Care & Support
Therapist & Achieving Best Outcomes
Hannah Dobbs is a therapeutic specialist who has worked in the children’s residential sector for over sixteen years in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Hannah’s passion for working in children’s residential care has only grown over the years, as has her experience. Hannah has worked in various social care settings, including emergency response homes, residential communities, therapeutic homes, outreach support, as well as adult crisis response. Hannah has been awarded multiple awards in her time, including Residential Support Worker of the Year (2013), Best Piece of Direct Work with a Young Person (2013) and The Priscilla Griffin Award (2012), as well as achieving Outstanding and Outstanding in all areas when she was a Registered Manager (2017). Hannah’s passion and experience lie in teaching and training other professionals within therapeutic communities/ children’s homes on how to parent children who have experienced developmental trauma. Hannah is also on the practicum as a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist (DDP).
All staff within the organisation will be trained in Foundations for Attachment (Dr Kim Golding)- which the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute endorses.
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy principles (PACE)
- Understanding the challenges of parenting
- Blocked trust
- Hidden and expressed needs
- Therapeutic parenting
- Building connections
- Managing behaviour
- Taking care of self/ blocked care/ and attachment history
Additional training includes the following
- Managing Stress, Burnout, and Secondary Trauma in staff (CPD Accredited Course)
- How to match children to your home (CPD Accredited Courses)
Team Around the Home Support
This monthly reflective three-hour meeting with all support workers or/and management within the therapeutic home provides psychological insight into why a child is presenting the way they are by using the principles of DDP/PACE. Support is provided to the home in how to parent their children therapeutically.
These will be monthly home consultations with Registered Managers and the team to support them in making sure the home is using and implementing therapeutic parenting throughout its ethos as well as within the paperwork and home environment. In addition, this time can also be used to provide additional support to staff where needed.