This training will comprise a series of talks and workshops aimed at providing an updated account of the biopsychosocial legacy of early maltreatment and neglect as it impacts upon the outcomes and future needs of adopted and fostered children. These children will have had a range of different experiences from an early age, even before birth; and we also know that the potential impact of maltreatment and neglect operates differentially for different children.
Practitioners working with adopted and fostered children frequently have questions about the legacy of these early experiences and an aim of this workshop would be to give you the information and skills necessary to make informed decisions about the possibilities of risk and opportunity. It is certainly the case that the latest science does not talk about things been set in stone following early negative experiences, or that early maltreatment and neglect experiences necessarily lead to problematic outcomes, but there can still be a range of possible legacies from early experiences and practitioners do need to be able to make informed decisions about the degrees of risk associated with different maltreatment profiles.
The programme will cover:
- Normal and abnormal attachment processes
- The neurobiological legacy of maltreatment and neglect; and the role of trauma
- How to organise risk and protective factors into a formulation you can share [with colleagues; other professionals; families and young people], that gives appropriate weight to opportunity as well as risks.
- How to discuss risk and resilience possibilities in a collaborative way, acknowledging the uncertainty inherent in making sense of complex children’s early experiences.
- What kinds of interventions are likely to be helpful for different presentations
Booking this course
This is a Health Education England funded course for staff working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) which has been developed by Kings College London and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in partnership with Maudsley Learning.
This course is for CAMHS staff only and you must be able to attend both days of the course. Please do not apply if you work in any other area of mental health or can not attend both days as you will not be eligible to attend this course