Together Tree recognises that for some children interventions such as those that use the principles of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Therapeutic Life Story Work, and Therapeutic Play are helpful to children.
Sometimes, the need for these interventions can also be highlighted when having Theraplay® treatment. If this is identified, we would discuss the child’s needs with parents and professionals involved.
These interventions can be focused on a specific task such as:
• Helping children to develop a coherent narrative of their past.
• Preparing a child for adoption or transition to another placement.
• To give a child space to explore their thoughts and feelings.
• Keeping safe work.
• other identified need. This need can be discussed on an individual basis.
DDP is primarily a talking therapy approach, this can be used on its own or blended with Theraplay, therapeutic play and therapeutic life story work. A range of ‘tools’ can be used; puppets, sand play, small world figures - family figures, animals, vehicles, houses and fantasy figures. Drawing materials, play dough, therapeutic stories and factual stories written about a certain event such as the death of a sibling or parent or when siblings are being separated can also be helpful.
Like Theraplay, these interventions are also typically carried out with the primary caregiver present to best support the child.
Helen has been providing therapy for a couple of months for a young person in my care as a looked after child. Helen’s experience, and expertise are exceptional. Helen’s knowledge in caring for traumatised children is so extensive and she has given me tools which I will always use in my career as a foster carer. Helen has to deal with all types of behaviours and situations my young person throws at her, and every time she amazes me with her calming nature. I have no doubt that my young person and I are lucky to have Helen’s support in our lives.