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
CUSTTAD.COM was our first ever web site but in this updated version it will also be playing host to the material transferred from the site entitled THE MAKING OF CUSTTAD. This is closing down for cost and practical considerations.
Our other main site which can be found at www.custtadcentral.com functions as both a general information site and as a portal to the CUSTTAD TRAINING PROGRAM
THE ORIGINAL TEXT can be accessed using the MENU link at the top of the page.
THREE of the ORIGINAL IMAGES
WHERE CUSTTAD BEGAN
CUSTTAD AND THE FAMILY
CUSTTAD with MILK WATER or JUICE