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We leverage modern digital solutions to expand how carers and professionals access and engage with training and peer-learning about trauma-informed care. We do this through accredited and non-accredited training, facilitation of peer networks, leading research initiatives, and translating knowledge to guide practice. Community of Practices workshops for therapeutic specialists, house managers and more.



Written by: Noel Macnamara
The brain is preoccupied with our safety. However, being safe doesn’t equal feeling safe. Have you ever said to yourself, “I know it’s true, but it doesn’t feel true”? The thinking brain (the upper part of the brain) can “know” it is safe, while the emotional brain (the lower part of the brain) doesn’t feel safe. Children need to experience felt safety to recover from traumatic events and adverse histories.
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We all hear that we must prioritise our wellness and mental health, but what does this actually mean? How do you practice “self-care” when it feels like one more exhausting task on your to-do list? And when it’s so much easier to just put it off until later and start watching your favourite Netflix series instead… If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, lacking in compassion, or burnt out, practicing mindfulness during your day, especially in the workplace, could be the answer.
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Written by: Billy Black
If you’ve ever found a resolution hard to stick to and depressing to fail, remember that young people in out-of-home care have similar experiences with care goals. If you’re working with someone who’s struggling with a care goal, maybe this can help you find something outside the box that would fit their abilities better. A goal that is a trivially easy behavioural direction change rather than a behavioural destination puts less pressure on kids to be “better” and offers an avenue for slower and more permanent progress, with more opportunities to enjoy success.
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    how we can help

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    We partner with leading researchers to identify and fill the gaps in knowledge about what works in out-of-home care.


    We facilitate monthly communities of practice for therapeutic specialists, and those with a clinical role, in therapeutic residential care.


    We innovate and curate collections of knowledge on critical practice issues in out-of-home care.



    About us

    Why is reflection important for trauma-informed work?

    Why did you become a therapeutic specialist?

    What would you tell others thinking about becoming a therapeutic specialist?

    What changes have you seen in the young people you work with?

    What are the best parts of being a therapeutic specialist?

    What are the challenges of being a therapeutic specialist?

    How does the exposure to trauma impact on staff?

    What is the role of relationship in therapeutic care?

    What is an average day for a therapeutic specialist?

    What is a therapeutic specialist?

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