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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.


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

Overall Objective

A Therapeutic Model will show how all aspects of the organization are integrated. It will include:

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

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  1. A high-quality model will help consolidate the organization as a centre of excellence - attracting referrals, funding and capable staff
  2. Becoming trauma-informed. It is highly beneficial for organizations to understand trauma and how to respond to it
  3. The model will be research and evidence-informed. It will be underpinned by theory, such as neuroscience, trauma, attachment, psychology and psychodynamic
  4. 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
  5. A model creates a shared language, which helps integrate different professional disciplines
  6. It is a helpful way of reviewing organization culture and practice
  7. It is a positive experience of team building - creating a shared vision, values and commitment
  8. The involvement of stakeholders in the process leads to a high level of ownership and engagement
  9. The completed model is owned by the organization and becomes a valuable part of its intellectual property
  10. 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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