Therapeutic Childcare Training (TCT)
TCT has piloted a new therapeutic caring programme successfully with one of the London Local Authorities. It is called Attuned Therapeutic Care (ATC)
It covers principles from DDP – Dyadic Development Practice, PACE – Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy and interventions from Nurturing Attachments Training Resource.
The essence of ATC is on building and maintaining relationships with children/young people, which transpires into security and stability for the child who are looked after (in fact for all our children). Which will produce positive outcomes for our children and young/people.
The programme consists of 12 sessions. It is run over 20 weeks one session a fort night each session is 5 hours and 3 hours for reflective practice sessions. There can be flexibility in the timings, duration of sessions and the running time. The sessions use interactive and experiential techniques, which are very much appreciated and valued by the carers.
Reflective practice and mindfulness is introduced early in the sessions and encouraged throughout all sessions.
Foster Carers are saying how much the training is giving them a voice and the opportunity to express true feelings about the styles in which they work with children, have them discussed, reviewed and reflected upon. In turn has allowed them to see the benefits and accept new ways of working with children and young/people.
The foster carer’s have gained a greater understanding of the impact of trauma on a child and how this manifest into so many challenging behaviours.
They are understanding that all neglect/abuse is traumatic to a child. They are learning about the brain development of a child.They are becoming more aware of the importance of effective listening and good effective communications with children and the team around the child.
They have said how they are able to make better sense of the different attachment styles in children, this coupled with cares gaining a better understand of how their own attachment style may be at odds with the child they are caring for. This is awakening greater insights into being able to manage some very challenging behaviours. At the same time this is assisting the realisation of how their own (foster carers) parenting styles, attitudes, assumptions and beliefs have and do impact on children in their care.
The new approaches to work with children and young people are encouraged to be put into practice and some are seeing results. Carers are using different language to describe children and are sharing new insights with family members. Looking at PACE and gaining an in-depth understating of its elements – playfulness, acceptances, curiosity and empathy has been an eye opener for many carers.
For further information on the course please go to Therapeutic Childcare Training website.
And to look at the fantastic feedback from the piloted programme, please look here.