Patrick Tomlinson Profile

Network of Patrick Tomlinson Associates (PTA)

The primary goal is the development of people and organizations. Development is the driving force related to positive outcomes - for service users, professionals and organizations. It is strongly associated with general happiness and fulfilment, which underpins achievement.

Patrick has worked in services for traumatized children since 1985. Working in the field of trauma and attachment informed services he began as a therapeutic residential care worker. He has held roles as team leader; senior manager; Director; CEO; consultant and mentor. In 2008 he set up Patrick Tomlinson Associates (PTA) - to offer professional and organization development services. These services have been provided in Australia, Japan, UK, Ireland, Romania, and Portugal, among others.

Patrick has co-created 12 Therapeutic Models with organizations in Australia, Ireland, Portugal, Japan, and England. He believes strongly in the process of co-creating rather than importing a model. Several Therapeutic Models that Patrick has worked on have gained widespread recognition. Such as the ‘SACCS Recovery Programme’ in England, The Lighthouse ‘Therapeutic Model of Family Care’ in Australia, and the Lar de Nossa Senhora do Livramento ‘Model of Therapeutic Intervention’ in Portugal. He is the author of numerous papers and books.

Patrick is the first CEO I have worked with who could see and understand the balance of business and care or the ‘business of care’ as sometimes referenced.
Eilis Carroll - Head of Children’s Services, The Talbot Group, Ireland

With experience at every level of an organization, Patrick is well-placed to work with organizations on their development. Leaders are supported in creating an inspiring vision and in its successful implementation. Understanding the whole system is a crucial part of this.

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He has acquired a combination of skills, unusual in their breadth and depth, based on his lived experience as a therapeutic carer, manager, leader, trainer and consultant.
John Whitwell - Former, Principal of The Cotswold Community, and Managing Director of ISP, UK

Core Values

PTA services reflect the core values of:

  • Creativity - To achieve great outcomes we need to harness the power of human creativity.
  • Integration - Everyone’s role is an important part of the whole.
  • Resilience - Developing resilience for continuous positive outcomes.
  • Culturally Sensitive - Sensitivity to cultural norms, values, and needs is vital.
  • Ownership - Responsibility, discipline, perseverance, and deliberate practice support success.

Patrick is someone who truly models the model. He is kind, caring, interested, reflective, and passionate. Patrick has a unique way of bringing out the best of people and truly trying to see the potential and unique skills of those he works with; including being strengths-based… He is integrity, alongside vision.
Dr. Karen Treisman - Clinical Psychologist, trainer, & author, UK

His advice and assistance have been so great, helpful, reliable, prompt, kind and warm and fit to Japanese society.
Dr. Hisayo Kaihara - MD (Child Psychiatrist), Tokyo, Japan

Qualifications, Training, & Professional Memberships

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Social Care Leadership. Birmingham University (2007)
  • Certificate of Professional Development (Merit). Social Care Institute of Excellence (2007)
  • Managerial Assessment of Proficiency program - Advanced Award. Shropshire Chamber of Commerce (2004)
  • MA Therapeutic Child Care (CCETSW Approved). Reading University (1996)
  • Fellow - Centre for Social Policy (UK, 2019 -)
  • Full member of APPCIOS eligible for registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council and the Professional Standards Authority (UK), as Psychodynamic Organisational Therapist (2013)
  • Staff Selection and Development Training - In-Depth Psychodynamic Interviewing techniques and Psychometric exercises - the Defence Mechanism Test. (1996-2000 - Pintab Associates)
  • B.Sc. (Hon), Social Administration. Loughborough University (1984)

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