How to train : Some reflections

The training of carers of children in out-of-home-care (OOHC) and the social care professionals who support them is closely aligned. There is an emphasis on imparting what carers and professionals need to know (theory/ideas), and relatively less emphasis on what they need to do (that is, how to put theory in to practice). This might be seen as the logical outcome of how trainers, themselves, were trained, in that formal education of those who train is likely to have itself emphasised the acquisition of knowledge of the subject(s) about which they train.

In my opinion, training ideally pays equal attention to what participants need to know and what they need to do to put this knowledge in to practice. Theoretical content must enable problem-solving (what is going on here?) and the ability to identify what strategies are most likely to address problems (what do I do to address this?). That is, in a context of finite access to additional supports, training ideally supports independent thinking, problem-solving, and self-reliance.

Whether I am writing a book or training package or conducting an implementation project, these ideas are at the forefront of my endeavours. The aim is to not only support an understanding of the subject that promotes effective individual problem-solving and self-reliance, but also to impart knowledge of strategies that address difficulties that are likely to be encountered and how to put these strategies in to practice.


A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Second Edition) represents a practical resources written to facilitate both an understanding of the impact of parenting and adverse relational experiences on the developing child, as well as providing a toolkit of practical strategies to facilitate children’s recovery and growth.

My two programs – The Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care and the CARE Therapeutic Framework – also target the promotion of knowledge of the issues affecting children in out-of-home-care and their caregivers and emphasise training in practical strategies for addressing these issues and the knowledge of when and how to employ them (and anticipated outcomes).

For more information about A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Second Edition), including how to access a copy, visit here.

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About colbypearce

I am a practising Clinical Psychologist with twenty-seven years’ experience working with children and young people recovering from abuse and neglect. I am also an author and educator in trauma-informed, therapeutic caregiving. My programs are implemented in Australia and Ireland, and I am well-known for my practical and accessible guidance for caregivers and professionals alike.
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2 Responses to How to train : Some reflections

  1. Thank you I think I’ll take a look. I personally love the TBRI strategies from “The Connected Child” or Karyn Purvis’ videos on YouTube. The Anne E. Casey foundation has the training slides for the ARC model online. However, they are more like what you mentioned about theories and less about actions. I can’t wait to read what you’ve got here!

    • colbypearce says:

      Thank you for your comment and your interest. I am just reviving this blog after a couple of years of little activity and plan to bring more how to content very soon and on a regular basis. Best wishes.

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