The Bridge in Schools
The Bridge Foundation has been established in Bristol for over 30 years. We are widely recognised as a regional Centre of Excellence for psychodynamic thinking and practice with individuals, families and organisations.
The Bridge in Schools employs Specialist Child and Adolescent Therapists who are highly trained and qualified to Masters or Doctoral level. All our staff are professionally registered and experienced in work with children, young people and young adults. We require our therapists to combine these skills with experience of running a safe therapeutic service in a school setting.
Our staff bring a shared commitment to taking psychodynamic thinking into schools. They represent a mix of clinical backgrounds including Clinical Psychology, Child Psychotherapy, and Art Therapy. Some have backgrounds in teaching and social work. Several have also worked in CAMHS previously.
The Schools team meets once a week for clinical supervision, to discuss referrals and to share experience between schools. Supervision is provided by a senior Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. The service is committed to ongoing training and staff development, and we run CPD afternoons for the team every two terms.
All staff attend multi agency safeguarding training and work within the school’s Child Protection guidelines. The Bridge in Schools has clear safeguarding procedures in place.
How Do We Work?
The work demands particular attentiveness and receptivity across a range of verbal, emotional and behavioural communication. Not all young people are comfortable talking, and we work through play and art as well. Our attention is often on how the child or young person relates to the therapist and what is going on in that relationship.
Therapists are trained to stay thinking flexibly under stress, in situations where there are considerable emotional demands being made. Crucially they are trained to think about what may underlie young peoples’ behaviour and communications, and to help their young clients understand themselves and their experiences better.
Sensitivity and communication skills are key elements of our therapists’ training. These qualities stand as core values in providing support to young people in confused or conflicted states of mind.
“the therapists have a very warm and caring approach which makes working with them very easy … they also fit in extremely well within our wider team of therapeutic support staff. The Bridge therapists are able to work well as part of the team to seek creative solutions and offer insightful suggestions and comments.”
School Head, 2015
If you would like further information,
an information pack, or to arrange a visit by one of our staff to your setting, then
please call 0117 9424510.
If you would like further information, an information pack, or to arrange a visit by one of our staff to your setting, then please call 0117 9424510.