Category Archives: Training Programs

Foster and Kinship Care Training Programs at Secure Start

At Secure Start we offer programs based on the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care and the CARE Therapeutic Framework. Both programs were developed by Colby Pearce, are based in psychological science, but are delivered in an accessible way. Both programs … Continue reading

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Kinship CARE Project Update

The Kinship CARE Project has been extended to 2020. The Kinship CARE Project is a joint initiative of the Department for Child Protection (DCP) and Secure Start®. At the time of writing, and over the previous 18 months, Kinship CARE … Continue reading

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Childhood Trauma Fact Sheets for Early Learning Educators

I am pleased to be able to make available three fact sheets for early learning educators. Continue reading

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Foster and Kinship Care Week 2019

Our society simply cannot intervene to protect children and support them to achieve to their potential without foster and kinship carers. We owe them a lot! Continue reading

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Raising Kids Who Have High and Complex Needs – The Importance of Self Care

Self-care supports wellbeing that sustains us through tough times and our success in the task or role we are performing. Continue reading

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The CARE Therapeutic Framework

A trauma informed, strengths-based approach to promoting optimal developmental, behavioural and mental health outcomes for children and young people. Continue reading

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Child CARE: Our New Program for long day care and early learning centres

What is Child CARE? Child CARE is a four-session (plus optional call-back) interactive training program designed to support: Wellbeing Growth and development Optimal behaviour Recovery from adversity Among children in early-learning and long day-care. Child CARE offers a framework for … Continue reading

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Child development: The importance of emotional connection

Emotional connection, initiated by an adult caretaker, is important because it supports several extremely important aspects of a child’s emotional development. Connecting with the emotional experience of an infant supports a reciprocal emotional connection from the infant. Within this emotional … Continue reading

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A Short Introduction to the Kinship CARE Project

Access a PDF of the full article here. In South Australia, forty-six percent of children in out-of-home care with an authority to place are in a kinship care placement. Kinship care is the largest form of out-of-home care in South … Continue reading

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Complex Trauma: Three things you need to know about how it impacts the developing child

Complex Trauma occurs when children experience prolonged and debilitating fear and distress as a result of adverse experiences that occur recurrently and/or in combination, and where the person or person’s who are responsible for keeping the child safe from harm and alleviate their distress is/are:
1. unable to alleviate the child’s distress; or
2. responsible or the child’s distress. Continue reading

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