The St Aubyn Centre Therapeutic Education Department is the Essex County Council specialist provider of education for all young people admitted to hospital at the St Aubyn Centre.
All those admitted to the hospital have mental health problems of a severity considered to be too great to be managed in the community. Difficulties suffered by the young people include depression, suicidal ideation, psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorder and anorexia nervosa. The most usual length of stay is six to twelve weeks although some admissions are a few days and some stay much longer. Education is part of the programme for all young people admitted to The St Aubyn Centre.
The St Aubyn Centre TED believes that all young people should be provided with appropriate education in a safe, stable, containing learning environment. Our students are aged 13 to 18 and academically they range from mild learning difficulties to gifted and talented. They are given opportunities to succeed through the use of highly personalised individual education plans which are linked to the Care Pathway for their mental health problem. We see engagement with education in the widest sense as fundamental to recovery. The Therapeutic Education Department works closely with the nurses, doctors and therapists at the centre and with a wide range of professionals in the community.
“The very highest expectations, strong relationships between staff and students, and a ‘can do’ approach underpin the success of the unit. A profound understanding of the mental health needs of students, coupled with the unit’s informed and therapeutic approach to their education, cements this success.”