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Take Two Practice Guide: Engaging children in out of home care in therapeutic services

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Berry Street’s Take Two program has produced a practice guide to support others working with trauma-impacted children.

The Engaging children living in out-of-home care in therapeutic services practice guide provides information about some key considerations when responding to children who have experienced childhood trauma, and some practice implications.

It provides practical steps about how to understand and respond to concerning self-soothing behaviours, trust issues and includes a new engagement tool to help others working with these children plan sessions and approaches.

Also included is clinical advice about how to use some of Dr Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) concepts, particularly the idea of ‘dosing’ tolerable therapeutic interactions and using the 3Rs (regulate, relate and reason) approach to calm a child’s brain and behaviours.

This guide is the first in a planned series and will share key elements of Take Two’s system-wide, trauma-informed approach to working with children who are suffering developmental trauma as a result of neglect, family violence or abuse.

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