Therapy & Psychology Team

Bryn Tirion Hall School has a dedicated Therapy and Psychology (TaP) team. The TaP team provides advice and support for the school and residential care staff through training, consultation and intervention. They also liaise with external professionals and services to help  ensure a consistent level of support for all learners. The TaP Team works across all three levels: individual children and families, groups of children and staff and whole the school community.

Each member of the TaP team is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered. They are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at BTHS. The TaP team aims to work collaboratively with school staff to implement evidence-based programs, interventions and approaches to promote positive outcomes for all children and their families, in addition to whole school development work.

The TaP team is committed to Professional Standards and Ethics and the continual professional development of all staff.

Speech and Language Therapist: Debbie Parry

Debbie has over 20 years’ experience working with children and young people who have additional learning and complex communication needs.

She has worked as a senior, specialist Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) and has experience of setting up services and working at strategic and operational levels. She has spoken at conferences and has written and delivered bespoke training for families, carers, professionals and voluntary organisations.

In BTHS, there is a strong focus on the environment and ensuring it is conducive to communication. Debbie supports staff to consider this and to ensure that all communication needs are catered for. All learners’ communication skills are screened by school staff when they join they school. If required, Debbie will be involved in assessing a learner’s understanding and use of language, speech and social interaction, as well as communication skills. Individual intervention plans and programmes can be devised and are often delivered by the staff or by the SaLT onsite. Debbie may work directly with individuals and groups of learners to develop their skills, as well as supporting staff to do this too.

Communication is a fundamental skill that impacts all areas of life. It is recognised as such in BTHS.

Languages and literacy are fundamental to human communication. They enable us to make sense of what is heard, read and seen, and thus to develop our understanding, empathy and our ability to respond and to mediate effectively.

Welsh Government, 2020

Occupational Therapist: Sophie Brummell

Sophie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2012, specialising in Paediatrics. She joined Bryn Tirion Hall School Team in September 2017. She works both with children on an individual basis at the school and provides staff training.

Sophie is passionate about offering an excellent standard of service to children, young people and their families/carers, providing ongoing training and support to key individuals in the young person’s life. Sophie has a special interest in Autism, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Sensory Processing Disorders. She completed post-graduate training in Sensory Integration, qualifying as a Sensory Integration Therapy practitioner in January 2018.

Occupational Therapy enables people to participate in daily life and improve their health and wellbeing.  Occupations for children or young people may include self-care (getting ready to go out, eating a meal or using the toilet), being productive (going to school or volunteering) and leisure (playing with friends or enjoying hobbies).

Educational Psychologist: Dr Dan Small

Dan qualified as an Educational Psychologist in 2016 and has worked across the UK joining the Bryn Tirion Hall School team in 2018.

Dan has provided staff training about a range of topics such as attachment theory, executive function in the classroom and Mental Health First Aid. Dan provides consultation and assessment to support the learning and psychological wellbeing of learners and staff alike.

Dan is interested in sleep, personal construct psychology, resilience, person centred planning and system thinking. His doctoral research focused on school staff wellbeing as is committed to the application of psychology to support whole school wellbeing.

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor: David Taransaud

David is a UKCP registered psychotherapeutic counsellor, author and trainer with over 20 years experience working with vulnerable children and young people.

David joined QEWC in October 2018. In order to provide all the children in our care with a safe and therapeutic environment, David delivers a bespoke 12-day course to all our staff (managers, teachers, LSAs, carers) on how to work therapeutically, empathically and creatively with emotionally wounded children and young people. He also works as a foreign consultant with ‘Alleviate Addiction Suffering’ in Karachi – Pakistan, and travelled to Kitgum – Uganda where he set up an Art Therapy centre in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict and trauma.

He is the author of:

· You Think I’m Evil: practical strategies for working with rebellious and aggressive adolescents (Worth Publishing; 2011)

· I, Monster: positive ways of working with challenging teens through understanding the adolescent within us (Routledge; 2016)

· Furia e sopravvivenza / Fury and Survival (F. dei Seigni; 2021)

David has also written articles for:

· Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis

· Play Therapy Magazine

· Children and Young People Magazine