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Therapeutic Residential Care

Our Therapeutic Residential Care Program provides intensive therapeutic care to young people who are unable to be placed with specialist foster care or other forms of residential care because of the complexity and/or severity of their behaviour.

Considerable emphasis is placed on providing a therapeutic environment that is conducive to facilitating their recovery from the impact of physical, psychological and emotional trauma, disrupted attachments and the emotional pain they have experienced.

The Therapeutic Residential Program provides up to four residential care places for young people and an additional six foster and/or kinship care Intensive Intervention Placement Support placements.  We offer these places for a period of up to eighteen months.

We aim to help each young person who enters the program deal with relational, behavioural and emotional issues to decrease the risk of placement instability. We support reconnection with family and community (where consistent with the Department of Communities Child Safety Services case plan) and develop the skills and emotional and behavioural competencies required to successfully transition the young person to less intensive forms of out-of-home care.

Our Therapeutic Residential Care Program provides a therapeutic ‘community-of-care’ that is needs-based, trauma-sensitive and relationship and attachment-focused. It is within this therapeutic milieu that young people are provided with every opportunity to develop significant attachment relationships, enhance their capacity for self-regulation and achieve personal competency in a range of psychosocial areas.

Referrals

Young people exhibiting the following relational, behavioural and emotional issues are appropriate for the program. These issues include but are not limited to:

  • a history of poor and/or disrupted attachments, including placement instability
  • violent and acting-out behaviours
  • high risk-taking behaviours
  • self harming behaviours
  • conduct disorders
  • post traumatic stress disorder and trauma
  • severe educational difficulties
  • sexual behaviour problems
  • social isolation and limited capacity to form relationships with peers and/or adults.

Referrals can only be made by the Department of Communities Child Safety Services.