Psychological Assessment & Treatment Services

Psychological Assessment & Treatment Services CCATS has developed a treatment pathway for young people with harmful sexual behaviour based on the empirical literature regarding effective treatment for this specific client group.


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This includes a comprehensive initial assessment in order to formulate the psychological needs of the individual within their social context. This identifies relevant treatment targets for intervention. The assessment incorporates information from a range of sources.


This phase of treatment involves setting goals for the future in order to develop a sense of self and consider sub-goals for achieving these goals. The Good Lives Model has a twin focus of reducing recidivism by helping offenders to develop and achieve a Good Life Plan. The aim is to equip individuals to secure primary human goods in socially acceptable and personally meaningful ways thereby reducing the need to offend.


Negative affective states are often associated with the manifestation of harmful sexual behaviour ( Ryan, Leversee & Lane 2010) There is often the need for young people to recognise and regulate emotion more effectively . Furthermore there is usually a need to increase coping skills and stress management skills.


Social skills are often deficited in young people and this deficit can be very relevant for young people with harmful sexual behaviour (Hunter 2011). Behavioural practice is given through role-play to increase skills in these areas. Developing greater impulse control is also a focus of this phase of treatment.


This incorporates increasing sexual knowledge, developing healthy attitudes towards sex and towards the rights of others. It also incorporates skills to develop healthy relationships with others.


This phase of treatment Involves developing a cognitive and affective understanding of the negative consequences of harmful sexual behaviour. This understanding is developed for the victim, their families, and the young person.


This phase of the programme is to provide skills practice to effectively managing risk moving towards future goals. This is a relevant part of treatment intervention (Hunter, 2011)


Traumatic childhood experiences are often encountered in young people with harmful sexual behaviour and can relate to emotional difficulties. Consequently anxiety disorders such as social anxiety and post-traumatic stress are often presented (Becker, 1998). These difficulties need to be supportively addressed at a time that is relevant for the individual.

The individual’s treatment needs are paramount in the CCATS treatment pathway and psychological intervention for problems such as substance misuse or deviant sexual interests are often adjunct. The treatment pathway remains flexible in order to be tailored for the individual young person’s needs.

We provide a comprehensive psychological assessment service. Our individualised assessments focus on developing an enhanced understanding of the presenting difficulties that may be preventing a positive and productive life for an individual. Ultimately this aims to identify a supportive care pathway. The psychological assessments undertaken are varied and bespoke based on need.

  • Sexually harmful behaviour
  • General aggression
  • Risk Assessment
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Deliberate self-injury
  • Cognitive
  • Substance misuse
  • Sexual exploitation
  • General psychological well-being
  • Stress and coping

We aim to ensure all assessments are comprehensive and follow recommended guidelines in regard to content, structure and general presentation. For example, this aims to adhere to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). To this end, you can expect all psychological assessments to:

  • Have relevant links to theory and be scientifically grounded in suitable literature that is up to date
  • Be tailored to individual needs and instruction questions
  • To use structured clinical guides for risk issues when appropriate
  • To offer appropriate evidence to support opinions
  • To be completed in a timely fashion
  • To make note of ethical guidelines for good practice (e.g. Health Care and Professions Council)
  • To be accessible in understanding for all professional groups and others who require access to the assessment report
  • To be undertaken by qualified individuals (e.g. Registered psychologists, qualified psychotherapists)
  • Aim to draw on admissibility criteria for expert evidence that has been developed elsewhere, and is regarded as exemplary practice – the ‘Daubert criteria’.
  • The theory or technique utilised in the assessment must be testable
  • It has been subject to peer review
  • Has a known or potential error rate (that is, to get it wrong)
  • The theory and technique is generally accepted by a relevant scientific community.

Staff who complete our psychological assessments are very experienced and act at a consultant level. They all have extensive practice in conducting psychological assessments, and are well versed in completing comprehensive assessments that are accessible and add value.

