Ethos and Philosophy

Our Aims of Our Therapeutic Units and Objectives to be attained

The aims of each Therapeutic Unit are to:

  • To provide a unique therapeutic service that will be delivered by qualified practitioners
  • To prepare service users with Emotional behavioural difficulties to live within the community
  • Provide care for those service users with Learning disabilities (Autism) and Mental Health issues
  • To provide a safe and caring nurturing therapeutic environment
  • To provide opportunity for change to each service user
  • To provide an effective keywork system as it is evident that this relationship can work well for service users and sometimes is the way forward with developing the first attachment with an adult that will not be abusive to them
  • Effective assessments and recording systems
  • Successful integration and positive transition into the community for service users
  • Daily meetings (One in the morning and one in evening)
  • Life story work
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and sessions
  • Provide opportunities for activities and participation in experiences which will enhance the quality of life of the service user, to enable them to build stronger social networks and reduce social isolation
  • In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008
  • In line with Mental Capacity Act 2005

Philosophy and Ethos of the Unit

The standard of care practice and ideologies are firmly in the combined theories of psychodynamic therapy, person centred, and a behaviourist and a cognitive perspective. We use psychodynamic perspective to explore and understand past history and helping the practitioners understand why a service user behaves and responds in a particular way; the consultant assists the practitioner team and tangible ways to help and to enable the service user to become integrated with the aim for the service users to move on in their development philosophy is carried through in practice by offering the service users in the unit the opportunities to experience a therapeutic milieu and a variety of leisure activities and excursions that enable them to build on their social skills, team spirit and personal development.

The service users can develop confidence in their abilities to achieve and this can affect other areas in their lives like personal development, keywork sessions, care planning and emotional development and growth.

It is hoped that, when the service users have spent time with us they will learn the value of respect for themselves and other people. They will have been challenged developmentally and emotionally to reflect upon their past and develop positive alternative strategies to replace existing negative responses to stress and deal with the new challenges that they will face next in life.

Therapeutic techniques undertaken at each of our Therapeutic Units

In line with the philosophy and ethos our practice is as near to a homely environment as possible, subscribes to the psychodynamic theories and the behaviourist perspective following the perspectives by Bowlby and Winnicott. The importance is the relationships that service users hold with the adults that care for them and that the development of trust and meaningful non-abusive relationships will be positive changes and development.
Individual work with service users through weekly keyworker sessions and CBT sessions can be undertaken if deemed appropriate, but generally an eclectic approach is used and developed upon the individual needs of the service user at any given time and linked to the nature of the issue being addressed.

Practitioners also incorporate a cognitive behavioural approach when implementing behaviour management plans through to a much more psychodynamic therapeutic approach when discussing issues relating to relationships break downs or family contact issues.

Informal group work is undertaken during normal routine running of the units and practitioners are aware of issues of group development and group dynamics. Where problems need to be solved by the group or the issues to be addressed such as integration, the practitioners may employ development group work techniques.

Facilities and Service Provided

We at Independence-Development Ltd provides the following within each unit:

  • High practitioner ratio
  • Medium size units
  • Living facilities for high level of needs/close full-supervision
  • Comprehensive assessments for each service user undertaken by our clinical team
  • Therapeutic relationships, working with the service user to form strong and stable attachments between adults (practitioners) and the service user as a prerequisite for the development of trust and meaningful changes and developments needs for improving the service user’s life chances
  • Comprehensive reports, report keeping of day to day events and incidents
  • Transportation to and from contact visits
  • Activities and excursions
  • Behavioural reward system
  • Weekly Keywork sessions (can be twice a week if required)
  • CBT approach in resolving issues and working pass emotional difficulties experienced by the service user
  • Behavioural Management Individual programmes directly developed for each service users
  • A,B,C Behavioural Chart which enables behaviours and frequencies monitored, to what triggers this behaviours (i.e. emotional violent / aggressive behaviours.
  • Individual Therapeutic Care Plan
  • Providing education through ASDAN awards which Brooklyn is a registered ASDAN Centre in March 2015, offering Diploma’s and Short course for all service users of all abilities.