Therapeutic Care Blog

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

December 1, 2021 |

Supporting children in out-of-home care to cope with ambiguous loss

When you think of grief and loss, what comes to your mind?   You may think of the immense sorrow one may experience. For some of us, we can seek solace and take comfort in mourning rituals. Our loved ones may help us come to terms with the loss and find strength to live with …

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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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September 23, 2021 |

How to thrive in lock down, lean into what works in therapeutic care

Lockdown means we lose touch with many things: friends, family, freedom. For young people, therapeutic youth workers and other staff in Intensive Therapeutic Care, however, it also offers an opportunity to lean into what we know works in therapeutic care. As we know, you care for an incredibly vulnerable group of young people who experience …

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September 14, 2021 |

Changing your practice to being trauma informed in therapeutic residential care

Whilst the following Arabian proverb takes a bit to get your head around it leads rather nicely into this blog and our brief introduction on the relevance of the conscious competence model  – or changing your practice to becoming a trauma informed therapeutic residential care worker. “He who knows not, and knows not that he …

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June 16, 2021 |

Reflections on the Therapeutic Specialist Forum

Last month, 40 Therapeutic Specialists from a range of organisation’s gathered in Sydney for the annual Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) Therapeutic Specialist Forum. Across two days participants engaged in workshops, listened to speakers on key issues facing young people in care and collaborated with peers.    A focus on networking and collaboration: Relationship and connection …

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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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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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Client Mix and Matching in Intensive Therapeutic Care

Young people living in residential care are highly vulnerable and have commonly experienced a significant level of trauma and abuse. They often present with complex needs and a range of risk-taking behaviours such as aggression, self-harm, sexualised behaviours, substance misuse and other activities that place themselves or others at risk. As such, it requires a …

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