Theoretical orientation

At Connect to Thrive, our theoretical orientation is very important to us.  We aim to ensure that the psychological frameworks that we are using are as transparent as possible to you and that you understand why we are using a particular framework or way of working.  

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What psychological theories do we use?

All of the theories that we use place the child/ young person at the centre of what we do.  We use person centred approaches to do this. In this way, we don’t work on a child or young person but with them.  All of the time, we seek to gather their views as a central part of this.  

Ecological theory is an important theory for us in planning and making sense of assessment information. Ecological theory seeks to understand the child in all of their different contexts and recognises that different factors impact upon us in different ways according to our environment. For this reason, we aim to gather information from home, school and any other important contexts in a child’s life.

We use attachment and social interactionist theories to ensure that relationships between key people in a child’s life are nurtured and protected.  We also adhere to principles of our assessment being “least intrusive and most effective”.  

Other theories that inform our practice include:

  • Solution focussed theories
  • Narrative theories and approaches
  • Neuro psychological approaches
  • Executive functioning and self regulation theories
  • Some elements of psychodynamic theory
  • Humanist theories and approaches
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