Presentation on theme: "Welcome Dr Celly Rowe, Chair of Trustees History 1982"— Presentation transcript:
1 Welcome Dr Celly Rowe, Chair of Trustees History 1982 WCTS set up as an Industrial and Provident Society2011Registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee2012Registered as a Charity
2 Becoming a Registered Charity Vital to ensure the longevity of the services offered to vulnerable womenVital to the organisational ability to attract wider funding and develop sustainability
3 BenefitsVariety of new projects and new approaches to the services offeredRenewed confidence and increased determination as a thriving organisationNew partnership arrangements have been developed and existing strengthenedAn active and experienced group of trustees determined to make a difference for the organisation.
4 Challenges‘In this process of becoming a new charity, we have all had to let go of some aspects of our past. Some aspects of the service which were familiar and comfortable for us but were no longer enabling us to move forward in our current challenging environment have had to be re-examined and re-evaluated. We’ve become a more focused organisation, more focused on our clients than ever.’
5 The Future‘As a charity, we will plan our future actively. We continue to rely on, and appreciate, the helpful long term support of our core funders Adult Social Care: we also have to forge creative new partnerships where we can, within the voluntary sector, with the NHS, with local businesses and with grant-giving charitable trusts.’‘In two years from now we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary. We need to be envisaging in the coming year how we want to look then - and at our 50th anniversary! What changes do we need to embrace and also what values are we determined not to lose sight of. To do this we will continue to keep the needs of our clients in the forefront of our thinking and listen to what they tell us.’
6 Our charitable objectives to establish and manage centres, and to equip and staff the same, for the relief of sickness, by supplying advice and guidance, counselling and psychotherapeutic treatment for women and girls of all ages (and their families where necessary), living in West, North and South Yorkshire and Humberside, who are suffering from psychological problems and stress, and the provision of facilities and support for self help groups.to advance education of the general public and of psychotherapists and mental health workers in particular in the causes and effects, treatment and reduction of psychological disorders and stress in women and girls“
7 Presentations Andrea Campbell: Increasing access to LGBT women Stella Maden: MumsTalk CounsellingHelen Butlin: WomenSpaceKatie Whitehouse: The Aurora ServiceLeonie Hilliard: Group Therapy
8 The LGBT community as client A significantly higher risk of self harming and suicideAccess to Leeds mental health services can be difficultAssumptions of heterosexuality and a lack of visibilityIssues of monitoring
9 Meeting the challenge A clear focus for WCTS Time Opening Access Affiliate members of LGBT Consortium
10 Measuring changeAn exploratory, experimental and experiential process over the three years egmonitoring and identificationour use of languageHigher number of LGBT women in service statsPublication
11 Trans women Emerging Issues: male and female roles in a patriarchal society; where do Trans women fit?
12 MumsTalk Project Aims Positive emotional and mental health outcomes Addressing current problems and parenting difficulties AND unresolved traumaA positive social impact on intergenerational patterns of neglect, abuse, mental ill-health and violence.
13 Service modelTwo community-based locations, as well as the city centre WCTS therapy roomsInitial (taster) meetingSessions begin with drawing up a therapeutic contract to guide the work.Term-time sessions, in initial blocks of 12 , reviewable regularly.
14 Therapeutic issuesDomestic abuse is a major factor for 95% of MumsTalk clients;Parental separation, lone parenting and contact Childhood trauma: abuse and neglect
15 Therapeutic workWork on improving parenting and parent child relationshipsCoping with crisis episodes and high stress eventsCounselling: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, self-care and self-protection, relationshipsPsychotherapy: historic abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) and neglect
16 Therapeutic work (cont) Initial and ongoing EngagementIndividualisationCross agency communicationSafeguarding
17 Measuring changeThree scoring systems: CORE-OMS; Authenticity Scale; Pianta Child-Parent Relational ScaleT-test to determine statistical significance, and programme effect (Small, Medium or Large)End of therapy client feedback form
18 WomenSpace Individualised support for women who self harm Helen Butlin Support Worker
19 Identifying NeedIndividualised support for women who use self harm as a way of copingGender specific serviceSupport to engage with servicePlace to explore feelings behind self harmPlace to explore alternative ways of coping
20 Meeting Need Achieving Change Different levels of therapeutic supportindividual therapytherapeutic group workone-to-one supportBuilding relationship with client as a serviceInitial meetingsExtended assessmentsFlexibility
21 Measuring change CORE OM Use of Other Services – self reporting Authenticity ScaleClient and therapist reporting on changes around self harming behaviour
22 The first six monthsAverage CORE OM score: 2.9/4 (moderate to severe mental health difficulties)Authenticity: scores show high levels of self-alienation and absence of authentic livingUse of Other Services (A&E, GP, Crisi services) is regularReferrals from: Community Psychiatric Nurses, GP, Dial House, CAMHS Transition team, Archway, self referral.
23 Emerging themes Childhood trauma, abuse and neglect Difficulties regulating emotionsLow self esteem/lack of self worthGuilt and shameDifficulty sustaining positive relationshipsDifficulty in expressing feelings/asking for helpIsolation
24 The Aurora Service Katie Whitehouse Psychotherapist Refugee and asylum seeking women's service
25 3 year service funded by Comic Relief. Long-term therapy to address long term psychological issuesMultiple issues, trauma, sexual and gender-based violence in their own countries
26 Leeds is the UK’s third largest dispersal centre with over 1,390 refugees and asylum seekers (Leeds City Council). Refugees overall are five times more likely to have mental health needs and 61% experience serious mental distress, yet they are significantly less likely to receive mental health support than the general population (PAFRAS/Touchstone,2011/12 ).
27 Refugee women are some of the most disadvantaged and at risk women in our society yet find it enormously difficult to access adequate physical and mental health.
28 Importance of accessible and long-term therapy. Interpreters, travel and childcare costs, flexibility.Our knowledge of and sensitivity to of the reality of being a refugee woman.Partnership working with the Refugee Council and Solace.Service monitoring and Evaluation: CORE OM, PENN Inventory, Trust and Hope Ladder from the Mental Health Recovery Star.
29 Refugee women are more affected by violence against women than any other women’s population in the world and all refugee women are at risk of rape or other forms of sexual violenceRefugee Council, 2009
30 Up to 30% of refugee women have been tortured, including many who have been raped as a weapon of war Vulnerable Women's Project, Refugee Council, 2009
31 It is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier right now in the DRC UN Military Advisor, Eastern DRC, May 2008
32 The Transformative Experience of Groups Leonie Hilliard, Group AnalystResonanceMirroringParallel Process