Survivors’ Psychotherapy Service

Our Survivors’ Service provides one-to-one psychotherapy for people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have been affected by abuse or trauma.

We also work with people who display concerning sexual behaviour or have committed abuse against others.

Psychotherapy is generally long term (a minimum of one year) and is offered as part of a package of support – see Our Model for more details.

We offer:

Psychotherapy Assessments
Risk Assessments
Parenting Assessments
Investigative Assessments

Psychotherapy Assessments

Undertaken to ensure a client is willing and able to make use of a prolonged course of psychotherapy. Usually up to six 50-minute sessions depending on clients’ needs and complexity of the issues.

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Risk Assessments

These comprise 12 one-to-one sessions with the client and meetings with key individuals to explore concerns regarding sexually harmful behaviour and/or allegations of sexual offending.

We adopt psychological assessment tools and conduct an in-depth examination of the client's family history, early development and learning disability. A pre and post assessment interagency meeting is provided along with a final report highlighting the level of risk, risk management solutions and the presence of any psychopathology. The report will also address areas such as levels of supervision, treatment and residential options.

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Parenting Assessments

We offer specialist assessments for parents with learning disabilities where there may be child protection concerns. The assessment focuses on the parents’ capacity to provide adequate parenting and any support that might enable them to continue to care for their children.

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Investigative Assessments

A Respond clinician will meet with the alleged survivor of sexual abuse and other key individuals to ascertain what has happened and/or the level of understanding of the alleged incident and comprehension of the legal process.

The assessment usually takes place over 12 sessions and includes a pre and post assessment interagency meeting. A final report will be provided to the referring body clarifying, where possible, whether abuse has taken place and with recommendations regarding the client's well-being, safety and possible treatment options.

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