HOW TO BOOK THERAPY, COSTS & FUNDING

All the practical details you need to get started

Referrals from professionals & EHC plans

Referrals can be made by schools, organisations, families or individuals. We are happy to help you with each step of the referral process to find what is best suited to you.

All arts therapies can be considered for inclusion in an EHC Plan. However the assessment process will look closely at the most appropriate interventions to achieve the EHC needs that are identified. Therefore it is important that families who wish to consider arts therapies – or already have them and would like them to continue following review – ensure that good evidence of the impact and benefits to the child are communicated clearly through reports, and at meetings. The best evidence will be a mixture of those showing communication, behaviour or education outcomes through 'hard' data alongside qualitative measurement of impact through reflection and review of interactions.

Existing therapists working with a child should be contacted when there is a needs assessment meeting being planned.

Bookings by individuals

If you believe you or someone close to you would benefit from a Creative Arts therapy please email orla.casey@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call Orla Casey on 01480 373500. We can offer advice over email or the phone.

Initial assessment

An initial assessment is first conducted, which gives information to help decide on goals, or inform about needs resulting from conditions and circumstances – such as complex needs, learning difficulties, trauma, bereavement and exclusion. Following the assessment, an appropriate period of music therapy may be recommended. Arts therapists liaise regularly about their work with teachers, parents or carers and other health and social care professionals who may be involved with an individual child or young person.

When and where?

Times of sessions are determined by the service in collaboration with Cambridgeshire Music and parent/carer/organisation. They take place weekly and last for between 30 to 45 minutes for a minimum of 10 sessions. The parent/carer/organisation should provide a suitable therapeutic space for the session. This should be an undisturbed space which is available at the same time each week, and where sound will not disturb others. Alternatively a time can be booked at out Therapies clinic in the centre of Huntingdon [https://www.cambridgeshiremusic.org.uk/pages/discover-music/arts-for-health-and-wellbeing/huntingdon-therapy-clinic.html]. In schools, a music room is ideal. Parents and teaching assistants (or other professionals) can attend if this is in the best interests of the child; we make recommendations about this on a case-by-case basis.

Instruments

Parent/carer/organisations are also asked to provide access to a selection of instruments which may but doesn’t necessarily include a piano, guitar, some tuned and untuned percussion instruments and some smaller instruments. We may be able to provide some instruments as appropriate.

What we offer

We offer clinical intervention with regular liaison with parents/carers/professionals. We evaluate and write reports for review meetings, attending review and multidisciplinary meetings where possible. We also give training to parents/carers/professionals as appropriate to provide consistency and follow-up outside sessions.

What does it cost?

Sessions cost £51 per hour which has been subsidised by Cambridgeshire Music.

You receive the services of fully qualified music or drama therapists who are state registered and members of the British Association of Drama Therapists, the Health Professions Council and who have relevant Disclosure and Barring checks (DBS). Therapists participate in regular clinical supervision to support their clinical work, and access Continuing Professional Development to ensure up-to-date knowledge and skills.

Is there any financial support available?

Funding usually comes from one or several of the following: Pupil Premium budgets, ESLAC, Social Care, Early Learning, Support for Learning teams, CORAM, Together for Families, Support for Learning teams, schools, personal budgets.

If you would like any advice on funding. please talk to us.