Since I began updating A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder in early 2016, the CARE Therapeutic Framework is the name I have used when referring to content and strategies associated with the CARE Model (Consistency, Accessibility, Responsiveness, Emotional Connectedness – Pearce, 2016). Since this time the CARE Therapeutic Framework has been integrated into the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, and has become the organising framework for my training endeavours in Kinship Care and Early Learning (Childcare). The CARE Therapeutic Framework supports knowledge about a therapeutic care environment around the child looks like. As such, it might be distinguished from the Triple-A Model (Attachment, Arousal, Accessibility, to needs provision), which supports knowledge of an optimal psychological environment within the child (Pearce, 2016, 2011, 2010). Both the CARE Therapeutic Framework and the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care support the implementation of practical caregiving strategies for promoting secure attachment, optimal arousal for wellbeing and mastery, and trust in accessibility to needs provision.
In the last four years the CARE Therapeutic Framework has become a comprehensive training package for the provision of therapeutic (re)parenting and caregiving in support of key psychological outcomes for children and young people; including those who are recovering from a tough start to life. It has also become a comprehensive training package for the provision of therapeutic supports to children, parents and other caregivers by support professionals. This is particularly reflected in the Kinship CARE Project, a state-wide training endeavour in South Australia for statutory kinship carers and professionals who support them.
In a number of respects, the CARE Therapeutic Framework has outgrown it’s name. It has developed into a training curriculum for individuals and organisations who are concerned about therapeutic parenting and caregiving, and organisational/professional practice that supports therapeutic parenting and caregiving endeavours.
This is why I have made the decision to refer to the CARE Therapeutic Framework hereafter as The CARE Curriculum. This name more accurately reflects the scope of the training package and its form, whereby it presents in an accessible way what people need to know about therapeutic (re)parenting and caregiving, and what parents, caregivers and professionals need to do to support optimal psychological outcomes for children and young people.
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Pearce, C.M. (2016) A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Second Edition). London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pearce, C.M. (2011). A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children. London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pearce, C.M. (2010). An Integration of Theory, Science and Reflective Clinical Practice in the Care and Management of Attachment-Disordered Children – A Triple A Approach. Educational and Child Psychology (Special Issue on Attachment), 27 (3): 73-86