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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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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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Media Release: Proactive Needs Provision Vital for Recovery From Child Abuse

What follows is a media release for the event at which I spoke on Thursday the 22nd of October in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Ireland. The clip to the right is the article in The Northern Standard that appeared on 31/10/15. PROACTIVE … 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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