Psychological formulations

We provide each young person in our care with a ‘psychological formulations’ document which is developed in coordination with our consultant psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker family therapist.

It’s an evidence-based assessment which is undertaken jointly with residential staff to inform an individualised programme of care and intervention that relies for its effectiveness on the quality of relationships formed between core staff-members and a young person.

This document is based on the young person’s psychological formulation and focuses on the individual’s presentations of behaviour and subsequent needs/support mechanisms.

The document informs Atkinson staff of how to understand the behaviours a young person presents with and the subsequent best ways of meeting their needs to help them make positive steps forward.

This then informs our home of the best way of supporting a young person and can also be taken with them to their future placement.