Dorset Child and Family Counselling Trust



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How it works

Referrals are checked by DCFCT to determine which category of support the family qualifies for. The referrals are then passed to our referral panel who will recommend a selection of up to three practitioners with relevant qualifications, experience and suitable geographical location. They must also hold current enhanced criminal records bureau checks and suitable insurance for this work. Families are sent details of each practitioner. It is for families to make contact by telephone or letter and choose whom they will engage and to pay the contribution agreed directly to the therapist.

This service is supported by professional supervision available from a consultant psychiatrist and family therapist.

Following the first appointment, practitioners write to referrers with a brief summary and plan of action. They will then provide up to a total of six one hour sessions at intervals of one to three weeks with the referred persons and their families. These sessions may be extended by one or two sessions by agreement and at the discretion of the referral panel.