Development Opportunities

Development Opportunities

We believe that a comprehensive training, awareness and support programme for staff enhances ethical and professional practice throughout the organisation. We promote the importance of working relationships and staff self-care, and have developed a programme of staff support that has proved to be an invaluable therapeutic aid.


TAP stands for ‘Training and Awareness Programme’.  These are multi-disciplinary led workshops developed to ensure all our colleagues have a broad understanding of the neurodevelopmental, psychological, and socio-emotional impact of Trauma, both developmental and relational (Attachment).

In conjunction with a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention programme (TCI), the TAP contributes to an understanding of how best to support children and young people with complex emotional and psychological needs

Regular attendance at TAP, enhances ethical and professional practice throughout the organisation, increasing awareness of the specialised skills necessary for the provision of a therapeutic residential care service.


Regular Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) provided by our in-house facilitator.

This training takes place over 5 days.

CARE: Children and Residential Experiences, Creating Conditions for Change.

The Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) is framework for practice, based on a valid theory of how children change and develop, it motivates both children and staff to adhere to routines, structures, and processes minimizing the potential for interpersonal conflict. This framework for practice provides consistency in message and approach with the children and congruency throughout the organization.

The CARE practice model is built on six principles that form the foundation for creating conditions for change in residential care. These core principles: developmentally focused, family involved, relationship based, competence centred, trauma informed, and ecologically oriented, have a strong research and/or theoretical relationship to positive child outcomes, and are incorporated throughout Ashdale Care’s  programs and treatment intervention approaches.  This training takes place over a period of 5 days.

The implementation of these principles to achieve congruence in the best interests of children throughout all levels of a residential care organization is the goal of the CARE practice model.

(Martha J. Holden)

Mandatory Training

Mandatory Training is provided by us. Programmes include First Aid, Children First and Fire Safety.  We also provide training in Safe Talk, Assist, Report Writing, Post Crisis Response and Medication Training.

External Opportunities

Education Assistance is offered to allow staff the opportunity to apply for financial support with Further Education Programmes that enable and encourage professional development.

Staff also receive support through regular group reflective practice and supervision sessions.
Monthly psychology training workshops compliment the in-house Training and Awareness Programme offering Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) principles aligned with mental health.


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