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Little Troopers Therapy Programme

Individual referrals open again in January 2023

Due to demand we have temporarily closed the individual referral form and plan to re-open applications in January 2023. Group referrals still remain open. 

Please keep an eye on social media and the Little Troopers Newsletter for updates.

Therapy Programme for military children

A new Therapy Programme in England that supports the mental health and wellbeing of children whose parents serve in the British Armed Forces.

The tri-service Little Troopers Therapy Programme offers free one-to-one psychotherapy sessions and community therapy groups for forces children who feel particularly impacted specifically by the challenges that military life can bring, such as having a parent deployed or moving home and school frequently.

There will also be an on-demand session available by the end of 2022 for parents, to help them better support their children at home.

Please note that your email will only be picked up in usual working hours and we are unable to respond to any emergency or crisis communication. This project is not for children in a mental health crisis.  If your child is at current risk of life, then please take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • Contact your GP for an emergency appointment
  • Attend your local A&E/call 999
  • Contact your local crisis line for mental health 24hrs support
  • You can also text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 for free, to have an anonymous text conversation with a volunteer, which is run by a mental health charity as advised by the NHS.
  • Contact your local CAMHS team HERE
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One-to-one therapy sessions

Open to referrals for any school-age military children from reception through to 18, the one-to-one therapy programme will include six hour-long therapy sessions with a qualified psychotherapist from The Owl Centre. The CQC approved therapy centre has more than 550 clinicians across England, so the sessions will be delivered face-to-face at the child’s home or in a local space agreed with each individual family. During the course, each child will explore their feelings and focus on a different topic each session including emotional regulation, uncertainty and change, relationships, resilience and life-story work. 

GROUP SESSIONS FOR TEENS

The group sessions are aimed at military teens and will also be delivered in person by a qualified Owl Centre psychotherapist who will visit local youth clubs, cadet units, community centres, after school clubs and other community groups. Group leaders are able to apply for a session for up to ten military children.

Please use this form for INDIVIDUAL referrals

Referral Information

  • Please complete all fields to the best of your knowledge
  • This brief referral form will be accessed and a member of the Little Troopers team will be in touch within 10 days
  • All successful referrals will be sent on to The Owl Centre who will be in touch directly to process the referral and arrange provision of therapy delivery
  • The bespoke 121 therapy is to support military challenges faced, this is not a therapy programme for children in a mental health crisis situation needing immediate support.
  • This funding is currently for England only  based military families
  • For group referrals for military teen groups please email [email protected]
This project has been made possible by funding awarded by The Natonal Lottery.

Please use this form for GROUP referrals

Referral Information

  • Please complete all fields to the best of your knowledge.
  • This brief referral form will be accessed and a member of the Little Troopers team will be in touch within 10 days.
  • All successful referrals will be sent on to The Owl Centre who will be in touch directly to process the referral and arrange provision of therapy delivery.
  • The bespoke 121 therapy is to support military challenges faced, this is not a therapy programme for children in a mental health crisis situation needing immediate support.
  • This funding is currently for England only  based military families, Wales based please still fill form in as we can forward your referral.
  • Any questions please email [email protected]
This project has been made possible by funding awarded by The Natonal Lottery.