Who comes to the TRC?

The children who come to the sessions, whether group or individual sessions, are here because there are unprocessed experiences which are having an effect on their daily lives. Violet Oaklander, who is well regarded as a pioneering child therapist wrote;

‘When we keep too many things inside, we get blocked, tied up in knots, and it’s hard to grow fully and feel strong within ourselves.’

We have clients from all ages, and individual sessions can be offered to 3-25 year olds.

To refer a child or young person to the TRC:

1. E-mail into admin to say that you’d like to refer, or request a conversation if you are not sure if a child/ young person meets our criteria.

2. You will be sent an initial enquiry form to outline the issues and basic contact details, which we ask you to return.

3. There is a current waiting list of about 3 months for our therapy service for which there is no set charge. If there is funding to cover the cost of therapy we may be able to allocate a space sooner in our funded spaces.

4. When there is a space available we will contact you to arrange an initial appointment to discuss the referral further and for you to find out more about the therapy and support that we provide.

5. This initial appointment will assess if therapy is appropriate and the colour of trauma according to our colour coding system. This colour will the determine which therapist works with the child / young person. We match the client appropriately with the level of experience and specific expertise of our therapists. We will carry out assessments using measures such as strengths and difficulties questionnaires (SDQs) and trauma symptom checklist tools (TSCYC).

6. The session time of therapy will be arranged, and you will bring the child to meet the therapist for their first session.

7. There will be an assessment period for 4-6 sessions after which a therapeutic plan will be put in place with aims of what the therapy will achieve. This will be reviewed regularly.

8. When the aims have been met the therapy will come towards an appropriate ending over several weeks. On average we see children engage in therapy for a minimum total of 12 weeks and up to 3 years.

9. The child/ young person may continue to attend TRC therapeutic mentoring groups to continue building resilience and confidence in a group of peers. Older children are offered referral to a mentoring group.


Referring a child or young person to Oakside Creative Education Centre

If your school has a pupil that might benefit from the work of Oakside Creative Education Centre, please email admin@trc-uk.org or fill in the contact form.

When an enquiry is made we will invite the school or referrer to complete an initial enquiry from. Following this, we will invite the school or referrer, parent / carer and the young person to an initial meeting with the therapy team where we will discuss:

The reasons for the referral.
- Difficulties the young person may be facing and their individual needs.
- Show them the facilities at the centre.
- Starting therapy at TRC therapy centre.
- When a child or young person is securely engaged with therapy at the TRC therapy centre, will invite the school or referrer, parent / carer and the young person to an induction meeting to discuss:

The expectations of the student.
- An individualised education and therapeutic plan and timetable.
- Working collaboratively with the school or referrer and with parents or carers.
- At the end of this meeting, the school / referrer will complete the referral paperwork.
- The young person will then be invited to start Oakside.


Who would benefit?

As an alternative education provider, our client group are those young people who:

  • Work better as part of a smaller group
  • Need extra attention due to low self-esteem
  • Have suffered from a traumatic event
  • Are school phobic
  • Have been excluded or are at risk of exclusion from mainstream school
  • Are disaffected

‘Children who are in trauma will be less likely to be able to fully engage in learning. The brain of the child who is traumatised is chronically engaged in survival mode. Because of this preoccupation with managing risk, the child’s brain’s capacity and opportunities to develop the brain’s neural networks and systems involved in learning are severely compromised…The vision for Oakside is that in the atmosphere of a safe place, with empathetic, specially trained teachers, small classes and a creative environment, the children and young people will feel safe enough to learn, enquire and engage.’

Betsy de Thierry – Founder and Director of the Trauma Recovery Centre