Therapeutic Care Blog

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

July 9, 2021 |

More Than Just a Kid in Care – Identity and Culture

This NAIDOC week, I have spent some time listening to the new, 4-part podcast series called “More Than Just a Kid in Care”. Written, produced and edited by young people who have grown up in care in NSW, the first episode explores “identity” and the importance of connection to culture. “I was missing the essence …

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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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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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“It wasn’t just listening to your ideas, it was following through”

In 2019 and 2020, a group of young people with firsthand experience in out-of-home care joined PhD candidate Meaghan Vosz to research the practices associated with ‘giving due weight’ to the views of children and young people in policy making in Australia. They observed over 100 people engaged in policy making across six state and …

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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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Tahlia’s Story: Having a Voice in Out-of-Home Care

Tahlia is a 16-year-old young woman who likes to be in complete control of her world at all times. She is as strong, articulate and as sassy as they come. Tahlia is an incredible advocate not only for herself but for all young people in care. She can recite the Charter of Rights and is …

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Isaac’s Story: Having a Voice in Out of Home Care

Isaac is 15 years old, about 6ft tall, and you know when he is in the room. Isaac lives in his house with one other young person. Isaac experiences the world differently than others. This is because Isaac has Autism and a Moderate Intellectual Disability. Due to this, Isaac asks his team to be patient …

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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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April 29, 2020 |

10 ways to enable young people’s participation in therapeutic residential care

In this blog, I’m keen to offer practitioners in therapeutic residential care some ideas about how to involve young people in decisions that affect their lives. Many young people in residential care have negative experiences of participation. From not being adequately informed about the reasons for entry into care, to not being prepared for care …

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