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Category Archives: trauma informed care
Why do my child’s support professionals say that behaviour management doesn’t work?
Posted on February 2, 2023 by colbypearce
Conventional responses to behaviours of concern, such as reward and punishment strategies, are widely considered to be ineffective in addressing the complex and challenging behaviours exhibited by children and young people who have experienced complex, relational, or early/developmental trauma. This … Continue reading →
Child Welfare Intervention Outcomes: What we know and what we see
Posted on October 23, 2022 by colbypearce
What outcomes do you expect to see as a result of my service provision? This is a question I routinely ask in my work. Put another way: These are, perhaps, the fundamental questions that get at the hopes of the … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Therapy, Training Programs, trauma informed care, trauma informed practice, Trauma Informed Schools | Tagged Attachment Disorder, attachment theory, Child Protection, child welfare, child welfare leadership, foster care, kinship care, psychologist, psychology, schools, Social Care, Social Work, socialworker, trauma informed | 3 Comments
Achieving best outcomes from care
Posted on September 7, 2022 by colbypearce
Twenty-seven years continuous work in child protection and child welfare, including ongoing work with young adults who have transitioned from Care, has taught me some extremely valuable lessons about long-term outcomes of a childhood spent in State Care. In particular, … Continue reading →
Posted in Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, Therapy, trauma informed, trauma informed care, Trauma Informed Schools | Tagged childprotection, childwelfare, childwelfareleadership, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, psychology, socialcare, socialwork, teachers, traumainformed, traumainformedschools | Leave a comment
What is the infant’s experience of early trauma?
Posted on June 17, 2022 by colbypearce
Below are my notes from a twenty-minute presentation I delivered on 15/6/22 on behalf of The Tweddle Foundation, at their event marking Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Good morning. My name is Colby Pearce, and I am a practising … Continue reading →
What do children in care need to recover from relational trauma?
Posted on May 18, 2022 by colbypearce
In recent posts I have referred to three things that children in out-of-home care need, and need adults who are responsible for their care and welfare to understand, to support their recovery from complex relational trauma. These three things are: … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed, trauma informed care | Tagged attachment, attachment theory, Child Protection, child welfare, child welfare leadership, fostercare, kinshipcare, Social Care, social care worker, therapeutic care, trauma informed | Leave a comment
How long does it take for therapeutic care strategies to work?
Posted on April 20, 2022 by colbypearce
The ‘failure’ of a therapeutic care strategy to achieve the desired outcome on first administration does not necessarily mean that it will not or that it is a worthless strategy. Children and young people who are recovering from a tough … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Attachment, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed, trauma informed care | Tagged adoption, Child Protection, child welfare, child welfare leadership, foster care, kinship care, Social Care, socialwork, therapeutic care, trauma informed | Leave a comment
Why does my child need ‘therapeutic care’?
Posted on April 1, 2022 by colbypearce
A child’s adjustment, like many aspects of their functioning, is usefully thought of as sitting on a spectrum ranging from maladjustment at one end to positive adjustment at the other end. Where a child is on this spectrum depends on … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed care | Tagged adoption, childprotection, childwelfare, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, socialwork, trauma informed | Leave a comment
Why does my child follow me to the bathroom?
Posted on March 14, 2022 by colbypearce
Those who take care of children who are recovering from a tough start to life commonly report that the child in their care follows them to the bathroom, and becomes unreasonably distressed when prevented from doing so. In my experience … Continue reading →
Why do my kids destroy their belongings?
Posted on February 21, 2022 by colbypearce
Destruction of their clothes, toys and other belongings is not necessarily a sign of ingratitude or disrespect. Many children who are recovering from a tough start to life due to abuse and neglect are mistrustful of receiving nice things and … Continue reading →
Posted in AAA Caregiving, Adoption, Fostering, kinship care, Parenting, trauma informed, trauma informed care | Tagged attachment, Child Protection, child welfare, fostercare, kinshipcare, parenting, traumainformed | Leave a comment
Why is my child’s room always messy?
Posted on February 12, 2022 by colbypearce
Messy bedrooms are not necessarily evidence of a chaotic mind or wilful disobedience. For children who are recovering from a tough start to life due to abuse and neglect or other forms of hardship, it can be a sign that … Continue reading →