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Therapeutic Wellbeing Service Devon

We all have times when we feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Everyone has these feelings sometimes. It can be hard to make sense of these feelings. It can be hard to know who to go to for help. For lots of young people COVID-19 has made this even harder.

We are here to support you. We will listen to your worries. The Therapeutic Wellbeing Service can help you.

What is Therapeutic Wellbeing Service Devon?

The Therapeutic Wellbeing Services (TWS for short) is a team of people who are specially trained to help young people who have a social worker with their thoughts, feelings, and mental wellbeing. They understand a lot of things about the way our mind works and how this connects to how we feel and what we do. The team are Child Adolescent Mental Health practitioners (CAMHS) who work together with your Social Worker. Together they will work out a plan to help you.

Our aim is to help you understand any emotions that make your life difficult and help you get the support you need for your wellbeing to improve.

What can I expect?

Your Social Worker will help you, your family and the TWS to work out what help you need.

One of the Practitioners may meet you, your family and your Social Worker to work out with you what support you need.

This may involve helping you to access services that already exist in your community such as counselling, or a youth project.

The practitioner can also give advice to the adults who care for and support you to help them have a better understanding of your needs and ways to support you when you have strong emotions.

It might be that through discussion with you, your parent/carers, your Social Worker and TWS practitioner it is decided that you may benefit from some therapeutic support.

Your Social Worker and TWS practitioner may need to help you access support through the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Or, one option of therapeutic support that may be suitable could be Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (LI CBT) with TWS.

What is Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (LI CBT) will involve an assessment of your needs, and then between six to eight sessions to help you build strategies to manage your thoughts and emotions. Your practitioner will work with you and your family to create goals for therapy so we can work towards positive change that lasts.

It will require practice at home outside of the sessions, but your practitioner will guide you through what’s needed.

When and where will these sessions be?

You could have sessions at school, at a health care centre or at council offices. We will ask you and your parents/carers, when and where you would like to meet with us.

Your sessions can be face to face (in person) or can be done virtually using online resources. You can be seen on your own or with parents/carers. You may prefer to be on your own. If your parents/ carers are involved, it can help to make change last.

Will I see the same person each time?

You will have the same practitioner through all your sessions so that you can build a good trusting relationship with them.

What if I don’t feel better after the LI CBT sessions?

Your practitioner and social worker will work with you and your family to plan any further support you may require. We will talk to you about what this might be.

Who can I contact to complain, compliment, give feedback or ask a question?

We want you to be happy with our service. Tell us if we have done something you have found helpful. Also tell us if you are unhappy about anything we have done. Your comments help us to improve.

You can speak to your Social Worker, Clinical Wellbeing Practitioner or email us at TWS@devon.gov.uk.

Is this confidential?

There may be times when we speak to other people about our work with you:

  • We will let your GP (family doctor) know what we agree in our first meeting.
  • Sometimes we need to speak to other people so they can help us think about what might be helpful for you. We will explain and be open about this with you and ask for you permission.
  • If we are really worried about your safety or another person’s safety, we may need to speak to someone else outside of our team.

If you have concerns in relation to mental health and emotional wellbeing, you can contact Devon’s CAMHS on 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours.

More information, support and guidance is available on our emotional and mental wellbeing page.

 

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.

Professionals should complete the MASH contact form.

If it’s an emergency call 999


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