Therapy at Amberleigh Care draws on a mixture of disciplines including CBT and psychodynamic approaches. The dominant framework for treatment is the Good Lives Model and the structure consists of individual, weekly sessions with each of our young people, together with group work programmes tailored to the needs of each community. This is supported by structured consultation with the staff teams.
Our staff training programmes are developed in accordance with the Therapeutic Community Practitioner Competencies.
Our settings operate as formal therapeutic communities which means there is deliberate use of the environment and theoretically informed use of relationships in every aspect of day to day routines as part of the therapeutic milieu. This is a highly structured and reflective approach built on a strong evidence base. As such we invest in a range of systems and structures to support and develop this working model - primarily through our memberships of The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities and the Royal College of Psychiatrists quality improvement network, Community of Communities.
Therapeutic plans are informed by independent forensic psychiatric assessments and relevant psychometric measures. In addition, therapeutic sessions give the boys an opportunity to explore their harmful or inappropriate sexualised behaviour during their life experiences, along with attachment issues that have contributed to their offending.