Category Archives: trauma informed practice

Tackling Childhood Neglect

I first met the author, Lynne Peyton, in Perth, Australia, in February 2016. Lynne initiated contact with me in follow-up to a speaking engagement I delivered at the Child Wellbeing Centre in Castleblayney, Ireland, the previous October. Since the connection … Continue reading

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When Punishment is Problematic

People do not act for no reason.
They may act in response to an idea.
They may act in response to an emotion. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Trauma-informed in South Australia: the Kinship CARE Project

As at September 2018 there were 1717 children in kinship care placements in South Australia, representing 46% of all children in out-of-home care with an authority for placement (Department for Child Protection Reporting and Statistics). Year-by-year statistics for the period … Continue reading

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Reactive Attachment Disorder and the Looking-Glass-Self

Epilogue In his 1902 publication, Human Nature and the Social Order, Charles Horton Cooley introduced the concept of the Looking Glass Self to portray his idea that an individual’s perception of themselves develops in association with how they experience others … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Mice: An Attachment Story

Following the popularity of the allegory, A Tale of Three Mice, which formed the prologue to the first edition of A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder, when I was asked by my publisher to prepare a Second Edition … Continue reading

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Therapeutic Parenting : What is it?

Across a career spanning almost 25 years I have spent much of my time engaging with caregivers of deeply hurt and troubled children.

Caregivers of these children often ask: What can I do to help this child?

This is an interesting question.

Which of the following statements best reflects the answer you would like to receive to this question, were you asking it? … Continue reading

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Trauma Informed Care: The CARE Therapeutic Framework

The CARE Therapeutic Framework: A Whole-Of-Service Kinship Care Training and Implementation Programme Author/Developer: Colby Pearce, Clinical Psychologist The CARE Therapeutic Framework[1] is an evidence-informed, strengths-based approach. It draws attention to conventional aspects of caregiving and relating that support optimal developmental … Continue reading

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The Hawthorne Effect in Schools

The notion of the Hawthorne Effect is derived from a series of experiments conducted in the 1920s and 1930s at the Hawthorne works of the Western Electric Company. In these experiments, the experimenters manipulated aspects of the working conditions of some employees … Continue reading

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A tale of four children and their trip to the adventure playground: A resilience story

This following story represents an allegory for the approach to promoting resilience in children as found in the prologue to: Pearce, C. A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011 Once upon a time there were … Continue reading

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