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Theories & Modalities

Our values are the core of our practice framework and inform both what we do and the way we do it. Our approach is underpinned by five key theories that provide a shared evidence base and help us achieve our vision.

Our Practice Framework

Practice Frameworks have been described as merging the ‘art’ and ‘science’ of work with children and families. The science represents the evidence base that informs our work. A large part of the ‘art’ is what each individual brings to their work – your values, expertise, experience, and insights are what will bring the ACTG Practice Framework to life and make a real difference for all our clients.

Our Framework (PDF)

Our Values

Fairness

Valuing the contributions of our people, other stakeholders and the communities in which we work to ensure everyone’s voice is really heard.

Respect

How we treat, support and care for our employees, clients, stakeholders, colleagues and communities.

Equality

Ensuring everyone enjoys the same opportunities, feels equally valued and has a voice.

Excellence

We strive to deliver to the highest standards of therapeutic support and intervention, by continually improving through listening, learning and innovation.

Underpinning Theories & Practice Modalities

A theory or practice modality can be defined as ‘a system of ideas intended to explain something’. The five key theories that form the basis of our work are:

Child development theories

Child development theories are about understanding and appreciating the cognitive, emotional, physical, social and educational growth that children go through from birth and into early adulthood.

Trauma - informed Practice

Trauma – informed Practice is more than a treatment modality or theory. Trauma informed approaches cause a shift in thinking about how we view people and social problems. At its core, it seeks to understand human behaviour by examining traumatic events throughout life. It does not see presenting problems as needing to be fixed but attempts to understand why these problems exist in the first place.

Attachment theory

Attachment theory focuses on how children form a bond with their primary caregiver and the influence it has on emotional development, growth into adulthood and parenthood. The starting point of the theory of attachment is that babies have a biological drive to seek closeness to a protective adult in order to feel safe, secure and protected.

Social learning theory

Social learning theory
is based on the premise that people learn from one another through observation and imitation, and that new behaviour will continue if it is reinforced. According to this theory, rather than simply hearing a new concept and applying it, the learning process is made more efficient if the new behaviour is modelled as well.

Systems theory

Systems theory explains human behaviour as the intersection of a variety of factors that work together as a system. An effective system is based on individual needs, rewards, expectations, and attributes of the people living in the system. Therefore families, couples and organisation members are directly involved in resolving a problem even if it is an individual issue.

Psycho Dynamic Thinking

The psychodynamic approach includes all the theories in psychology that see human functioning based upon the interaction of drives and forces within the person, at times those which are unconscious, and between the different structures of the personality. Psychodynamic thinking helps us to provide a frame with which adults, children, their carers and their helpers can create a space where learning and healing can take place.

Our vision

Our vision is a world where the risk of complex trauma is eliminated and survivors have access to services where and when they need them, without prejudice.

We believe every child has the right to feel safe and thrive

Our voice