The Therapeutic Family Model of Care: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Approach to Transitional Planning. Developing Practice

Full Reference: Gonzalez, R., Cameron, C., & Klendo, L, (2012). The Therapeutic Family Model of Care: An Attachment and Trauma Informed Approach to Transitional Planning. Developing Practice, Vol. 32, 13-23

Synopsis: This article demonstrates the theoretical underpinnings of the Therapeutic Family Model of Care™. It identifies and explains how Attachment, Object Relations and Psychological Wellness provide framework for the support and care of homeless and traumatised young people.

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The Importance of Youth Participation in Programs for Traumatised Homeless Young People

Full Reference: Gonzalez, R. & Bull, C, (2012). The Importance of Youth Participation in Programs for Traumatised Homeless Young People. Parity, Vol. 25, No. 4, 33

Synopsis: This paper acknowledges to therapeutic value in enabling young people to contribute to decisions regarding their lives as well as actively participate in their own treatment and define the support they receive.

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Trauma Informed Care for Homeless Young People: An Integrated Systems Approach

Full Reference: Gonzalez, R., Tomlinson, P., & Klendo, L, (2012). Trauma Informed Care for Homeless Young People: An Integrated Systems Approach. Parity, Vol. 25, No. 7., 28-29.

Synopsis: For an organisation to be effective in its work of enabling traumatised homeless young people to recover, it needs to be mindful of the impact that working with young people with complex trauma histories can have on the organisation. This article highlights the importance of adopting a trauma-informed approach in every aspect of the work with young people.

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Lighthouse Foundation Home for Young Mothers and Babies

Full Reference: Gonzalez, R. & Hussein. T, (2011). Lighthouse Foundation Home for Young Mothers and Babies, Parity, Vol. 24, No. 2, 25-26

Synopsis: This article demonstrates how the Lighthouse Home for Mothers and Babies Program was developed in response to the needs of pregnant young women who have lived within Lighthouse Therapeutic Family Model of Care. This program assists with young women’s transformation into motherhood, and provides infants with the opportunity to build a healthy attachment with their mothers, which is vital for the healthy development of the child.

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Youth Homelessness, Mental Health and Complex Trauma: Implications for Policy and Practice

Full Reference: Gonzalez, R. & McLoughlin, P. (2014). Youth Homelessness, Mental Health and Complex Trauma: Implications for Policy and Practice, in Parity, Vol. 27, Issue 1, pp. 56-57.

Synopsis: The youth homelessness sector is at the coalface of mental health and trauma. We have known for years that homeless young people present to services with very complex needs, often have a history of multiple traumas in their lives and concurrent mental health difficulties. It can also be argued that homelessness during the vulnerable stages of childhood and adolescence is a form of complex trauma in itself. Yet workers are not sufficiently supported to respond and work with the complex needs of this vulnerable group of young people. Our sector has had a fragmented and crisis driven approach which in some ways parallels the emotional experience of the people we work with. What this means for sector development is a need for:

• Integration of trauma-informed care into early intervention programs, mental health and youth homelessness systems.

• Improved training and practice guidelines for working with trauma and promoting the wellbeing of homeless young people.

• Improved support systems such as clinical supervision and reflective practice for workers to deal with the impact that working with trauma can have.

• A continuum of care provided within organisations, across organisations, and between sectors.

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