Relational-Based Interventions:

  • Lee Hackney Wood's Homes
  • Karen MacMillan Department of Behavioural Sciences Mount Royal College
Keywords: attachment theory, staff-youth relationships, resilience


In this article we present a framework what we have termed Relational-Based Interventions (RBIs). RBIs highlight the importance of valuing relationships for resilient adaptation and emphasize that how we respond to others, and how they respond to us, defines how we view ourselves as a people. Drawing upon attachment theory we present a rationale for a stronger focus on relationships in group care settings and provide a basic structure to guide such efforts. While delivering RBI's may appear deceivingly simple in nature, we advocate for more conscientious and purposeful use of these types of strategies in daily work with youth living in care.
How to Cite
Hackney, L. ., & MacMillan, K. (2006). Relational-Based Interventions: . Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 21, 57–68. Retrieved from