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Attachment & Trauma Informed Care

What is Attachment & Trauma-Informed Care (ATIC model®)?

For over 31 years, Five Rivers has been at the forefront of developing and informing practice around what works in Turning Children’s lives around who have been impacted by trauma, abuse and neglect.

The ATIC model® represents a significant step forward in offering evidence-based, attachment & trauma-responsive and sensitive approach to addressing the impacts of adversity experienced by many children and young people.

This approach was piloted and developed for over four years in a specialist residential service for children under the age of 12 years who required supports to attain a secure and stable transition to foster care. Due to the significant attainments made by the children and evidenced outcomes (service has achieved being rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ each year since the implementation of this approach), it was decided to expand and offer more ATIC services.

The approach is multi-dimensional, meaning we ensure no matter where in the organizational culture a child or member of staff or career is, there would be a ‘felt sense’ of safety and predictability. To ensure we can create and maintain optimal ATIC sensitive practice & care environments in our homes, schools and therapy centres. This is experienced as the patterns, routines, habits and the collective relational style demonstrated within Five Rivers.

ATIC is a whole-organization model, with our staff practising a relational, transparent, empowering and collaborative approach at all levels, embedded by a series of training offered to all staff to ensure consistency. Our Proactive Approaches behavioural management training which takes place over five days for all front-line staff is based on knowledge relating to attachment and trauma.

Our approach provides a clear and structured methodology and system to ensure we can not only create but maintain the consistency needed in the optimal relationally based practice for reversing the impacts of trauma, abuse and neglect.

These elements are embedded into two pathways one for the children and the other for the staff and carers which include multiple components.

The child’s pathway is specifically designed to harness what we know ‘works’ in assisting children to recover from the impacts of adversity, trauma, abuse and neglect. This includes multiple elements such as our specific ATIC assessment process to track and ensure outcomes and inform the therapeutic plan, to the sensitive ATIC relational approaches used by the staff or the psychotherapeutic approaches used by the Assessment & Therapy team to address attachment, trauma and dissociation.

The adult pathway also includes multiple components and approaches to ensure the staff and carers can provide the healing relational care needed and includes a unique approach to developing and maintaining professional resiliency when working with traumatized children.

Attachment & Trauma-Informed Care (ATIC model®) in Our Children’s Homes

All of our residential children’s homes adopt our Trauma Informed Care model to understand a child or young person’s past and present, and determine the best level of care for the best possible future.

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