The Department for Education and wider government agencies call for specialist training so that professionals working with children and young people are better equipped to support their mental health needs.
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Colette Flynn is an Art Psychotherapist and Assistant Team Leader working for the Emotional & Trauma Support Service at One Education.
She is passionate about the health and emotional well-being of young people. She is an advocate of expressive therapies and the power of creativity in fostering the healing process.
Her role means that Colette helps to lead a diverse team of creative therapists who work in educational settings to provide emotional support for children and young people. These creative therapies provide evidence-based interventions which are child-centered and build confidence and self-esteem. By tapping into our innate creative impulses, these interventions provide new opportunities for young people to develop their own narrative and communicate their inner worlds.
She has experience working as a Visual Artist and Art Psychotherapist with a wide range of clients including adults, children. 1-1 and group work in both mainstream and specialized educational environments and the social care sector.
Colette Flynn has written 8 posts
For many years it was assumed that boys are simply more likely than girls to develop autism. This has been reinforced by historic statistical evidence, with much larger numbers of males each year diagnosed as falling somewhere along the autistic spectrum.
How can we nourish a sense of balance towards food in our school-age children? It is well documented that eating disorders carry with them some of the highest mortality rates of any mental health problems and as such are afflictions which need serious attention.
Recent news reports have reminded us of an upsetting reality; some of the most vulnerable children in our care system get adopted only for this placement to break down. This can happen despite painstaking efforts from the new family to make the changes work.