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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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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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Strengths-based therapeutic foster care

Triple-A is an approach to the therapeutic care of children that emphasises human connection. It is relational, practical and rooted in conventional caregiving practices. As such, it is an enrichment programme, as opposed to a wholesale alternative to conventional caregiving … 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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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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Lessons about Learning: Some Truths about Behaviour Management

Conventional behaviour management, as it is widely used in the care and management of children, incorporates three main techniques: Reinforcement of wanted or desired behaviours; Punishment of unwanted or undesirable behaviours; and Extinction of unwanted or undesirable behaviours by ignoring … 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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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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I am a Sensitive Child

I am a sensitive child. There are many children like me. We find this world a challenging place to live in. We get tired. We get upset. We feel overwhelmed. What you think is a little thing is a big … Continue reading

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