- Grow therapeutic care environments that support a child’s recovery from adverse childhood experiences
- Grow a common understanding, a common language, and a common approach
- Grow confident and competent carers and support professionals
- Grow independent problem-solving
- Grow service-wide fidelity and accountability
(If you are a kinship carer or staff member of the Kinship Care Program, click the tab above and enter the password to access additional resources, including PDF’s of the slides and handouts. Please note that you can only access these pages via a desktop, laptop or tablet/phone displaying this site in “Classic” view. If you are having difficulty accessing the page, contact us)
Forty-six (46) percent of South Australian children in out-of-home care where there is an authority to place are in kinship care. Not only is Kinship care the largest form of alternate care in South Australia, it is the fastest growing. Since June 2014, kinship care has grown at almost twice the rate as foster care.
Source: DCP Reporting and Statistics
CARE represents a conceptual model of parenting drawn from psychological science. CARE stands for:
C Consistency A Accessibility R Responsiveness E Emotional Connectedness
CARE is implicated in the development of attachment, attachment style and disorders of attachment (RAD & DSED)*. CARE is also implicated in neurological and emotional development, and learning.
CARE offers simple and practical direction for therapeutic re-parenting of children who have experienced relational trauma, and the support of their caregivers.
*Pearce, C (2016), A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Second Edition), London: JKP
The CARE project is a quality project, and promotes competencies and learning outcomes for:
- Kinship Carers
- Kinship Care Support Workers
- Psychologists who work in the kinship care space.
CARE is a strengths-based training program that builds capacity of carers and professionals alike to develop tailored solutions to individual circumstances.
- Up to 260 Kinship Carers
- Metropolitan and Country
- Kinship Care Support Staff
- Psychology Staff
Delivered by Secure Start® and Colby Pearce, Clinical Psychologist, Author and Developer of therapeutic programmes – consulting internationally. Supported by the Department for Child Protection, South Australia.
Contacts: Colby Pearce (Principal Trainer) – firstname.lastname@example.org Georgina Johnson (Relationships Manager) – email@example.com Rebecca Pearce (Project Support) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Training Content: What is ‘Therapeutic Care’? Our ‘Primary Task’ Enriching: Consistency Accessibility Responsiveness Emotional-Connectedness Self-Care Managing complex/challenging behaviours Pre- and Post-Evaluations
Kinship Carers: Four half-day sessions, scheduled fortnightly Half-day call-back session, 2-3 months later 9:30am – 1pm (Metro) 10:30-2pm (Regional)
Kinship Care Support Workers: Two full days of training Full-day call-back three months later
DCP Psychology Project Staff: Two Full days of training Bi-monthly meetings (1.5 hours) with Colby Pearce
Upcoming Training Dates:
Kinship Carer Group 7: Call Back: 6/2/19 10:00am-1:30pm Catering – Light lunch Venue – Strathalbyn Community Centre Coleman Terrace, Strathalbyn
Kinship Carer Group 8: February 4, 18, March 4, 25 9:30am-1pm Catering – Morning tea Venue – Connecting Foster and Kinship Carers Main North Road, Prospect RSVP: By 28/1/19 – click here
Kinship Carer Group 9: February 7, 21, March 7, 21 9:30am-1pm Catering – Morning tea Venue – Bagster Road Community Centre inc. 17 Bagster Road Salisbury North 5108 RSVP: By 28/1/19 – click here
Kinship Carer Regional Training: Port Augusta Call-Back 8/2/19 10:30am – 2pm Catering – Lunch Venue – The Standpipe Golf Motor Inn (Chappel Rm) 3/5 Daw Street, Port Augusta RSVP: By 16/10/18 – click here
Click here if you are a kinship carer who has completed the training and want to access PDF versions of the PowerPoint presentations.
Download the call for expressions of interest here.
Download an information sheet here.
I have a growing library resources on my blog site. Simply click on the image below to go to this Resources page.
To contact Colby: