Professional Individualised Care and BAT

Sharleen James

Session type: Regular forum session
Session duration: 60 minutes

Key words: Out-of-home Care, adventure therapy, foster care, professional care, complex needs


Professional Individualised Care (PIC) is a new non-government organisation providing a new model of Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) in NSW. The model comes from Germany where it has been the most successful form of OOHC operating for over 25 years. PIC sees one young person live in the home of a Professional Therapeutic Carer (PTC). Our PTCs have industry-recognised qualifications and extensive professional work experience, plus a desire to work in a home-based environment that provides a whole of life response to the complex needs of the young person. The young person receives a professional, therapeutic intervention as well as real relationships. Providing this one-on-one relationship is at the core of our model. We believe the PIC model provides the right foundation for a better future. PIC provides a range of supports to the young person and the PTC, including a case coordinator, an internal therapeutic specialist and a youth worker specialist, to ensure each young person receives the individualised care they need to best support them. Supports and programming can include travel projects, adventure-based youth work, bush adventure therapy and recreational activities. This provides a number of employment opportunities to BAT practitioners in the OOHC system, they may choose to be employed full-time to support one child in their home; or other may run short-term programmes or travel projects to support other PTCs.

About the presenter/s

Sharleen is a Youth Work Specialist with PIC. In this role Sharleen provides support to the young people in PIC and their carers by building close supportive relationships to support the care setting. Sharleen plans and delivers a range of supports and programs based on the individual needs of the young person incorporating travel projects, adventure-based youth work, bush adventure therapy and recreational opportunities.