The operation of the model is based on the three central trauma-related needs as follows;
- Safety: the creation of an environment in which young people can feel safe, relax and attend to normal development tasks.
- Connections: the development of positive, trust based, interpersonal connections between the young person and caring adults as well as engagement with normative community supports such as sporting teams, youth groups, and recreational programs. Sometimes a young person needs to re-connect with his/her cultural roots.
- Coping: helping the young person to develop adaptive coping skills to positively deal with life’s challenges as well as the problematic emotions and impulses that lie at the heart of traumatic stress.
A therapeutic plan, based on this model, is developed for each young person at Gateway Residential Care and this begins with an assessment program entitled the Access Integrated Plan that is completed by the staff psychologist.
The progress of each young person is reviewed at a therapeutic meeting that is attended by the multidisciplinary care team.