Milieu Therapy: Living in a living-learning environment
Humans are social creatures, and children and young people grow and develop in a social context. When their psychosocial environment answers their needs, children thrive. Sadly, many children in care have experienced something very different from this. Many children being looked after by local authorities have multiple, complex and enduring needs, perhaps compounded by difficult behaviours. These children need more than just looking after; they need and deserve the commissioning of evidence-based therapeutic services that can meet their therapeutic needs.
In part, this may be through providing individual therapy, but we should not ignore the power and influence of the psychosocial environment around the child. Truly therapeutic placements develop this approach too…changing the child’s daily, living-learning to become supportive of emotional, psychological and behavioural change.
Chris Taylor can help your organization deliver a holistic therapeutic approach and develop and deliver behavioural change models based on the meaning of behaviour for the child through professional training, case consultation, workshops and clinical supervision for key staff members.
Chris has worked with a psychosocial approach for over twenty-five years, developing and delivering therapeutic environments. His book A Practical Guide to Caring for Children and teenagers with Attachment Difficulties is rooted in the firm understanding that a planned therapeutic environment supports us to develop understanding with the child of their current difficulties, especially in interpersonal relations, and allows the relationship with us to become a secure base, building enough trust to explore current relationships.
Chris has been a peer reviewer for therapeutic communities belonging to The Community of Communities (RCP) and has been involved in a working group revising the Therapeutic Communities Standards (Children and Young People) with The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities. Organizations that want to develop a planned-environment approach can contact Chris to discuss their needs.