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Contact Details Tel: 01373 824466 Fax: 01373 824321
email:
contactmatters@tumblewood.org
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All staff at Tumblewood understand therapeutic interventions, professional and reparative parenting and commit themselves to the needs and welfare of the young people in their care. The work with young people and their progress is dependent on the young person learning to trust through attachment and focused dependency and the team having the ability to 'walk and talk' with the young person, 'be and accept' the young person and 'give and share' with the young person during their placement. The main mechanism which achieves continuous postive results and experiences for the young people is through safe experiences of fun. The majority of the young people in placement have consistently been deprived of the opportunity to be nurtured and live safely and securely within a family or community setting. We assist young people through the process of normal adolescent development giving them the opportunity to become 'thinking, feeling and socially acceptable' individuals. It is the philosophy of The Therapeutic Community movement which is the heartbeat of Tumblewood Community as an organisation and places the Child at the centre of the holding environment. The structured daily community living experience is integral to the therapeutic milieu at Tumblewood Community. This experience is supported through a culture of interest and inquiry which promotes self development and acknowledges personal vulnerability. Milieu Therapy Individual placements offer a 'space' where cognitive distortions, learned behavioural patterns and emotional distress are addressed. The opportunity to integrate and change offers young people clarity in their identity and and the ability to adapt to the struggles of every day life through engagement within the process of attachment. The process of listening, understanding and making sense of historical experiences, abuse and trauma enables young people to make connections between their past and present experiences. In embarking on a programme of self-development, it is likely that active dependence on statutory agencies will be minimised. Significant factors to successful placement outcome are security and the provision of a stable environment within which Therapeutic intervention and opportunities for change can arise. During the initial stages of placement distress will often be acted out through behaviours and negative attitudes. It is likely that this struggle to find true identity will involve an escalation in disruptive behaviours prior to identifying radical improvement. Progress and change will take the time needed by each young person so that development becomes established in life long structure and patterns.