Cherrytree Support Services Ltd.

Psychologically Informed Environments

We are proud to be implementing a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) within the organisation. 

What is PIE?

PIE is an approach to the way that we run our service and to how our staff support the young people using our services. All of our staff are trained within this framework, to support them to work efficiently with young people who have experienced complex trauma. The approach is centred around understanding the wellbeing of the young people using the service; by understanding their psychological needs, and also their strengths, when supporting them.

Cherrytree's Psychologically Informed Environment

Young people at Cherrytree may have experience past adversity or trauma, and as a result have complex psychological and emotional needs. This may result in them struggling to engage with the service, and we need to recognise and address this when supporting them.

To ensure that we are responding appropriately to these individuals and providing them with the best support we can, we use PIE approach. 

This means that: 

  1. All our staff take part in comprehensive training to help equip them with the knowledge, and skills to collaborate with the young people that they support.
  2. As an organisation, we also commit to regular reflective practice, engaging staff and young people to think about what is going well, what is difficult, and whether there is anything that can be done to improve any given situation.
  3. We consistently consider the environment within the projects, ensuring that it is positive and homely and asking for input from the young people living there.
  4. We use the framework to support developing positive relationships based on trust and mutual respect.