Patrick has a deep understanding of therapeutic model development, organisation dynamics and leadership. I continue to draw on his teachings in my senior management position to this day and he is a go-to mentor, skillful at facilitating self-reflection.
Emma Griffiths - CEO at Gloucestershire Counselling Service, UK
In Australia, the most clearly articulated model of Therapeutic Residential Care is that offered by the Lighthouse Foundation (Ainsworth 2012; Barton, Gonzales and Tomlinson 2012) that owes much to the Cotswold Community in the UK.
McNamara, P.M. (2015) A New Era in the Development of Therapeutic Child Care in the State of Victoria, in, Whittaker, J.K., del Valle, J.F. and Holmes, L. (2015) Therapeutic Residential Care for Children: Developing Evidence-Based International Practice, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
I have had the pleasure to work collaboratively with Patrick Tomlinson Associates for over 3 years. The key to the success of the work has been the way we have established a strong working relationship across international boundaries. Patrick has brought a variety of essential skills to the projects that we have worked on. He has demonstrated great knowledge and expertise, reliability, high quality work, and has always delivered on time. His service has been very productive and cost effective, due to his ability to systematically work through any potential challenges that would take a less evolved individual many additional months. We are now in a position where we are ready to achieve our strategic aim of transferring our practice model to organisations across Australia and then internationally, thanks to the enormous contribution of Patrick Tomlinson.
Rudy Gonzalez - Executive Director (Former), Lighthouse Foundation, Australia
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. Being mentored by Patrick has definitely been of most importance for the achievement of positive results.
Rui Lopes - Director de Casa de Acolhimento Residencial, Lisbon Area, Portugal
I have been leading a 3-year research project funded by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We are researching worldwide, effective approaches in working with traumatized children in residential and foster care. I have consulted with Mr. Patrick Tomlinson for over 2 years by email and he has visited Japan in 2012 and 2013 to work on the project. His advice and assistance have been so great, helpful, reliable, prompt, kind and warm and fit to Japanese society. Patrick Tomlinson is the very right person to understand quickly the situation and the problems of looked after children in Japan, visiting several children homes, talking with carers of children homes, foster parents, senior executives and professionals.
He is really an excellent lecturer listening to the audience’s questions and quickly understanding their needs. He has also prepared articles with more than 100 pages for the lectures and these translated materials help the audiences in their daily work very much. The survey taken from the audiences after his lectures has shown that 100% answered very satisfied and helpful. And they have commented they have never listened to such helpful lectures before.
Dr. Hisayo Kaihara - MD (Child Psychiatrist), Tokyo, Japan
Patrick has an excellent knowledge base and a high level of skill in taking plans forward.
Dr. Neil Thompson - PhD, DLitt, UK
The mentoring with Mr. Patrick Tomlinson has had a very positive impact upon my work but also upon my personal development. Having access to an expert point of view and to valuable knowledge provided by Patrick, determined a great enhancement of my working skills.
Dr. Ioana Boldis - Psychologist, General Direction of Social Assistance and Child Protection, Cluj, Romania
I have known Patrick for 25 years. I have worked with him in several organisations in the UK and Ireland. These organizations deliver therapeutic services to young people who have attachment and/or learning difficulties. Patrick has always sought to develop models of care that provide a secure base to contain, orientate and inspire the individuals and teams who carry out such important and difficult work. He understands how leadership and management structures need both to reflect the model of care and to facilitate its implementation.
Patrick understands how easily organisations can drift or become ineffective and unsupportive under the daily pressure of the work. Importantly, he demonstrates the ability to provide an emotionally containing leadership presence in highly challenging circumstances. He has a proven track record of delivering positive organisational change that results in enduring and successful outcomes for clients and staff. He has an impressive aptitude for identifying core issues and developing practical plans of action.
Paul Van Heeswijk - Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist
In two years, we have gone from being new to a thriving organization. We have also been featured in 2 national newspapers, TV and Radio. Patrick has been very encouraging. I have found it very helpful to have someone with so much knowledge in the area of trauma and young people, as well as business development, to work with about the various challenges, and successes we have experienced to date.
Debbie Woolfe - Founder and Director, Stable Relationships, Equine Assisted Learning, UK
From the introduction through the final appendices, I was struck by the constant and integrated presence of thinking, feeling and reflection as integral to meeting the needs of young people, whether at an individual or organisational level… This book offers vision and motivation to those with requisite courage to work towards a more humane system of care for children and young people.
Therapeutic Residential Child Care for Children and Young People: An Attachment and Trauma-Informed Model for Practice (Susan Barton, Rudy Gonzalez and Patrick Tomlinson, 2012) London, Jessica Kingsley.
Excerpt of book review, by Laura Steckley, Course Director, MSc Advanced Residential Child Care, Glasgow School of Social Work, Scotland
In a very short space of time, I have developed my career and my thinking, with his expert guidance, support and experience. Our work together continues not only to have a significant impact on my personal development but has vastly improved my financial situation and outlook. I look forward to continuing working with him.
Claudia Kempsinka - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Practitioner- Skills Based Intervention Team at CAMHS NHS Northampton, UK
I have worked with Patrick Tomlinson on many books, and it is always a genuine pleasure. Patrick is both knowledgeable, with a deep understanding of his subject area, and a skilled writer. In his books he communicates complex ideas and concepts in a clear and structured way and always with a keen awareness of the needs of his readers and publishers’ commercial concerns. I have always found Patrick to be reliable, conscientious and thoughtful in my dealings with him, and value him as a source of advice.
Stephen Jones - Senior Commissioning Editor, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK and USA
As a mentor Patrick has helped me think about what is important to me, helped me to think for myself and make sense of my options in terms of the work I do, and in my own personal development. Along with a space for self-reflection, our relationship has supported my decision-making abilities. Our discussions are always thought provoking, in that they are usually deep and to the point. He helps me get to the core of the matter. Patrick doesn’t tend to quickly offer solutions for my questions, he provides a space in which I can find my own answers. I have great respect for Patrick, his work, knowledge and experience and will continue to recommend him.
Liza Aitken - Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Trainer
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