What is a therapeutic wellbeing practitioner?


Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioners

Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioners are committed to early intervention providing opportunities to promote positive mental health, social relationships and emotional wellbeing, alleviating suffering so they can optimise life choices and recovery from painful life experiences.

A wellbeing practitioner is a little like a nurse is to a doctor or specialist: highly trained to respond in the first instance to the wellbeing of children and young people.  A wellbeing practitioner works through children’s language and play and works alongside therapists, educational psychologists and other specialists to facilitate recovery for many more children and young people.

As a reliable therapeutic presence, they promote resilience in children, young people, families and communities, identifying and meeting needs, evaluating risk, evolving strategies to enhance motivation, engagement and participation in development, growth and learning. In promoting multi-disciplinary collaboration, practitioners can seek support from and make referrals to other professionals as required.

Therapeutic approaches to wellbeing practice are multi-disciplinary, creative and relational, sharing influence from youth work, social work, mental health, therapy and education. These are informed by humanistic, integrative and relational therapeutic perspectives, attachment theory, affective neuroscience, creativity, play, mindfulness and second wave positive psychology.

In providing early intervention, Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioners can offer therapeutic intervention to groups and individuals, mentoring, key working or creative group work and, where appropriate, incorporate other meaningful activities to inspire children. young people and communities from sports, arts, leisure, communications technology or complementary health.

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Available for consultation with parents, carers, and related professionals they can co-ordinate inter-disciplinary practice and multi-agency frameworks in the team around the child. Practitioners maintain child-centred facilitation in accordance with the rights of the child, anti-discriminatory practice, safeguarding and child protection.

Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice will vary according to individual skills and talents, bespoke to each child, young person, group or organisational context. Outcomes can include: enhancing self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, reflexivity, communication skills, emotional literacy, agency, resilience, recovery and human potential.