CEO & Director of Therapeutic Services
Registered Home Manager for Bluebells and Jasmine
Stewart Thomson has worked in the care field for approximately twenty five years. In that time he has worked with a variety of client groups. His first job in care was as a Residential Care Worker in a home for children with Autism. He then moved to a day centre for adults with learning and behavioural difficulties, where he worked for three years as a Coordinator and then managed the industrial/work experience unit. Looking for a new challenge, Stewart began working at a Local Authority home for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. From here he moved to a new home specialising in working with adolescents, described as having ‘extreme challenging behaviour’. He was promoted to the role of Senior Team Leader and managed the assessment unit. After four years Stewart wanted to experience working with younger children and spent a period at a specialist SEN School in Oxfordshire working with vulnerable and traumatised children. Following this, he spent two years helping set up a therapeutic children’s home in Northern Ireland. Stewart then went on with his co-Director to set up Amicus. Stewart also provides individual and group Clinical Supervision to managers at Amicus to help develop staff understanding, knowledge and practice in relation to the therapeutic work in accordance with our psychoanalytic model. As part of his own development and training, Stewart also attends his own regular professional analysis sessions with a registered Psychotherapist which he has been in attendance for over 15 years and has regular monthly external Supervision.
- Diploma in Psychoanalytic Infant and Child Observation (Tavistock Clinic)
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Residential Childcare
- Certificate in Therapeutic Child Care (Caldecott College, Kent)
- Certificate in the Induction to Psychology
- Certificate in the Introduction to Counselling
Stewart, although holds the role of both Director of Therapeutic Services and Registered Home Manager he holds a wealth of experience in the field of child care and is very ‘hands on’ in terms of his leadership of the home. Visiting the homes frequently and observing practice in the home and has relationships with all the children and will meet and discuss issues with them. He also provides both clinical and group supervisions and is part of the children CLA Reviews and professionals meetings. He works with modelling excellent leadership and management the home manager who is in post (but is not registered with Ofsted). The aim over the next year is for the Home Manager to obtain Ofsted registration and to hold dual registration for the home with Stewart. Stewart, along with the Senior management team are supporting the Home Manager with their leadership and development and registration they will be taking on with Ofsted. By having dual registration, this will allow Stewart to continue to support and model good therapeutic practice and leadership and to ensure constant registration in this role. This will also allow Stewart to concentrate further on his Director responsibilities and also gives further authority, responsibility and leadership to the Home Managers.