Current Research

Does the therapeutic model implemented by the Mulberry Bush School benefit the emotionally traumatised children in its care, and if so, in what ways?

Dave Roberts is undertaking a PhD with The Institute of Education. Here are his preliminary findings.


Independent coding of story stems

The school is collaborating with Dr Steve Farnfield and colleagues.
This study is a development from the UCL/Institute of Education quantitative research (2016). The findings from the  study suggested that more investigation is necessary to understand the changes in children’s attachment constructs during their time at the Mulberry Bush School. The aims of this project are:

  • to re-code the story stems using Pat Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM)
  • to develop a fuller and more nuanced interpretation of attachment styles, especially children’s disorganised attachment.


UEL research evaluation of the Mulberry Bush school’s model of reflective practice

The research project is an evaluation of the learning culture provided for practitioners by the Mulberry Bush School. The purpose of the research is to find out how the learning culture makes a difference for educational and therapeutic practitioners both in relation to their professional well-being and in relation to their effectiveness in role. The focus is on the meaning of ‘reflective practice’ and whether opportunities to develop reflective insight translate into learning that practitioners can implement on the ground.

You may also be interested in the following:

The International Centre Research Group
The Therapeutic Care Journal



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