Wedding Systemic Practice and Theraplay. Christian Elliott Therapeutic Social Worker – Horizons, Derbyshire. Horizons.
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Christian Elliott Therapeutic Social Worker – Horizons, Derbyshire
A multidisciplinary service made up of Clinical and Educational Psychologists and Therapeutic Social Workers that specialises in providing training, consultation and therapeutic interventions to adopted children, children in care and the networks that surround them.
Horizons offers attachment based therapies such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and Theraplay.
Horizons is based at The Hub, South Normanton and covers the county of Derbyshire.
Horizons is a Derby City Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust service.
A short term structured play therapy for children, young people and their carers and parents
Interactive, play, focused and fun.
It is modelled on the natural, healthy parent-infant relationship.
Theraplay’s goal is:-
To provide a corrective emotional and behavioural experience to enhance attachment, self esteem, trust and joyful engagement with carers.
To enable parents/carers to continue their own health promoting interactions beyond the therapy room.
Theraplay is not simply a set of techniques but a way of relating to children that is positive, playful and enriching.
Useful for overactive, undirected, over-stimulated, controlling children. The fact that the therapist is in charge is reassuring, teaching the child to be in control of self, addresses inner/outer disorder.
Essential for all children. Useful for withdrawn, avoidant of contact or too rigidly structured children. Child is focused on in an intense personal way to make an attuned connection. Goal is child is ‘seen’ and ‘felt’. Child is shown surprises can be fun and enjoyable.
NURTURE Useful for overactive, aggressive or pseudo mature
children. Meets with child’s younger needs, helps the
child to relax and let themselves be taken care of, builds inner representation that the child is valued and
CHALLENGE Useful for withdrawn, timid or rigid children. Enables
child to take appropriate risk to promote feelings of
confidence and competence. Activities are fun and
require a partnership.
With drawn and unhappy children become more outgoing and self-confident.
Overactive and aggressive children become more calm and cooperative.
Children benefit from more loving, nurturing and attuned care giving.
How to engage and enjoy intimate attached relationships.
Children benefit from being understood.
- Secure attachment
- Insecure avoidant (dismissive)
- Insecure ambivalent (preoccupied)
- Insecure disorganised