The PLACE young peoples company has a range of highly trained staff and external associates who are able to offer a wide range of specialist, consultation/training and therapeutic services. Our team has a wealth of experience and therapeutic training and qualifications in many areas of children’s mental health, attachment issues and complex behavioural difficulties. We are championing the use of DDP approaches within residential care and education settings.
Daniel Mills- Da Bell, MBACP Accred, MA, BSc - Therapeutic Lead
Daniel is a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist, specialising in work with children and young people
Looked After and childhood trauma. He has worked with Children Looked After for 11 years in residential
care settings, starting as a Child Carer and working his way up to Home Manager of a number of
children’s homes. He trained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and has managed an online and
face-to-face counselling service for young people, working alongside CAMHS services and actively
working with other partner agencies to improve young people’s access to mental health services.
This included working extensively in a number of mainstream and independent schools.
Daniel worked in a therapeutic community, a larger residential setting, with a number of young people living in the community all having suffered childhood trauma and/or abuse. This involved Integrated and Systemic Therapy and Family Group Therapeutic work, alongside working with individual young people and running therapeutic groups for young people, and managing a team of skilled practitioners. This included supporting teachers within the independent school and in the community. He also produced a short video relating to therapeutic work with looked after young people, which was award-winning and used in various organisations as a training tool for awareness.
Daniel has participated in a number of training and professional development courses, including DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy), Risk and Suicide Ideation, Self-Harm, and has a keen interest in Relational Depth and working with reparative relationships with young people. Daniel is highly motivated to provide the best possible outcomes for our young people and firmly believes in offering robust, trusting, and safe reparative relationships within which young people can explore their inner worlds, understand their emotional processes and thoughts, and achieve their absolute potential.
Carys Jones, BA, Dip 5, DDP Level 1 & 2 - Specialist Services Manager
Carys is the Specialist Services Manager within The PLACE with overall responsibility for Care Planning and compliance. Carys has worked within residential childcare settings for over 7 years, initially working with young people in crisis on an emergency basis. Carys has extensive experience working with young people with high risk challenging behaviours including self harm, suicidality and children who have been subject to sexual exploitation.
Carys has previously been the Registered Manager for residential homes and managed within homes rated as Outstanding. She has run regular Regulation 44 inspections of children's homes and has run multiple Ofsted inspections with a Good or above rating. Carys has been trained within DDP practices and is experienced at delivering our therapeutic model within homes as well as consulting with managers and carers on how to embed this model of care. Carys is currently studying an MSc in Person-Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy.
Mandy Wright, PG Dip Counselling, MBACP Accred - Therapeutic Associate
Mandy is a BACP Accredited Counsellor, having specialised in supporting children and young people for over 15 years in education and community settings. Mandy has developed a specific interest in supporting children looked after since working in an educational setting for young people excluded from mainstream education.
Mandy has trained in a number of therapeutic approaches including: MST, CBT, SFBT and is currently undergoing Family Therapy Training.
Mandy has worked in various Multi-agency teams providing support for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. This involved working systemically alongside Families, Schools, CAMHS, Social Care and Charities, improving outcomes for children and young people. Supervising support staff and school staff, providing consultations and plans of interventions, providing crisis intervention for children and young people at risk of harm.
Mandy is a systemic practitioner who believes that the support systems surrounding a young person are key for attachment and healing after trauma and loss. Mandy has developed her knowledge and experience in diverse areas as a counsellor including, MST for Anti-Social behaviour, HMYOI working to understand and overcome difficulties with drugs and alcohol, providing group work for separated families, Forces families and Bereaved families. Mandy works with us providing direct work for young people, support to staff, training and consultation as well as family support and counselling as required.
Members of our specialist services team are able to offer a range of training, consultation, assessments and therapeutic interventions around children's mental health, emotional, social and behavioural needs.
Looked after children
We have extensive experience working with children who are looked after and have experienced trauma, loss and separation. Our therapeutic team are able to provide consultations to residential homes and other professionals to enable staff to understand the emotional needs of a young person and create a plan and suggested interventions to help support the young persons needs. We are also able to support staff members working with traumatised young people to reflect on their own responses and management of their own emotional health needs to ensure best practice around young people.
Residential Care/ Foster Care
We can work with young people and their carers/families to support transitions. This may be to support transitions from Residential care to foster care or to family settings.
We can offer training and support to Foster carer's/adoptive parents or birth parents to ensure that there is a shared understanding about the impact of trauma and attachment, utilising the DDP model to ensure that they have the knowledge understanding and tools to be able to parent appropriately.
Adoption Support Service
Adoption Support is a way of giving children and young people positive experiences and short breaks. This also supports parents to understand and manage their children’s and young people’s behaviours/feelings.