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For many years, research into ‘looking after children in care’, has found that a clear ethos or philosophy, along with strong leadership are the most consistent factors in services that achieve the best outcomes. What used to be termed a philosophy of care, is now often referred to as a model of care. Whether we are talking about care, therapy or teaching, having a clear model is essential.
This service is led by Patrick Tomlinson and is available internationally. It has been provided in Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland and Portugal.
- A Model Development Curriculum has been created to guide the process. This curriculum is an example, and can be used as it is, or a tailor-made process can be created. Download free PDF
- The curriculum guides the process. It provides learning and development for everyone involved. It enables an efficient way of working with clear timescales
- When an organization is assisted to develop its unique model there will be a high level of ownership, engagement and commitment from all involved
- The model will be more sensitive to the local culture
- The model will be research and evidence-informed and focused on outcomes
- Developing a model in this way is cost-effective
- The service is tailored and can include, individual mentoring, the creation and writing of a model document, and publication of a book
- Online advice, support and training are provided in a flexible, focused and cost-effective manner
The technical and scientific support he provides is incredible. Patrick guarantees support through a vast bibliography not only published by himself, but also by other leading authors, through individual and team supervision on a very regular basis. It allows our professional development and our critical sense. The way of working is in permanent collaboration and co-construction.
Ivone Soares de Almeida - Technical Director, Porto
A Therapeutic Model will show how all aspects of the organization are integrated. It will include:
- Methods of direct work with children and young people
- Child assessment and planning tools
- Leadership and management
- Organization culture and core values
- Policies and procedures
- Staff support and training
He has a proven track record of delivering positive organisational change that results in enduring and successful outcomes for clients and staff.
Paul Van Heeswijk - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
Outcomes and Benefits
- A high-quality model will help consolidate the organization as a centre of excellence - attracting referrals, funding and capable staff
- Becoming trauma-informed. It is highly beneficial for organizations to understand trauma and how to respond to it
- The model will be research and evidence-informed. It will be underpinned by theory, such as neuroscience, trauma, attachment, psychology and psychodynamic
- A clearly articulated model clarifies the task and reduces confusion. This leads to a higher level of congruence, with improved outcomes, funding and cost efficiency
- A model creates a shared language, which helps integrate different professional disciplines
- It is a helpful way of reviewing organization culture and practice
- It is a positive experience of team building - creating a shared vision, values and commitment
- The involvement of stakeholders in the process leads to a high level of ownership and engagement
- The completed model is owned by the organization and becomes a valuable part of its intellectual property
- With an established model, holding a conference, publishing papers, a book all help to establish the organization as a market leader
The process of creating a Model ready for implementation usually takes up to 1 year.
Patrick has been very helpful in assisting with the therapeutic model development for the service I lead. It has been a tough but very fulfilling journey.
Rui Lopes - Director de Casa de Acolhimento Residencial, Lisbon, Portugal
What a Therapeutic Model is and Why it is Important Patrick Tomlinson (2019) Download free PDF
Curriculum for Model Development Download free PDF
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