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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. He works with organizations so that they create and have ownership of their unique therapeutic model. He believes that creativity and ownership are central to model development.

His deep knowledge of the development of therapeutic models and his vast field experience made us believe that, in Portugal, and in our Residential Service it would be possible to start this process of changing the paradigm of generalist residential care. The technical and scientific support he provides is incredible.
Ivone Soares de Almeida - Technical Director, Porto, Portugal

The Development of Therapeutic Models in Services for Children & Young People

Whole-System therapeutic models have been shown to have a significant impact on achieving positive outcomes in trauma services. They are especially important in services for children and young people who have suffered from trauma and other adversities. In some countries, governments will not place children and young people with organizations unless they have a clear research-informed model.

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

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Who is it for?

Organizations who provide residential and foster care services for children and young people can all benefit from this. The Model Development can be carried out online for organizations anywhere in the world. On-site visits can also be arranged to support the project.

What are the 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.

How does it work?

We will work together to create a therapeutic model based on a whole-system approach. It will be culturally sensitive, and research-informed. Patrick Tomlinson has international experience in the creation of therapeutic models.

A lack of a model often leads to inconsistency and confusion | Without a model, the strongest research-informed approaches may not be matched with children and young people’s needs | A strong model improves team working and cohesion across the organization | It is an integral part of organization values, vision, and mission.

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.
Rudy Gonzalez - Executive Director (Former), Lighthouse Foundation, Australia

A full model document underpinned by research-informed theory is produced. All organizational policies, protocols, and practices are reviewed and aligned with the model.

How we work together will be agreed according to your needs. For example, do you need a mentor/consultant to support your work? Or do you need a more in-depth process of co-creation? There is considerable flexibility in time and cost according to your needs. Usually, the process follows this pattern:

Year 1 - model creation | Year 2 - model implementation |
Year 3 - model establishment | Year 4 onwards - continuous improvement

What a Therapeutic Model is and Why it is Important to Have One
Patrick Tomlinson (2019)
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