Can a full CRRES therapeutic assessment kit be taken into schools comfortably?
Absolutely - The miniatures fit in something like an old BAS case, the craft kit in another similar sized bag and a roll of large coloured paper can be added to the usual essentials bag carrying your files and diary. I used to take along sand trays, paint and clay, but have adapted the selected activities to offer a workable range of materials for creative expression that are easily portable. For miniatures scenes (like in sand tray therapy) I put some green, yellow, brown, grey, white and blue fabrics in the miniatures case, to represent sand, water, mud, grass, sky and clouds... works really well, and without the weight or the mess!
Can a therapeutic assessment fit into a single session?
Sufficient understanding of the child/young person's emotional world is usually gained in a single therapeutic assessment session to facilitate a new intervention plan for all involved to take forward, agreed in a meeting after seeing the child. A review meeting is usually needed in several weeks time. Prior to the assessment session, at least one consultation will most likely have been undertaken with school staff, detailed information provided by them, and opportunity sought to have a preparatory conversation with a parent or carer, perhaps by phone, to gather key facts about the family context and history.
Occasionally it becomes apparent that more direct therapeutic sessions would be helpful, in which case the assessment serves to provide the basis for a new multi-modal action plan to be agreed, part of which is direct therapeutic work, using the style and medium found to be most helpful.
What age range can the CRRES Model activities be used with?
All ages - from around 4 years up to and including adulthood.
What types of special educational need is a CRRES therapeutic assessment suited for?
The CRRES model of therapeutic assessment is designed for use with children and young people who are presenting social, emotional and mental health concerns, showing any combination of distress, anxiety, low mood, persistent challenging behaviour, aggressive outbursts and social withdrawal. It can be used with students who are on the autistic spectrum, those diagnosed with ADHD, students with language disorders, moderate learning difficulties, those who have experienced adverse personal circumstances and those with sensory impairments. Its use is indicated when a child's SEMH needs are proving tricky to comprehend, when key adults in their support system are baffled, at a loss, and unable to establish productive dialogue with the child about the issues.
Does the training course equip me to train others in my team in the model?
No - the initial single day training course (level 1) equips EPs and other sufficiently qualified and experienced professionals to start applying the model in their own work with clients. After gaining experience of using all of the activities across the dimensions of therapeutic dialogue with clients, level 1 graduates can apply to join a level 2 training course. This is likely to be around 2 years after initial training.
Can I train Emotional Literacy Support Assistants to do this?
Personnel with less psychological knowledge and understanding cannot be equipped to use the CRRES Model appropriately and safely within a single day. A 3 day training course, spread over 3 months, is available for school staff who have good baseline pastoral skills, which ensures the foundations of establishing a humanistic therapeutic alliance are in place, before introducing the use of symbolism and non-directive approaches on day 3. Care must be taken to establish that non-psychologist/therapist participants are sufficiently self aware, emotionally robust and able to cope with an experiential learning model.