All our staff have undertaken specific training in effective assessment completion and report writing.

A number of our senior staff have published in the area of psychological assessments and/or have extensive publication backgrounds that are relevant.

All staff who complete psychological assessments are members of their relevant professional bodies, and ensure any continuing professional development needs are met. They also undertake supervision to ensure quality standards are maintained.

Our team of psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors can provide psychological therapy and counselling for children, young people and adults to assist with a range of problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • Abuse
  • Attachment disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Low self-esteem

Within the team we have practitioners trained in several therapeutic modalities including:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT has been shown to help with many different types of problems. These include: anxiety, depression, panic, phobias, stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder. CBT may also help if you have difficulties with anger; we have several team members trained in the Life Minus Violence Enhanced (LMV-E) programme © (Ireland et al., 2009), a cognitive behavioural therapeutic package designed to reduce risk of aggression in clients who have a history of habitual aggression. The LMV-E treatment programme takes advantage of recent developments in aggression theory which ensures that it is as up-to-date in its application of this literature as possible.

Child psychotherapy
Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a profession dedicated to understanding the complex emotional lives of children, young people and families. It is based on a psychoanalytic approach, which seeks to look below the surface of human relationships. Child and adolescent psychotherapists assess and treat infants, children and young people and work with their parents, families and the networks surrounding them. Therapists are trained to carefully observe a child or young person and respond to what they might be communicating through their behaviour and play. Child and adolescent psychotherapists may see children and young people individually or with other family members. They also apply their framework of thinking to work with parents, families and carers and to training and supporting other professionals who work with children, young people and families to encourage a deeper understanding of the child’s perspective.

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Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR is a powerful psychological treatment method which has been shown to be beneficial in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as war related experiences, childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect, natural disaster, assault, surgical trauma, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults. Therapists always have a background in mental health before undertaking training in EMDR.

We also have practitioners trained in a range of other therapies including:

  • psychodynamic therapy
  • schema therapy
  • play therapy
  • person centered counselling



CCATS provides specialist therapeutic services in partnership with carefully selected residential children’s care providers. Our model of service for residential children’s homes involves our psychological team working in close partnership with residential and educational staff to ensure an holistic approach is adopted in the care of each individual young person.

The services our team provides may include:

  • Psychological assessment
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Staff consultation
  • Supervision
  • Attendance at residential team meetings
  • Attendance at professional’s meetings
  • Staff training
  • Family work
  • Comprehensive reports on completion of each module of therapy

All children and young people placed in our partnership homes receive psychological assessment and treatment programmes designed to meet their specific needs. We also provide residential care and educational staff with psychologically based support to assist them in effectively managing challenging behaviors and encourage positive change. To this end, all supported homes have:

  • On-site support from a registered psychologist and other members of the team as required
  • Regular consultancy to assist with behavioural and risk management
  • Regular staff training, ensuring continuing professional development
  • Comprehensive psychological assessments of the young people in their care which assist with care planning in addition to highlighting therapeutic needs
  • Therapeutic treatment programmes for the young people, with intervention type selected based on the latest empirical literature regarding effective treatment for the young person’s individual difficulties

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Exceptional Care offers supervision, support and specialist 24 hour residential care for children and young people aged 8-17 years.

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The aim of our emergency placements is to offer instant, practical solutions to the young person in crisis. We stabilise the situation, reduce any risks and ensure the immediate safety of the young person.

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CCATS has extensive experience and a successful track record of providing psychological assessment and treatment services for children, young people, adults and families.

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Staff at Exceptional Care will ensure that all young people are aware of their absolute unconditional right to be kept safe and free from harm.

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Each young person, who resides at our Houses, will have their own bedroom. There is one shared bathroom on the first floor which consist of a bath, shower and toilet plus one master bedroom with large ensuite facilities and three other bedrooms two being staff sleep in rooms.

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During the initial contact is essential to obtain as much information as possible about the young person’s current situation and their particular care needs.

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