Caring for the carer

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Jay is an 11-year-old boy who lives with his foster carers in rural NSW. He was having difficulty managing his emotions and our Therapeutic Services team accepted a referral from his carers, who were desperate to explore the reasons behind his concerning behaviours and find out how they could support him.

One of our dedicated and experienced psychologists met with Jay’s carers fortnightly to support the placement and to provide them with specific strategies to increase their skills in de-escalating rather than escalating behaviours. Prior to the referral, Jay’s carers felt they had tried just about everything and were feeling quite deflated. They found their regular fortnightly appointments with the psychologist incredibly valuable, as they could discuss trauma-informed care, attunement skills, self-care, and how we respond to challenging behaviours.

Jay continues to have regular engagement sessions with the psychologist and a Positive Behaviour Support Plan was developed and implemented to support Jay and his carers. Jay’s carers have since reported that they feel more confident in managing his behaviours of concern. Furthermore, his foster carer has reported that she has since been able to reach her personal goal of gaining employment, an achievement she believed to be impossible before she sought support from our Therapeutic Services team. 

Author: Challenge Community Services

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disabilities. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 800 staff, 85 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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