About the Three Pillars course

The Three Pillars of Transforming Care course has been developed for Agencies that wish to ensure that their staff and carers are informed about and sensitive to, the developmental impacts of early adversity and trauma. It focuses on the three core needs of children and young people in special care and education settings and the priorities for intervention and support.

Developed by Drs Howard Bath and Diana Boswell, both with extensive backgrounds as practitioners and researchers in out of home care, the course is now provided across Australia, Europe, Canada and the USA.
Designed primarily for direct care providers, the Three Pillars course is based on research evidence, current clinical perspectives and years of direct experience with children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours. Topic areas covered include:
The fundamentals of trauma theory including types of trauma, arousal and stress mechanisms, the impact on brain development, the role of memory and dissociation. It then goes on to look at the common developmental outcomes of exposure to complex forms of trauma followed by the three pillars of intervention and support.
The Three Pillars of transformation are based on the three primary traumagenic needs - the need to FEEL SAFE; the need for positive, trust-based CONNECTIONS with caring adults and engagement with community and culture; and the need for support to enable adaptive COPING with external life circumstances as well as turbulent thoughts, emotions and impulses.
To address these core needs, the course explores a number of key skills for practitioners.
Instructional methods include brief presentations, videos, worksheets, group discussions and a small number of role plays.
The recently-published book The Three Pillars of Transforming Care: Trauma and resilience in the other 23 hours (2018, H. Bath & J. Seita, Faculty of Education Publishing, University of Winnipeg) provides a resource and reference guide for course material.

The Three Pillars of Transforming Care course is delivered in three formats:

  1. A one-day overview of the key concepts can be provided for interested agencies or groups 
  2. A two-day core training targeting direct care or education practitioners (foster carers, residential workers, teachers, and mentors along with those who supervise and support them)
  3. A three-day train-the-trainer program that targets more experienced, senior workers who are in a position to provide training for other staff/carers/teachers in their own organisations. This training involves two instructors and up to 25 participants who can be accredited to provide training within their own organisations for a three year period. Periodic one-day Updates are scheduled for trainers to maintain their accreditation.

Approximate costs  

One-day overview: Instructional costs are $2,000 (plus GST) plus any required travel and accommodation for one instructor. The host organisation would need to arrange the venue, AV equipment, and any food/refreshments for participants.
Two-day core training: Instructional costs are $4,000 (Plus GST). This includes training materials for each participant including a copy of the
Three Pillars book (but not travel and accommodation for the single instructor, or venue/AV equipment, and food/refreshment costs).
Three-day train-the-trainer courses: Costs and other course details are negotiated directly with host organisations. This training is provided by Drs Howard Bath and Diana Boswell.
For bookings and further information please call: 1300 093 715.
All three course options are provided through Tact Training and Therapeutic Welfare Interventions (www.twi.org.au). Both Howard Bath (0423 617 111) and Diana Boswell (0439 461 999) welcome the opportunity to discuss course content and delivery.

Content of the course 

Module 1: Understanding Trauma

  • Defining trauma
  • Trauma and developmental harm
  • The brain and its development
  • Brain functioning and integration
  • The stress response and trauma
  • Traumatic stress, hyperarousal and dissociation
  • Traumatic stress and memory
  • Other impacts on development and behaviour  
Module 2: Safety
  • The impact of trauma on felt safety
  • Barriers to creating safety 
  • Why we resort to pain-based behaviours
Module 3: Connections
  • Connections, loss and shame
  • Connecting with ‘normality’ and caring adults
  • Five everyday ways of promoting connection
Module 4: Coping
  • Healthy and unhealthy coping
  • The place of words in learning to cope
  • Calming and coping together
  • Summary and closure
  • Clock Duration: 1-3 Days
  • location pin Availability: Offered Nationally.