If you are an Adoption Support Lead or Social Worker looking for assessments and treatments supported by the Adoption Support Fund, we can help.
Families can contact our child and adolescent team directly. By listening to their needs we can recommend the best treatment course and clinician for their family.
We will provide an estimate of cost for the treatment, which can be submitted by your Local Authority team to the Adoption Support Fund for approval.
Once approval from the Adoption Support Fund is given, the appointment will be confirmed. Often appointments are available within a few weeks and sometimes within a few days.
Who are Clinical Partners?
We are the UK’s largest private partnership of psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists, working across the UK.
It’s important for us that families see clinicians who are experts in the issues that the family are experiencing. Many of our clinicians have experience of working with adopted and looked after children and are able to help adoptive families overcome some of the difficulties often experienced.
Our phones are answered by qualified psychotherapists or assistant psychologists, who are able to advise on the best treatment option. They know our clinicians well, so will find the right clinician to help the families you are working with.
What services can we provide?
A Psychiatrist is needed to diagnose certain conditions.
Following a full psychiatric assessment, a report will be sent to the family.
Giving a diagnosis if possible and also recommendations for further treatments that would be beneficial. Psychiatrists are also able to prescribe medications.
Conditions commonly diagnosed by psychiatrists include:
Psychologists and Psychotherapists often do similar work but on the whole Psychologists focus on cognitive patterns and Psychotherapists will focus on emotional patterns.
Both can be extremely useful for adopted children, helping them work through previous difficulties, understand their emotions and teach them valuable, lifelong, coping skills.
Conditions that commonly benefit from psychology or psychotherapy:
- Anxiety Disorders including OCD and PTSD
- Behavioural difficulties
- Personality Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Bereavement and loss
- Adjustment issues
- Anger management difficulties
Parenting support therapists work with families to ease difficulties that are making family life hard.
Parenting support offers parents valuable space to talk about their experiences and talk about any frustrations or worries, as well as teaching vital strategies that can make a real difference to their families’ lives. When a child has received a diagnosis for a certain mental health condition, parenting support can help the parents adjust to this, understand what this means for the child and family and also teach the parenting techniques that are useful for their situation.
Family therapy can be hugely beneficial in supporting the family to work together and communicate in a healthy way. Both children and parents get a great deal from family therapy as it creates a safe space to honestly explore emotions.
If you have a family that you are working with who you think would benefit from some support, we can help. Please call 020 3761 7026 to talk to one of our qualified clinical advisors today.