Therapeutic Care

The Road Less Travelled

An Irish resource for Foster Carers, Social Carers and all seeking to effect change through loving, therapeutic relationships.

Welcome to Therapeutic Care

I’m Damien McLellan, a practicing psychotherapist and course leader of the Carlow College Masters in Leadership in Therapeutic Child and Social Care Course since 2004.  I am now withdrawing from full-time participation on the course in order to facilitate its transition into the  future.

The core team for the next run, starting on Thursday October 6th 2023, will be Colleen Macintosh Hill, course leader, Dorothy Casey, co-founder, and Megan Barry Sheehy.  I’m hoping to stay involved, offering day workshops and guest lecturing.

Applications continue to be invited between now and October, providing there is time for interviews. To talk to Colleen, her number is 085 2727254 and Megan’s is 083 4771694.

Perhaps I will see you there!

Applications can be made by  clicking on this link:


This website is intended as a resource for social care workers, foster carers, social workers, and all interested in what a therapeutic approach means in theory and practice. It offers a ‘how to do it’ Manual, as well as easy access to a wealth of relevant material and related websites.

It will give applicants for the MA LTC&SC Course a good sense of the course content.


The Reinden Wood House Plaque has just been updated and enquiries please to






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Carlow College

This is a link to Carlow College and to the much revised MA in Leadership in Therapeutic Child & Social Care Course. Peter Kieran and I founded the original MA in Therapeutic Child Care Course at Carlow College in 2004. It was closely modeled on the MATCC course developed by Adrian Ward and his colleagues at the University of Reading who generously shared their ground-breaking template with us.

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International Centre for Therapeutic Care


The Mulberry Bush


The Manual

Read the latest instalments from my new manual on therapeutic care.

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Browse a wide variety of academic papers and student dissertations.

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My latest blog on therapeutic care.

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