CUSTTAD had its beginnings on HAIDA GWAII, a group of islands off the north west coast of Canada. It was developed in the east end of GLASGOW and achieved its present form in a community-based NHS clinic in the north west of that same city.
CUSTTAD is about creating conditions which are conducive to children sharing their concerns if and when they feel able or inclined to do so. And, having accessed those concerns, CUSTTAD is about making all possible efforts to support the child in the task of addressing them, as speedily and as effectively as possible.
CUSTTAD draws on some of the well-tried and tested practices of art, play and child psychotherapy. It places particular emphasis on the inter-related use of sand trays and a procedure called Talk and Draw. CUSTTAD is an acronym for the Combined Use of Sand Trays and Talk And Draw.
The practice of CUSTTAD takes place with a child and a trained worker in a room specially resourced and dedicated for the purpose.
CUSTTAD is particularly suited to children between the ages of five and eleven but some older and some younger children also find it useful.
CUSTTAD's development and implementation are overseen by a group which includes a Head Teacher, a Principal Teacher, a Behaviour Support Worker and a Senior Family Therapist.
THE ORIGINAL CUSTTAD SITE
www.custtad.com was our first ever web site but in this updated version it is also playing host to the material transferred from the now non existent site entitled THE MAKING OF CUSTTAD.
Our other main site, which is the gateway to the CUSTTAD TRAINING PROGRAM, can be found at www.custtadcentral.com.
THREE of the ORIGINAL IMAGES
WHERE CUSTTAD BEGAN
CUSTTAD AND THE FAMILY
CUSTTAD with MILK WATER or JUICE