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Foster Care Training in Ireland

Project Update: The project to develop new pre- (and post-) approval foster care training resources for Ireland. Tasks completed: • Review of existing resources in use in Ireland, including Foundations for Fostering, New Beginnings and Fostering Relations; • Review of … Continue reading

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Four Essential Enrichment Activities to Promote Recovery at School from Interpersonal Trauma

Greet the child before they do anything to initiate engagement with you. Greeting children in this way offers them the experience that they are in your thoughts, that they are worthy and that you are accessible. This is necessary as … Continue reading

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CARERS must CARE – Lessons on attachment from Colby Pearce

It was such a privilege to be asked recently to write a review for Colby Pearce’s second edition of a ‘Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder’. Colby Pearce is one of the leading experts in attachment and as a … Continue reading

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Foster Carers report Model of Care Interesting and Helpful

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is an independent authority established to drive high-quality and safe care for people using health and social care services in Ireland. HIQA monitors foster care services against the National Standards for Foster Care, … Continue reading

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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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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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Teen Suicide Prevention: Connection Matters

A great deal of scientific and social endeavour is expended on preventing suicide. Few losses evoke emotions in others as much as a person’s death by their own hand. A person’s suicide evokes predictable questions: Why did they not confide … Continue reading

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Punishment is Problematic

People do not act for no reason. They may act in response to an idea. They may act in response to an emotion. They may act in response to a need that requires satisfaction. They may act because the way … Continue reading

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Parental Trust Post Trauma

Parental “trust” post-trauma What follows is an allegory that forms part of how I help young people understand parental care and protection and reframe “they no longer trust me” narratives following a traumatic event. This is a story about a little … 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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