We are delighted to share that our care teams at Dovedale House and Vernon House have taken the first steps in working even more therapeutically with our children and young people. Via training with an accredited DDP (Dyadic Developmental Practice) trainer, our teams have engaged within two-day courses which function as a starting point in our journey. PACE has been identified by leaders and home managers as an effective approach to provide therapeutic parenting to children of differing ages and experiences.
“PACE is a way of thinking, feeling, communicating, and behaving that aims to make the child feel safe. It is based upon how parents connect with their very young infants. As with young toddlers, with safety the child can begin to explore” (DDP Network, 2022).
PACE concentrates on the whole child/young person and not just the behaviours typically displayed. PACE aids children in being more secure with adults and works to help them think about themselves, their feelings, thoughts, and behaviour, developing the skills that are required for sustaining a successful and fulfilling life.
Following the initial training, our approach will be for regular supervision and support for our care team members at Dovedale House and Vernon House to discuss, explore and develop therapeutic parenting skills.