Seeing a Children's Wellbeing Practitioner
What is a Children's Wellbeing Practitioner (CWP)?
A CWP uses specific Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions to support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems (anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties). We also support our patients with sleep hygiene if needed.
We work directly with young people aged 7-18 years and with parents of younger children (5-12 years) and we see our patients here at the CDC or online at home or online at school (if possible)
We carry out an assessment together and decide whether a CWP intervention would be supportive or whether another service would be more appropriate. We would help you to access this service if needed.
In our sessions we talk, draw pictures, watch videos and play games.
This is a picture drawn by one of our young people to show us how anxiety feels for him
We only see young people with low levels of risk and complexity. We do not see young people where there is historical or current abuse, significant trauma, eating disorders or chronic conditions
One of our interventions is supporting caregivers to work through the book Overcoming your Child's Fears and Worries (2nd Edition) by Creswell and Willetts. Feedback from parents/caregivers is this is a really helpful book alongside therapy their child was having or whilst you are waiting for them to be seen.
We have also put together some helpful resources here...
Anxiety Resources http://www.cdcgo.link/anxiety
Useful local services http://www.cdcgo.link/services
Self Harm Guidance and Support http://www.cdcgo.link/Harm