The JLTS Model
What is the JLTS Model?
JLTS's Founding Director Jess Lovibond has devised a pioneering therapeutic system called The JLTS Model.
The JLTS Model is child-centred, meaning that the child/young person is the starting point of the process. The system focuses on the trauma and attachment issues the child/young person may be facing. There is comprehensive holisitic assessment and intervention to understand and then deliver what would best meet the needs of the child/young person and their family.
The JLTS Model draws on theory from several established practitioner models, as well as aspects of Jess's professional experience and training. This is called an integrative practice model, and has elements of:
Elements of psychodynamic principles
Theories from Donald Winnecott’s work
Theories from Barbara Docker-Drysdale’s work
Light-touch CBT techniques
Brief solution-focused therapy
The promotion of emotional wellbeing ‘maintenance’
The JLTS Model - Child-Centered Family Support
The JLTS Model - Children/Young People & Family Support Services
JLTS offers comprehensive family support services using The JLTS Model. This often involves working with children/young people who are struggling to regulate their behaviour and emotions at home or in the classroom. Usually, the children/young people have also experienced some statutory interventions which have not been successful.
We believe the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. In other words, we operate from an understanding that whatever behaviour or action the children/young people present is a communication. While that behaviour or action may be seen as the “problem” by families or schools, we understand that the behaviour or actions are likely to be a reaction to something affecting the children/young people and cannot be dealt with in isolation.
For example, if a child/young person is a school refuser, it may be ‘logical’ to encourage them to attend. Teachers and parents might set up a reward system or implement adaptations in the classroom to support the child/ young person.
However, The JLTS Model seeks to understand why the child/young person is a school refuser. Through assessment and intervention, we would look to better understand the family dynamic, the experiences of the child/young person, and any external influences which may cause the child/ young person to be a school refuser.
By dealing with the cause, the child/young person’s behaviour/actions are likely to be solved. In short, the issue the child is experiencing is likely to be an effect of something else, not a cause.
Each client is in a unique situation. As such, the plan, delivery, and milestones are bespoke. However, there are three main parts to The JLTS Model:
Three-generational assessment and bespoke plan for the client
Acting on this plan with clients, families, professional- such as giving parenting advice if relevant
Clinical supervision and regular reviews to ensure quality and consistency of practice
To date, this unique practice model has proven very successful for our family support services.
The JLTS Model - Domestic Abuse Support Services
JLTS has pioneered a unique domestic abuse family recovery process - our Peer-to-Peer Support Service - also using The JLTS Model.
We use a combination of:
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)/ Systemic Family work
The principles of the Freedom Programme
Therapeutic parenting techniques
We create a bespoke service that meets each family’s individual needs.
Our ultimate aim is prevention. We identify the part of the family system that is not functioning optimally and work to change the family’s thinking around that element.
We often intervene with a parent in order to change the ‘family story’ for the benefit of the next generation. We work to reframing thoughts and beliefs about how relationships should function healthily. This can break generations-long cycles of abuse.
Positive Impacts of The JLTS Model:
Healthy attachment between children / young people and their families
Children / young people making academic progress in school
More positive home / school relationships
Higher self- esteem, and clients feeling positive about the future
Happier families, with strategies for managing relationships
Fulfilling, supportive relationships
Breaking the cycles of generational dysfunction
We have developed a pioneering holistic child-centred attachment and trauma-informed assessment and therapeutic intervention package - The JLTS Model - for children & adolescents whose presentation stands out in the classroom or at home, and for whom the 'usual' statutory interventions have not been successful. The JLTS Model draws from all aspects of Jess's professional experience and consist of three parts:
Direct work with individuals and families - such as parenting advice
Three-generational assessment and bespoke plan for the child(ren)
Clinical supervision and regular reviews to ensure quality and consistency of practice.
To date, this maverick practice model has proved unquestionably successful for improving practice, quality of relationships (attachments), engagement and academic progress.
We are currently working with schools to implement inexpensive and universally accessible school-wide improvement packages via our JLTS Model, using systemic therapy practices, focusing on improving mental health and promoting the notion of Mindful Maintenance as a life skill.
Jess Lovibond - systemic Therapeutic Practitioner
I’m Jess and I’m the Director of Jess Lovibond Therapeutic Services (JLTS) CIC.
JLTS provides services for families and schools to help families recover from traumatic events. What’s a traumatic event? Anything that means a family must get used to a ‘new normal’.
I’ve been working with families for over twenty years, mainly in the Social Work arena, both in Residential Children’s Homes and frontline Social Work. For the last few years, I’ve been working with mainstream schools as their numbers of students with unique needs has increased - the concept of JLTS is the outcome of that work with schools.
I’m a therapeutic practitioner with a PGC in Applied Systemic Theory (Family Therapy). This means I start with a detailed assessment of the family over three generations, then work outwards to find the thing that has affected the family’s functioning.
This way of working is very successful for families who are going through tough times and our unique Holistic Assessment Framework ensures that Contextual Safeguarding is as the heart of everything we do.
My team are amazing, they’re all specialists in their fields whether that’s as experts by formal qualification or experience. Between us, there isn’t much we haven’t seen or heard before! We’re all child-centred practitioners who are very knowledgeable about Domestic Abuse, Parenting, ASC, Attachment, and complex relationships.
So, whether you’re a parent or a professional, I hope that you’ll find something helpful here. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please get in touch using our Contact Us form or send us an email: email@example.com, we’re looking forward to helping you.