"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it is our job to share our calm, not join the chaos."

- L. H. Knost

Interventions with Residential and Foster Care

Psychological perspective

Having a Psychological perspective of Residential Childcare develops a therapeutic care environment by supporting the following:

  • The development of consciously competent practice.
  • A positive team morale.
  • Group living that is underpinned by emotional and physical safety.
  • Practitioner competence in using developmental assessments for formulation of young people’s presenting needs and for strength based care planning.
  • Practitioners understanding of specific activities and interventions that underpin healthy child development and aid recovery from trauma

These need to work in conjunction with the philosophy, values, ethos, policies and procedures of the residential placement. 

Services offered by ISM staff teams

ISM offers following services: In depth Training  on wide range of topics and Reflective Consultations. Contact us to discuss which service will be most beneficial for you and your stuff.



ISM provides training on the following:

  • Attachment
  • Developmental trauma
  • Assessment skills and care planning
  • Applying counselling skills in RCC
  • Controlling anger & regulating emotions
  • Behaviour management in group settings
  • Risk Taking behaviour in young people
  • Building resilience in young people
  • Self-care for working with complex trauma
  • Understanding diagnoses and link to behaviour

To read in more detail about each of training and their learning outcomes click here.

Reflective Consultations

The role of the Psychologist or Psychological Therapist in Reflective Consultation is to build a therapeutic relationship with Residential Childcare Team in order that they can individually and as a team reflect and develop the following:

  • An understanding of their thoughts and feelings, exploring how these contribute to the relationships and behaviours within the placement.
  • Consider the views and motives of others.
  • Recognise that prior experience and thoughts can interact to produce a current behaviour and ‘way of doing things’.
  • Recognize that a personal frame of reference can change by gaining new information and reviewing ideas.
  • Feel secure enough to explore insecurities, mistakes, questions and difficulties to learn from experience.
  • A recognition of their strengths.
  • Enhancement of professional development and self-empowerment.

To learn more about reflective practice click here.

MH North Ayrshire Council (Saturday, May 23 15 02:07 pm BST)

This will make me look at my practice

I really enjoyed the Applying Introductory Counselling Skills in Residential Childcare course, this will make me look at my practice when dealing with young people.

Marion Hannan (Tuesday, December 08 15 05:40 pm GMT)

Trainer was excellent

The course helped give me a better insight into why young people engage in risk taking behaviour. It also confirmed for me that i am doing all that i can to support the young people in my care. The
Trainer was excellent and spoke on a level that i understood

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ISM Psychological Services
19B South Bridge Street
EH48 1TR

Office - 01506 243002
Sharron - 07720 707673
Martin - 07833 918276
Office Hours 9.30am - 5.00pm