Therapeutic Care Blog

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

May 2, 2022 |

Come on it’s Only a Game

Many of you will have experienced something like the following… A residential worker is observing two young people playing table tennis in the rear yard of the residential unit. One of the boys is quite skillful and he is winning most of the points and then suddenly the other boys stamps on the table tennis …

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April 21, 2022 |

Book Review – What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Recovery by Dr Perry and Oprah Winfrey

Dr Perry and Oprah Winfrey recently released What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Recovery. The book tells the story of how adverse childhood experiences cause deep emotional scars, impact brain development, our personalities, our behaviours, and are a powerful predictor of our risk for physical and mental health problems later in life. …

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January 13, 2022 |

The Therapeutic Power of Laughter

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Mark Twain   We all like to laugh. It makes us feel good. Among humans, laughter begins as early as four months of age (Lovorn, 2008). A child with a well-developed sense of humour has been described as “becoming a joy tracker …

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November 11, 2021 |

Children, young people and sleep

Many of those of you who know me, know that I have a big interest in sleep hygiene and the children and young people in out of home care (OOHC). To this end I have put together a small package of material that I hope you will take the time to look at and discuss …

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November 10, 2021 |

Trauma Informed Relationship-Based Recovery Reflection Tool

“Childhood trauma has the potential to interrupt the normal physical, physiological, emotional, mental and intellectual development, of children and can have wide-ranging, and often life-long implications for their health and wellbeing.” (Van der Kolk, 2007) Children and young people can recover from adverse childhood experiences. However, this requires that the adults they live with and/or …

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May 16, 2021 |

‘It happens to boys too’: Child Sexual Exploitation

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the profile and awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Undoubtedly there is a benefit of increased awareness and understanding of the exploitation of children and young people, however, the narrative has remained overwhelmingly focused on female victims and male perpetrators. Much discussion focuses on …

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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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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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