Jim Gillespie - Kibble CEO
Jim Gillespie

Head of Service

james.gillespie@kibble.org

Contact Dan Johnson, Senior Forensic Psychologist, or Claire McCartney, Operations Manager, for details of our Specialist Intervention Services and programmes.

Specialist Intervention Services (SIS) provide psychological assessment and therapeutic support for young people at Kibble.

Each young person undergoes a psychological assessment within 72 hours of admission; we make psychological health a priority from the outset. Following an initial assessment, our team of psychologists, therapeutic practitioners and family workers can build a tailored programme that will integrate with care planning.

SIS have over a decade of experience in providing evidence-based psychological consultation, assessment and interventions for young people with complex and challenging needs. The team offers four distinct services that include:

Psychological Services

  • Psychological consultation for all young people accommodated at Kibble
  • Psychological assessment and formulation of risk and needs to inform future care planning
  • Intervention which could include phased trauma models, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Interventions and Programmes

  • Structured and tailored interventions that support young people in addressing issues such as violence, substance misuse, offending, bereavement, anger and emotional difficulties
  • Motivational work and individually-tailored interventions for young people who find it difficult to engage
  • A range of evidence-based intervention programmes to meet the young person’s needs and build on their strengths
  • Individualised support and group work based upon the risks and needs of the young people

Family Support and Intervention Service

We believe that involving a young person’s family/carer is essential to making and sustaining positive changes in their life. We offer a range of systemic interventions that include all the family:

  • Family assessment and consultation
  • Parent/carer support groups
  • Parenting programmes
  • Intensive interventions
  • Individualised family interventions
  • Structured work with carer/child
  • Outreach support

Introducing The Team

The team has 10 full-time members of staff who come from a range of professional disciplines, ensuring we provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to our work with young people and their families:

  • Psychologists adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to working with young people and their families
  • All staff are qualified to degree level in a range of specialisms including: social work, cognitive behavioural therapy, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), drug and alcohol studies, assessment and treatment of sex offenders, multi-element behaviour support (MEBS), systemic family therapy, trauma assessment/intervention, neurosequential model of therapeutics, TPB trauma-informed treatment approach
  • Three chartered forensic psychologists

Research and Evaluation

The research work of the SIS team helps to ensure Kibble remains a sector lead in trauma-informed care. We have links with a range of national and international universities and academic bodies. Ongoing qualitative and quantitative research is used for evaluation purposes to inform best practice. Access the latest research and articles.

The research work of the SIS team helps to ensure Kibble remains a sector lead in trauma-informed care. We have links with a range of national and international universities and academic bodies. Ongoing qualitative and quantitative research is used for evaluation purposes to inform best practice.

  • Copley, J., & Johnson, D. (2013). Looked after young people at risk of offending their views of a mixed gender placement International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, 1-10.
  • Copley, J., Johnson, D., & Bain, S. (2014). Staff attitudes towards young people in looked after accommodation. Journal of Forensic Practice, 16(4), 257-267.
  • Whitelaw, R. & Johnson, D. (2016). 006._2016_Vol_15_1_Johnson_An_Ethics_Committee Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Vol.15, No.1
  • Reilly, C., & Johnson, D. (2016). Adolescent males and firesetting: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth.
  • Johnson, D. R., Ferguson, K., & Copley, J. (2017). Residential staff responses to adolescent self-harm: the helpful and unhelpful. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
  • Johnson, D. (2017). Tangible trauma-informed care. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 16(1).