About Us

What We Do

Core Activities

My name is John Gibson (Johnnie). I own Gibson-Cathcart Child Care Training & Consultancy and trade under the name of Secure Attachment Matters Ireland. My work comprises

  • Providing expert support to foster carers – the nature of the support centres on transferring knowledge gained in training to real life situations
  • Child Attachment Style assessments
  • Training foster carers
  • Training a range of professionals that work with children in care, social workers, social care workers, teachers, psychologists and others.
  • Bespoke training
  • Various consultancy tasks

Specialist Training

I train trainers in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) for Cornell University NY. I have taught in USA, Australia, Eastern Europe, UK and Ireland www.rccp.cornell.edu

I represent The Triple A Model of Therapeutic Care in Ireland www.securestart.com.au

Qualifications and Experience

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work and Masters Degree in Applied Social Sciences, also a post graduate Diploma in Applied Learning Theory and an Advanced Certificate in Management and Leadership all from Queens University Belfast. Queens University awarded me the Brian Rankin Prize and Medal for outstanding social work practice during social work training. I trained in Child Attachment Interviewing at the Anna Freud Centre in London.

I have twenty years experience of working with troubled young people in residential care settings. I managed an adolescent residential care home based on therapeutic principles. This project was part of the Barnardos organisation in Ireland. I led and managed a team of social workers who provided residential care in an open childrens home for Belfast Central Mission. This facility was for children and teens with emotional and behavioural problems.

In 1998 I was invited to join the faculty of the Residential Child Care Project, Cornell University New York. I am lead consultant in Ireland for the RCCP Crisis Prevention and Management System, the programme is called Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.

We Specialise

  • Providing expert support to foster carers100%
  • Child Attachment Style assessments100%
  • Training foster carers100%
  • Training a range of professionals that work with children in care100%
  • Bespoke training100%
  • Various consultancy tasks100%

What we offer

  • Delivery of TCI training in your organisation, appropriate for foster cares, schools, residential child care, youth centre – in fact – any setting for children and youth.
  • Expert assistance to fully implement TCI as a crisis prevention and intervention system within your setting
  • Learning from crisis events – a one day training event in Post Crisis Response.
  • Training carers and professional aimed at helping children develop emotional self-regulation – a one-day training event based on Life Space Interview techniques.
  • Problem solving with ‘explosive children’
  • Conflict resolution with children and teens.
  • Assessment of children’s attachment style to assist in care planning.

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