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 Triple-A Model of Therapeutic Care incorporates common-sense, practical ideas and strategies for:
- Establishing a therapeutic care environment;
- Promoting secure attachment, optimal arousal, and acceptance of conventional care for the satisfaction of needs among children recovering from adverse childhood experiences; and
- Promoting the wellbeing and self-efficacy of the caregivers of these children.
There are three 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 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 email@example.com.
*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