Therapeutic Model

We endeavour to promote and develop a culture based on empowerment, acceptance and learning. This is supported by a needs driven child centred approach to care management.

All foster carers and staff at Fairways care are supported to work together to translate the core principles into practice, assisted by high quality training.

The training program is grounded using psychodynamic theory, but making good use of attachment theory, systemic theory and ensuring staff are up to date with the developing importance that neuroscience has to play in our understanding of child development.


The overall therapy model for Fairways Care is the relationship model. This model places emphasis on the development of safe secure relationships that enable all foster carers and staff to respond to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the child, their foster home, school or residential setting. The medium of the therapeutic relationship is essential to create the fundamental safety and security needed to establish trust and development.

The Therapeutic Relationship

The relationship is central to the patient orientated approach. Within the context of the treatment there is an opportunity to address emotional and social issues deriving from past dysfunctional relationships. There are specific skills required around establishing and maintaining consistent healthy relationships in a therapeutic childcare setting.The adults who are presenting this model in practice need to understand the key elements of what a therapeutic relationship is based upon.

  • Unconditional Acceptance
  • Empathy
  • Attending & Listening
  • Open Questioning
  • Reflection
  • Silence
  • Physical and Behavioural Techniques
  • Concreteness
  • Professionalism
  • Warmth and Being Genuine

The three core principles

1. All foster carers and staff engaging and partaking in the key elements of the therapeutic relationship in order to promote and enhance their understanding of, and ability to deliver a psychodynamic approach.
2. The development of a reflective culture at all levels and in all disciplines is paramount
3. Collaborative working is central to a high quality treatment environment

A psycho-dynamic approach can be described as trying to support an individual to change from within, that is to see their behaviours as symptoms of the inner conflict and to try and address the causes of the symptoms rather than to rectify the behaviours. This approach is used to understand children’s behaviours as communications of unmet needs.
It is through the examination of the communication that children present through their behaviour that themes begin to emerge and their underlying needs can be identified.