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The psychotherapist as the crucial factor in fostering the relationships in the triangle supporting the child: second audit and evaluation of the child psychotherapy service at the Randolph Beresford early years centre

Pretorius, I-M; Batiste-Harel, D; Martin, P; (2018) The psychotherapist as the crucial factor in fostering the relationships in the triangle supporting the child: second audit and evaluation of the child psychotherapy service at the Randolph Beresford early years centre. Infant Observation , 21 (2) pp. 152-170. 10.1080/13698036.2018.1553684. Green open access

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Abstract

Therapeutic programmes that offer early intervention may decrease the risk of developing emotional and behavioural difficulties in childhood and adulthood. This paper describes the Hammersmith & Fulham (H&F) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Child Psychotherapy Service (CPS) that was established at Randolph Beresford Early Year Centre (RBEYC) in 2008. It presents the results of an audit and evaluation of the CPS. We used a Goal Based Outcome (GBO) measure to evaluate service-users’ (parents’ and caregivers’) perceptions of progress toward treatment goals, and structured interviews with eight caregivers and ten staff members to explore their views of the CPS. Thematic analysis was used to summarise these views. GBO ratings indicated that all caregivers felt they had made progress towards reaching treatment goals by the end of the intervention. Interview responses suggest that all caregivers and staff perceived the CPS positively and thought that the RBEYC was successful in nurturing the child’s overall development. The quality of relationships between staff, service-users and the CPS was perceived as central to the facilitative environment of the RBEYC. In particular, the psychotherapist was viewed as playing a critical role in facilitating this triangle of relationships supporting the child.

Type: Article
Title: The psychotherapist as the crucial factor in fostering the relationships in the triangle supporting the child: second audit and evaluation of the child psychotherapy service at the Randolph Beresford early years centre
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13698036.2018.1553684
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/13698036.2018.1553684
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Early intervention, vulnerable population, audit and evaluation, thematic analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Applied Health Research
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063677
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