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Therapeutic assessment

What is our therapeutic assessment model?  

We use the PACE therapeutic model (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy), which sets out the guiding principles for trauma-informed care.  

This is supplemented by the ARC (attachment, regulation, and competency) assessment model.  It’s a trauma-informed treatment approach, that helps us assess a young person’s attachment patterns, self-regulation, and basic developmental skills.  

Attachment – focuses on the importance of young people building strong, secure, and nurturing relationships with caregivers for healthy development.  

Regulation – focuses on self-regulation skills to manage strong emotions, behaviours and impulses and develop coping mechanisms.   

Competency – focuses on building adaptive skills, strengths and competencies that allow young people to navigate challenges and achieve their goals.   

What assessment tools do we use?

We use the CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) assessment tool to assess every young person.  

CANS helps us understand their needs, make decisions about the support they require, and monitor the outcomes of the services we provide.  

We assess every young person when they arrive and again before they leave, and we send the findings to the local authority to give them a clear picture of the recommended care, education, and therapeutic pathways.  

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