Topic 2: Working with Complex Children and Families
2 x 1 hour sessions presented by Catherine Sanders, Melissa Minney and Ann Weir
These sessions focus on children and their families. The content is divided into four lenses: Politics, Space, Development and Time. We will explore what we mean by “complex” when applied to children and their families and how we might locate the different forms of complexity within the Bower Place Model. These may include complicated family arrangements that occur with step families or children placed in care, or difficult behavioural or emotional symptoms including sexualised, aggressive or anxious presentations. When a school or child protection system is added to the mix difficulties are further exacerbated. The challenges for practitioners and how we may become “stuck” will be addressed and we explore the skills needed to work effectively with these cases. The course content includes clinical examples.