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Psychology Seminar Series 2017

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Due to the positive success of the Psychology Seminar series in 2016, the Bessborough Centre is pleased to announce that a second seminar series will run in late 2017. This series aims to bring psychological theory, research and practice closer together, using clinical material and reflective discussion. The series will offer participants the opportunity to attend three seminars in the autumn of 2017. The seminars will be delivered by a team of very experienced practitioners and psychology researchers and academics who are applying current psychological research and theory to the clinical practice setting.

Seminar 1 – Childhood trauma and its meaning for later parenting

Delivered by: Dr Jean O’Brien and Dr Mairead Ní Eidhin

Date: Monday, September 18th, 2017 – 9.30-12.30

Venue: The VITA Building, the Bessborough Centre, Cork.

Parenting is a time of immense life changes. Furthermore, parenting for an individual who experienced childhood abuse or adversity may be even more challenging. Much research has been done on the impacts of women who experienced abuse and its impact on their later parenting, much less has been done on fathers who were abused in childhood. In this seminar Dr Jean O’Brien and Dr Mairead Ni Eidhin will look at the research in this area. They will provide case examples of parents who have experienced sexual abuse and or neglect and how this has impacted upon their parenting. The research and practice will be grounded in attachment theory and also on emerging neuroscience in this area. This seminar will also look at formulation, and in particular what factors maintain problem parenting, with a focus on intervention to improve the parenting style. Practitioners will be informed of potential issues related to this population of parents and how best to intervene to support them.

Seminar 2 – Parenting and Mental Health

Delivered by: Claire Reardon and Dr Emmett Stones

Date: Monday 2nd October, 9.30-12.30am

Venue: The VITA Building, the Bessborough Centre, Cork

The parenting task is a challenging one for most of us. When this task is further complicated by a parent having a mental health disorder or whose mental health is compromised for whatever reason, the process of developing a relationship between the parent and infant can present real difficulties for both the parent and the child.

This seminar offers a unique psychological insight into families suffering emotional breakdown resulting in disruption to the parent infant relationship. The presentation looks at therapeutic responses to such situations looking at the psychological treatment of the mother and later incorporation of parent-infant psychotherapy as part of a multidisciplinary care plan. It offers a model of treatment where professionals work in tandem with the family throughout the remainder of the treatment. We will be looking at the potential for progress, setbacks and risk management throughout the process.

This presentation will look at the multi-layered complexity of this kind of work. It will explore the efficacy of a multi-agency approach, integrating safeguarding concerns with the therapeutic process, in the context of families who are recovering from severe perinatal mental breakdown.

Seminar 3 – Psychological Parental Capacity Assessment; messages from practice

Delivered by: Dr Calem De Búrca

Date: Monday 16th October, 9.30-11.30am

Venue: The VITA Building, the Bessborough Centre, Cork

The Bessborough Centre is one of the country’s leading parental capacity assessment providers. Assessment of parental capacity is a complex multidisciplinary procedure that relies on a process of information gathering, evidence based assessment and clinical observation. This seminar will provide an insight into the methodology and process of assessing parental capacity in a manner that will allow for a robust and accurate analysis of parental capacity within the parameters of evidence-based psychological assessment and theoretical framework. A case study will highlight the challenges and barriers to this complex procedure from a clinical perspective, and demonstrate how assessment can have a meaningful place in long-term safeguarding and decision making for families.

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