Category Archives: Attachment

Therapeutic Childcare – The CARE Approach

Earlier this year I set about revising and updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder. The second edition is available from December 2016. As part of the revision process I considered what we might mean when talking about … Continue reading

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Therapeutic CARE and the Triple-A method

As a practising Clinical Psychologist and as a father to three boys I often think of child-rearing as akin to being a farmer who grows crops. The farmer expends significant effort preparing the soil and sowing seeds. Then the farmer waits and … Continue reading

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Media Release: South Australian Program Embraced by Foster Carers in Ireland

An Australian-developed program for foster carers is receiving unreserved support in Donegal, Ireland. Known as the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, the program is currently being delivered by Secure Attachment Matters Ireland with support from TUSLA, the Irish Government Child and … Continue reading

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Foster Carer Wellbeing

Caring for children who are recovering from abuse and neglect is often a difficult and thankless vocation. Children are inconsistently appreciative of your efforts on their behalf; if at all. The professionals whose task it is to support you do … Continue reading

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Foster Care Enriched

People often ask: What can I do to help this child? This is an interesting question. Which of the following statements best reflects the answer you would like to receive to this question, were you asking it? This is what … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Fostering

Why have Therapeutic Models of Care? In an online survey of carers of ‘looked-after-children’ (defined as children who do not live with a birth parent(s) and are in a relative or kinship care placement, adoptive placement, foster placement or residential care … Continue reading

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Attachment theory made simple

The following is an excerpt from Carr, S. (2013). Attachment in Sport, Exercise and Wellness. Routledge: London and New York (pp 1-2) Some months ago a graduate student came to my office visibly excited after reading the prologue section in … Continue reading

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Relationship styles in children with a disability

Relationship Styles in Children with a Disability Based on John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory By: Tara Hearne (Psychology Intern at Secure Start®) and Colby Pearce Relational styles in children can be broken down into four main categories: Secure A child with … Continue reading

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What did the man do?

  I am fascinated by videos such as these, of otherwise untamed species of animal developing a special bond with humans. I am particularly interested when, as in the case of the video below, the member of the otherwise untamed … Continue reading

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Child Protection Reflections

Some reflections on child protection . . . The requirement that children be protected from abuse, neglect and interpersonal trauma is conceptually simple and beyond reproach. Child protection in practice is not-so-simple. Child protection in practice requires the community to … Continue reading

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