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Career Progression: NOCN-accredited Level 3 Diploma In Therapeutic Childcare And Reflective Practice

Career progression: NOCN-accredited Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Childcare and Reflective Practice

Are you looking to enhance your therapeutic knowledge, widen your practical experience and progress your career – all whilst bringing out the best in the children you support?

Here at Hillcrest we invest in high quality specialist training to help our staff unlock their full personal development and career potential and so maximise opportunities and outcomes for all the children and young people we live and learn with.

As part of our brand new training and development programme, we have launched the Hillcrest Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Childcare and Reflective Practice accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN– a must-have qualification developed internally by Billy Smallwood, Head of Clinical Services; Emma Crawford, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Sadie Dangerfield, Registered Manager. Based on internationally recognised theories and evidenced based practices in child psychology and therapeutic care and education, the Hillcrest Diploma has been designed specifically to meet the training needs of staff living and learning with Hillcrest children and young people.

It aims to enable candidates to:

  • gain in-depth knowledge of some of the key therapeutic concepts, theories and approaches that have been developed over the last 30 years and learn how to apply this knowledge to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people.
  • link theory to practice in the context of living and learning with children and young people with Developmental Trauma.
  • recognise the importance of using an integrated practice model to promote joined-up thinking amongst residential, education and clinical teams (eg using a core language model to ensure consistency and clarity)
  • learn the art of reflective practice – critical reflection on yourself and your role in relation to others and the therapeutic task.

The Diploma is divided into six units, each one concluding with work-based assignments and practical observations:

Unit 1: Therapeutic Child Care – exploring and understanding the therapeutic approach, with a prime focus on supporting children within the care and education environment.

Unit 2: Importance of Attachment Informed Practice and Reflective Practice – exploring and understanding key therapeutic concepts in the context of complex trauma and attachment, as well as how reflective practice facilitates a deeper understanding of the needs of the children and young people we live and learn with.

Unit 3: Resilience and Therapeutic Learning – understanding the impact that developing resilience can have on the children and young people, and examining best practice in therapeutic learning.

 Unit 4: Therapeutic Group Practice, Whole School Approach and Reflective Practice – understanding and exploring the impact that a whole school/home approach has on effective therapeutic care and education, and the importance of establishing a set of common organisational values and ethics.

Unit 5: Supervisory Practice, Team Working and Leadership – understanding the multi-faceted role of supervision for staff, and the importance of daily work-based routines and practices, leadership and teamwork in promoting a collective therapeutic approach.

Unit 6: Law and Legislation and Practical Reflection Skills – understanding key legislation and industry quality standards that are applicable to the providers of children’s homes and therapeutic child care, how the law protects children’s rights and demonstrating practical reflective skills to enhance occupational practice.

Testimonials from staff who have completed or are completing the course

–  Joy Price-Bish, Deputy Head Teacher

“I am always receptive to any training that might improve my practice, and as a Senior Manager, I was actively encouraged by the Management Team to complete the Hillcrest Diploma.

I completed the course whilst working full time in a senior role – it can be a challenge to find time to complete Assignments but the commitment is worth it. Teaching was excellent, and I loved reading around the topics covered, eg articles on Attachment, therapeutic communities, understanding complex trauma, practising Reflective Practice. It was a valuable experience to learn with others, particularly to work with people from other areas, homes and educational establishments. We also had many opportunities to share good practice.

The Diploma has made me more aware of the attachment theory, and what particular behaviours might be communicating. It has also raised awareness of my own ‘internal working model’ and made me consider my responses to individuals and situations. I frequently press the ‘pause’ button to give myself thinking time and space.

In terms of my professional development, I feel more confident to deliver twilight training, to deliver more effective supervisions and believe I am a better practitioner. It is definitely worth undertaking the Diploma, but be prepared to devote time and energy to completing the assignments. Team up with a study buddy to discuss the assignments, proof read one another’s work and support one another in applying the learning.”

– Jodie Parker, Registered Manager

“I am currently working towards my therapeutic diploma whilst working fulltime as a registered home manager. The course is informative and has already had a positive impact on my practice and the practice within my home.

The course is broken down in to manageable sections such as Attachment, therapeutic communities, understanding complex trauma and Reflective Practice. These relate to our roles at all levels as therapeutic practitioners. The trainers are knowledgeable, approachable and always available to support with the assignments should I need it.

It has been a good opportunity to share experiences and practice with others on the course.”

– Nicola Clark, Home Manager

“I have enrolled myself on to this course to enable me to lead by example, it is important to me as a home manager that all of the staff within my service work therapeutically and that we all share an understanding of why this is so important within our home.

Since joining on to the Diploma I have been able to continue my learning and development in an area that is fundamental for the progression of the children in the home.

I am enjoying the course and will encourage all staff within the service to complete this course to further embed therapeutic parenting into the home.”

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