Over the last 10 years we at Inclusive Solutions have been involved in planning with and supporting a range of brain injured children, young people and adults. We have been asked to be involved from a range of Solicitors and Case managers from a range of companies including Bush and company.
We are educational psychologists that specialise in inclusive rehabilitation and work in a very person centred way. We try and reverse some of the over medicalised experiences that children and their families have often experienced following the trauma of brain injury. Our focus is less about what is wrong with you and more about how you have survived what you experienced and what would a good life could look for you moving into the future.
- Associate, experienced educational psychologists who are positioned across the UK and all of whom can provide assessments/reports as well as engage in person centred planning and practice. These colleagues work in and with schools to maximise the support, achievement and inclusion of the young people.
- Inclusion facilitators matched to the gender and culture of the young person and who are only a few years older than the client. They are clinically supervised by Psychologists and work closely to pursue the hopes, dreams and targets goals for the young person’s mental health and social inclusion.
- Social workers
A bit more detail below…
PERSON CENTRED REHABILITATION with INCLUSION FACILITATION
Person centred rehabilitation involves personalised inclusion facilitation and is designed to create a better life for an individual by the provision of an intense input designed to being about social change. This usually entails a series of visits focused on getting the person out and about to increase confidence, social skills and presence in their local community and to pursue goals and dreams. Uniquely, the work is carried out under the close clinical supervision of a practicing psychologist.
Inclusion Facilitation aims to:
- Create a better life for the Individual.
- Give Individual and family a clear vision of a good life and to support first steps towards this
- Maximize individual’s inclusion and connection with the wider community.
- Help with friendship, social connection and education
- Increase confidence, social skills and presence in their local community and to pursue goals and dreams.
How Does Inclusion Facilitation Work?
‘We do whatever it takes!’
Usually a Person Centred Planning event would be carried out using the PATH or MAP process – majoring on dreams and goal setting leading to precise action planning. Person Centred Planning
An experienced psychologist alongside the inclusion facilitator would carry out the PATH. A large graphic will be one of the outcomes of the meetings this is a great visual record and a shared memory of the event. This will also inform the priorities for the inclusion facilitation work.
Following the PATH event a ‘scoping report’ is created outlining what Inclusion Facilitation could offer and highlighting what dreams and goals the individual has.
The PATH also provides a good opportunity for the Facilitator to meet the focus person in a comfortable positive environment.
8 weekly visits from the Inclusion Facilitator followed by 5 monthly visits is our preferred model but we can be flexible with the delivery of this input. This is just a guideline, however we have received good results using this time frame.
After this intensive input the Inclusion Facilitator will hand over to the existing family, carers and PA team to carry on where he or she has left off. This transition time is planned from the outset.
An experienced psychologist is there to support the facilitator at all times and will guide all work done by the inclusion facilitator.
Is this just Support work?
No! This is proactive engagement – doing whatever is required.
We are not just passively or reactively providing what is asked for – we are actively pursuing a good life for the individual.
Our work is built on careful research around a person’s interests and what opportunities exist locally
We carry out community mapping
We actively work to tackle an individual’s own resistance and reluctance to engage more socially
We actively engage with people in social settings that the individual attends to build bridges and connections – we are bridge builders
We build circles around a person
We create the conditions in which friendships can flourish
We have direct psychological supervision and support throughout
This work is short term and intense.
The facilitator’s aims will be to improve all aspects of the focus person’s life this may include:
- Pursuing the dreams and goals of the individual
- Improving social skills
- Being comfortable in social environments
- Developing conversational skills
- Having a positive mindset
- Staying physically active
- Building relationships
- Help in meeting new people
- Create natural circles of support
- Creating a community circle
- Creating business links
- Help with budgeting
- Having positive body language
- Employment of support staff
- Pursuing personal interests
The facilitator’s main aims will vary depending on the dreams and goals of the focus person. The basic aim of the inclusion facilitator is to better the focus person’s quality of life.
Phone: 0115 9556045
Hear this young man’s feedback after 8 weekly visits from our Inclusion Facilitator Louis
CLICK HERE for a short report written by one of our Inclusion Facilitator’s Louis