The 10 Essential Elements of Intensive Therapeutic Care NSW – practice guide

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Dec 2020

Written by Janise Mitchell

This guide has been developed to describe the 10 Essential Elements that form the basis for Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) service provision in NSW. The 10 Essential Elements have been developed as an evidence informed approach to the provision of high quality therapeutic care within the NSW ITC service system. The guide provides a background to and overview of the 10 Essential Elements and considerations for practice.

 

The 10 Elements of Intensive Therapeutic Care in NSW

  • Therapeutic Specialist
  • Trained staff and consistent rostering
  • Engagement and participation of young people
  • Client mix
  • Care Team Meetings
  • Reflective Practice
  • Organisational congruence and commitment
  • Physical environment
  • Transition planning, exit planning and post exit support
  • Governance and quality therapeutic practice

 

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