A secure base is provided through a relationship with one or more caregivers who offer a reliable base to explore and a safe haven for reassurance when there are difficulties. Thus a secure base promotes security, confidence, competence and Resilience.
Secure Base and PACE are recommended as service-wide provisions to enable proficient monitoring and assessment. It also enhances your service framework to assist with the following:
- The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters.
- Assessing the capacities of caregivers (birth parents, residential workers, foster, carers and adopters) to provide a secure base for children in their care.
- Supporting caregivers to provide a secure base.
Synergising these two models offers a therapeutic caregiving framework designed to respond to every aspect of a child's developmental needs. While you will certainly find it helpful if you're a foster carer, it isn't unique to looking after children, as it reflects each critical dimension of any child's needs.
The model was recommended in the Government White Paper, Care Matters (2007) as a basis for training foster carers and was subsequently incorporated in the Skills to Foster preparation programme produced by the Fostering Network (2009, 2014). It has been implemented in a range of local authorities and independent agencies in England.
- Understanding the fundamental principles of attachment and bonding critical for healthy development
- Understanding how healthy attachment is facilitated
- Understanding the various ways that neglect and abuse negatively influence attachment and exploring the consequent challenging behaviours
- To have strategies to help children with attachment difficulties
- Implement the five dimensions of the Secure Base model through the service.
- Be aware of the recording procedures and mapping tools to evidence your work.
- A good understanding of this model will give you a point of reference and a comprehensive framework for your role as a foster carer.
- Find it easier to nurture your child's social, emotional, psychological, and intellectual development.
- Nurture your child's social, emotional, psychological, and intellectual development.
- By embracing the caregiving cycle within this model, you will find it easier to identify – and attune to – your foster child's needs.
- The knowledge you gain from using this model will help you to develop your fostering skills in an effective and rewarding way.
Format: This is a live training session via "Zoom". It includes taught sections, small group work, work in pairs, and whole group discussions.
Hand-outs & Certificates: Downloadable hand-outs and certificates pf attendance will be provided.
Those seeking to be certified in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) are invited to visit the founder’s website.