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Dacorum Education Support Centre

Dacorum Education Support Centre

Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic Services

DESC Counselling for Parents/Carers

This service is open to the parents of children and young people attending DESC or accessing DESC Outreach support

The aim of the service is to meet the needs of the parent/carer to enable them to have capacity to meet the needs of the child/young person

  • A confidential service provided by BACP registered counsellors
  • Free service
  • Open ended needs led counselling
  • Weekly sessions to meet the parent/carers’ needs 
  • Contact with GP & CMHT with client's permission

DESC Counselling for Children and Young People

This service is open to children and young people attending DESC and Dacorum schools

  • Available for all children attending DESC
  • Available to all pupils in Dacorum via schools
    • Sessions have a cost attached
    • Can be purchased on a week by week basis, removing the need to buy a term in advance
  • DESC ensures the service is responsive and avoids the need for waiting lists
  • Delivered by the DESC counselling model to enable access to affordable high quality therapeutic services
  • Increases access for Dacorum schools to counselling services whilst reducing the costs to these schools 
  • Liaises with CAMHS, parents, GP and other services as necessary

DESC CBT for Children and Young People

This service is open to children and young people attending DESC and Dacorum schools

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy works by linking the way you think (Cognitive – your thoughts, beliefs and assumptions) with what you do (your Behaviour) and how you feel (Therapy – your emotions).
  • Delivered as 10 sessions and has a cost attached.

Advanced Drawing and Talking

This service is available to children and young people attending DESC and Dacorum schools.

  • Offered to children with a past trauma or life event that is impacting them day to day.
  • It is a therapeutic approach offered before counselling as an early intervention.
  • Weekly sessions delivered by an advanced D&T Practitioner and has a cost attached.

Mental Health Worker

This service is delivered by a qualified Mental Health Nurse and is limited to those children and young people with significant mental health concerns.

  • This intervention enables an initial Mental Health assessment to be completed to determine the direction of work.
  • Sessions are delivered one to one, in school and are needs led.
  • The Mental Health Worker can signpost to alternative services and liaise with CAMHS when appropriate. 

 

If you would like to discuss any aspect of support, please contact Kathryn Girdlestone, Therapeutic Services Lead - kgirdlestone@desc.herts.sch.uk