. These are valuable experiences to understand the work and the relationships that are forming or exist. The IST experiential groups will be facilitated by an IST group analyst and all staff have to be engaged with the group process.
There are three main focuses within our dynamic groups:
• direct clinical practice with those present;
• emotional and psychological issues of children;
• team/organisational/staff issues: working practices, team function, team and organisational dynamics.

In terms of direct clinical practice, the dynamics groups provide a space for professional self-care. We can reflect on our feelings and practice and their impact and have that reflected back to us by our colleagues, enabling us to process the emotional and psychological effects of the work on ourselves and our impact upon others. Each can gain an understanding of our reactions in relation to the children, colleagues, clinical consultants, managers, the organisation, the wider world, and the sub-conscious positions in our own inner drama into which we habitually place these ‘others’.
The clinical oversight will be held by the IST Institute director who will meet monthly with the Woodford team including the IST group analyst and practitioners.
Our residents are encouraged to engage in creative activities, to build independence, strength and resilience. We want them to succeed in life and to discover their unique abilities and talents. We not only want them to achieve academically but to also acquire the necessary social skills to enable them to function effectively within the wider community.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment, a “talking therapy”. It aims to help young people understand how your problems began and what keeps them going.
CBT works by helping young people to link the way that you think (your thoughts, beliefs and assumptions), with how you feel (your emotions) and what you do (your behaviour

Play Therapy (In accordance with age of the child).
Play Therapy offers a safe space for children to be themselves and gives them the opportunity to use metaphor, symbolic play, stories and other forms of play to express their feelings and explore them in a safe and contained way.

Our psychotherapist will explain that she will only need to talk to their carer and or social worker about their play if she is worried that they are being hurt or if they are hurting others. (Disclosing information which evidence they put themselves at risk or other).
Art therapy will be offer in accordance with the needs of the child. This will be organised at “London Art Therapy Centre “London, WC1X 9JH
Drama Therapy – in house/outside
Equine Assisted Therapy (horse riding)
Wilderness Therapy – which is a therapeutic bush craft service provided by The Wilderness Foundation (more detailed information on request).

Our psychotherapist will work with all our staff and clinical lead group analyst to ensure staff able to use reflective practice which is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work (weekly staff group). The act of reflection is a great way to increase confidence and become a more proactive and qualified professional.