Care IMPACT is a specialist program offered by the LBI Foundation that has been developed, evaluated and refined over a nine year period.
Care IMPACT Target Group: Children in Care
Care IMPACT is a program targeted to children and young people with backgrounds of trauma, instability or disadvantaged circumstances who reside (or at high risk of residing) in an out-of-home care setting (foster care, residential care, relative care, correctional care).
Care IMPACT Objective: Thriving Children
How can this be achieved?
- Children and young people acquire the core knowledge, skills and resources to heal and grow from their circumstances, and to engage meaningfully within their identified community.
How is this achieved through Care IMPACT?
- Care IMPACT activates a care community of supporting adults who understand and individually respond to a child or young person’s developmental, trauma and/or growth needs.
- In this care community, at least one suitably skilled adult coaches the child (and community) to acquire core knowledge and skills in wellbeing and resilience, and to engage meaningfully within their community.
How Does Care IMPACT Work?
The Care IMPACT program is designed to be delivered at-scale and individually tailored to community, agency or care home through a three-staged implementation plan. The program is founded upon core IMPACT material, but includes supplementary training, resources, accreditation processes and tools that integrate trauma, wellbeing and resilience content (supported by an online platform: www.lblearninghub.org).
Underpinned by IMPACT Content
IMPACT stands for Intentional Model and Practice Approach for Clients to Thrive.
IMPACT integrates three areas of science through an intentional practice (or What-What-How) method:
Positive psychology (wellbeing, resilience, mindfulness)
Trauma-informed practice (neuroscience, attachment, neuro-development)
Implementation science (how to implement interventions that gain traction and respond to individual needs)
A core feature of the IMPACT program is its multiplier effect – where content is continually re-activated and community members transition from content ‘learners’ to ‘coaches’.
In other words, content related to wellbeing, resilience and growth is learnt, internalised, applied and then coached within a care community. Supporting adults:
‘learn’ concepts related to wellbeing, resilience and growth (and trauma)
‘live’ or internalise the concepts for self
‘apply’ the concepts in how they support others (eg. children, families, carers)
‘coach’ the concepts to the people they support (eg. children, families, carers)
IMPACT is underpinned by an competency-based accreditation framework, which includes accredited IMPACT Coach, IMPACT Clinical Coach and IMPACT Trainer roles (supported by online platform).
Care IMPACT is implemented through a three-stage model; individually tailored to agency, site or care home. The implementation is designed to build local community capacity to sustainably implement the program to a non-clinical level. Where requested, LBI Foundation offers clinical coaching (or accredits local clinicians as IMPACT Clinical Coaches) to deepen the implementation to a clinical level (as needed).
Stage 1: Care Community Capacity Building (‘Learn It’ – ‘Live It’ – ‘Apply It’)
Stage 1 focuses on the care community (agency, care home etc) learning foundational content, and accrediting key personal as IMPACT Coaches (supported by online resources). This stage focuses on supporting adults internalising the content (‘live it’) and applying the content in their care or supporting adult roles (by developing Growth Action Plans for self or support roles).
Stage 2. Supporting Adults Intentionally ‘Respond’ to Wellbeing and Growth Needs (‘Apply It’ in support roles with children)
Stage 2 focuses on the care community (agency, care home etc) taking Stage 1 content and developing intentional Growth Action Plans for children and young people. This is supported by online resources and coaching (provided by IMPACT Coaches and/or support workers in foster care settings).
Stage 3. Explicit Coaching and Training (‘Coach It’)
Stage 3 focuses on identified members of the care community undertaking explicit and/or implicit coaching of foundational wellbeing and resilience knowledge/skills to young people. This is guided by a Growth Action Plan, which nuances coaching to a child’s needs and developmental level. This is extended through online learning modules, and peer mentoring program (e.g., children transition from ‘learners’ to ‘coaches’).
LBI Foundation collaborates side-by-side with government, non-government and care agencies in the implementation of the Care IMPACT program. The program is being continually updated and refined through agency feedback, with additional resources being developed to strengthen implementation. The program has been developed to augment (not replace) existing services and to meet government-based funding requirements, including through embedding tools.
Care IMPACT is currently being delivered at-scale across South Australia, with sites and agencies at different stages of implementation. This includes across Ceduna, Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Riverland, Murraylands, Limestone Coast, Adelaide Hills and Metropolitan Adelaide. Agency wide collaborations are occurring with:
If you would like further information on the Care IMPACT program please contact Dr Ivan Raymond: firstname.lastname@example.org