The Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care is a comprehensive approach to the therapeutic care of children recovering from adverse childhood experiences, the support of adults in a caregiving role who look after them, and professionals who support both.
Triple-A incorporates two conceptual frameworks:
- CARE* – a conceptual framework about parenting derived from evidence-based psychological theories; and
- AAA** – an evidence-based conceptual framework about the psychological functioning of children recovering from adverse childhood experiences.
The two conceptual frameworks are translated into a five-step implementation methodology:
- For carers who are caring for children recovering from abuse and neglect (therapeutic care);
- For carers’ own self-care (therapeutic self-care); and
- For support professionals (being a Triple-A Practitioner); the latter facilitating carer implementation and fidelity to the Model.
There is a strengths focus. Triple-A validates and empowers carers, and professionals who support them. Triple-A acknowledges that children see themselves as they experience others to see them.
There are three training modules for Triple-A:
- Parent/caregiver training module (2.5 days)
- Triple-A Practitioner training module (2.5 days)
- Triple-A Train-the-Trainer Module (5 days).
Triple-A training can be delivered to foster and relative/kinship carers and social work/social care professionals jointly.
Triple-A is the preferred Model of Care for TUSLA (Child and Family Agency) foster carers in Co. Donegal, Ireland, where it is currently being implemented as a three-year project***.
For more information about the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, contact author, Colby Pearce, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Pearce, C (2016), A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder (Second Edition). 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
***Pearce, C & Gibson, J (2016), A Preliminary Evaluation of the Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care, Foster, 2, 95-104