Therapeutic Care Blog

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

June 2, 2022 |

Frequently Asked questions by Foster Carers: Behaviours that Challenge

On any given night there are about 18000 children and young people are in foster care in Australia. Most foster carers will be the first to tell you how rewarding it is – but it is also challenging, tiring, and sometimes distressing. Children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) often have early adverse life …

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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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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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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 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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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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