Therapeutic Care Blog

The CETC blog tells the stories behind 'what works' in Intensive Therapeutic Care

April 29, 2021 |

Review of New Briefing Papers on Child Sexual Exploitation

Much of the available research regarding the sexual exploitation of children and young people is explored through the prism of victim as female and perpetrator as male. As a result, considerable knowledge gaps persist in respect to the interplay between victim gender and their individual characteristics, the abuse process and official responses to them. It …

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April 27, 2021 |

New, free training: Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation

Last week, we launched our new Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation online training resource for caseworkers, residential workers, house supervisors and managers, therapeutic specialists and organisational leaders working in out of home care and therapeutic care. The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care was commissioned by the New South Wales Department of Communities and Justice to develop a training …

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April 19, 2021 |

How do you prepare for the transitioning of young people into an Intensive Therapeutic Care house? Part 1

This is a two-part blog and will focus on the transition of young people into an Intensive Therapeutic Care house; however, most of the content is transferrable to other placement types in out of home care. We begin at the point of transition planning, assuming the placement matching and assessment has occurred, and a young …

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April 19, 2021 |

How do you prepare for the transitioning of young people into an Intensive Therapeutic Care house? Part 2

In the first part of the Blog, we explored limit and expectation setting, maintaining a state of occupancy and the planning process for a successful transition. In part two of the Blog, we will dive into the preparation of the team, young person and the other young people currently residing in the home. Preparation Preparing …

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April 16, 2021 |

Behaviours that challenge: What has happened to you?

Children and young people living in Therapeutic Residential Care in Australia often present with a range of behaviours that challenge us. The complexity and difficulty in working with these challenging behaviours led us to write a Practice Guide: Behaviours that Challenge to assist therapeutic residential workers to better understand why young people might display these …

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March 9, 2021 |

A Story You May Recognise

Peta had worked in residential care for 18 months. She took the position because she had had a difficult childhood and she felt that she had a lot to offer the young people in care. She was currently undertaking Cert IV and she was really enjoying it. There was a new young woman in the …

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February 9, 2021 |

Achieving Effective Supervision – Games That Supervisors Play

In the previous blog, we discussed how easy it is for the supervisor/supervisee relationship to be consciously or sub-consciously ambushed by power/defensive game play. Kadushin (1968) described games as repetitive patterns arising between supervisor and supervisee, where one or both players consciously or subconsciously adopt a strategy to maximise safety and minimise potential threat. Even …

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February 3, 2021 |

Neuroscience Meets Leadership

In this blog, I explore the relationship between neuroscience and leadership. The latest research in neuroscience tells us that our neurobiology is what drives our behaviour and defines how we, as leaders, make meaning, solve problems, and carry out tasks with others. First, a quick refresher on two critical areas of the brain that affect …

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January 27, 2021 |

“Just ask Us”: Insights into working with young people with disability

In late 2020, the Advocate for Children Young People (ACYP) shared their first report dedicated exclusively to the unique lived experiences of young people with disability. They asked 370 children and young people with disability across NSW: What is working well for you and other children and young people in NSW? What is not working …

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January 12, 2021 |

Q&A with Mohita Kapoor from CREATE Foundation

In September 2020 Mohita Kapoor, the NSW State Coordinator for the CREATE Foundation was invited to speak at our Therapeutic Specialist forum for those working within the Intensive Therapeutic Care system. Therapeutic Specialists were curious to learn more about the role of CREATE in supporting young people in therapeutic residential care and had some follow-up …

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