Therapeutic Care Blog

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

May 17, 2022 |

Celebrating IDAHOBIT Day 2022 by sharing LGBTQIA+ youth experiences in care

Today is IDAHOBIT day! International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. LGBTQIA+ Australians are 5x more likely to have experienced depression due to discrimination. 66% of LGBTQIA+ young people experience bullying or harassment based on their identity (Minus18, …

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February 28, 2022 |

Q&A with the Trainer: Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Working with young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour is complex and challenging. Cyra Fernandes and Dan Howell have spent over a 1000 hours in the past year helping carers and professionals working in out-of-home care better respond to young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours. Harmful Sexual Behaviour is an umbrella …

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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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December 22, 2020 |

Q&A with Cate Keady from the Elver Program

Since 2018, Cate Keady has worked within the Department of Communities and Justice to establish and manage the Intensive Support Services Elver Program – in partnership with South Western Sydney Local Health District. Cate recently spoke at our Therapeutic Specialist Forum about the Elver Program, an innovative program that is supporting children and young people in …

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December 16, 2020 |

What works? Promising Practices to Support Young People Who Self Harm

Why do young people in out of home care self-harm? What are the best predictors of suicide and self-harm? What really works when supporting young people who self-harm in out-of-home care? Our latest research brief looks at what the research has to say on these three questions. In this blog, I highlight a few promising …

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July 13, 2020 |

What does voice and choice mean in Intensive Therapeutic Care?

Voice and choice can be an extremely difficult concept in Intensive Therapeutic Care to get right. We know participation is a right, not a privilege, and we also know young people have tremendous capacity to heal and thrive in the context of warm, attuned, responsive and safe relationships. Equally being heard can enhance young people’s self-esteem …

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May 26, 2020 |

Vanessa Farrell Interview: Therapeutic Opportunities in the Time of COVID-19

In this video, we talk to Vanessa Farrell Therapeutic Care Manager at Anglicare. I had the opportunity to hear Vanessa speak at a recent Therapeutic Specialist Community of Practice on how COVID-19 had presented enormous therapeutic opportunities in the context of residential care. In this conversation, Vanessa talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the …

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