Working in Residential Childcare – What can early developmental research offer to practice?
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Working in Residential Childcare – What can early developmental research offer to practice?

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The Anvil Training Room

The Bessborough Centre

Blackrock

T12CRAO Cork

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This series of four seminars will look at early developmental theory and research as a way of providing a broader lens in which to view children who present to residential childcare settings. Practitioners will be encouraged to think about what children might have experienced in early life and what this means for their behavioural and emotional presentation. Concepts such as infancy, neurosequential development, attachment, and emotional regulation will be discussed.

The seminars will be theoretical and practically based and will encourage participant engagement throughout. Practitioners will be supported to think about ways in which to respond to children in their care. The purpose of these seminars is to increase practitioner confidence in understanding children who are placed in residential childcare settings. Participant numbers will be low to allow for optimal learning and reflective opportunities. These seminars offer 8 learning hours.


Who should attend
This seminar series is suited to those professionals working with children and families where children are in residential care or have been in residential care. The series is particularly useful to residential child care workers, managers and social workers.


The Seminar Team
Ms Nicola O’Sullivan, Head of Research, Education and Training at the Bessborough Centre holds a MA in Child Protection and Welfare. Nicola is a PhD candidate whose interests include, infancy, attachment, psycho-social research and understanding emotional processes in human development. Nicola has worked for 10 years in the private and public residential child care system with infants, parents, children and young adults and has managed residential teams with a long history of supervision and training of staff teams.


Ms Carmel Jennings is a Family Worker in Bessborough’s outreach service. She holds a BA in Social Science and a Post Grad Diploma in the psychology of adolescence. Carmel has worked in the private and public residential child care system in Ireland for almost 15 years as a staff member and manager. Ms Jennings has a keen interest in effective engagement with adolescents in care.


Dr Mairead Ní Eidhin, Senior Psychologist at the Bessborough Centre, qualified as a clinical psychologist in Queens University Belfast and subsequently worked in CAMHS, Northern Ireland for 5 years, while managing the PSI training for the Western Health Board. Mairead works closely with the residential team in the Bessborough Centre to support their understanding of themselves in their work.


Seminar 1 – Early Relationship Development

Delivered by: Dr Mairead Ni Eidhin

Nicola O’Sullivan Date: Monday 16th January, 9.30-12noon
(Anvil training room)

This seminar will offer an introduction to participants on the topic of infancy, infant development and brain development. Participants will learn about the beginnings of relationship formation. This seminar will be interactive and will include the use of some seminal videos to demonstrate early human and relationship development. Using a case discussion, participants will be facilitated to think about the early emergence of attachment relationships and will be introduced to the concept of neurosequential development.


Seminar 2 – Attachment, Brain Development and childhood

Delivered by: Dr Mairead Ni Eidhin
Nicola O’Sullivan Date: Monday 30th January, 9.30-12noon
(Anvil training room)

This seminar will look specifically at attachment, what it is and how it can be understood in the context of child development. Disruptions in attachment will be examined and how attachment can and should be understood in the context of brain development, the child’s developmental stage and their caregiving environment. The seminar will focus on middle childhood and adolescents when children most likely present to residential centres having had multiple relationship experiences. Participants will explore concepts including – emotional regulation, reflective capacity, mentalizing, frontal lobe functioning.

Seminar 3 – Understanding complexity in middle childhood – the role of the child care worker

Delivered by: Carmel Jennings
Dr Mairead Ni Eidhin Date: Monday 6th March, 9.30-12noon
(Anvil training room)

This seminar will draw together early influential theory on attachment, brain development and the human relationship process. Participants will explore the impact of early life adversity on later and ongoing development, particularly with regard to peer and family relationship capacity. Discussion will include the difficulties that face practitioners in the residential setting as they try to understand the children who come to stay there. Participants will explore methods of listening to and understanding the communication of children in care. Homework - Practitioners will be encouraged to bring a case question that they wish to present on the morning of seminar 4.


Seminar 4 – Case Discussion – theory to practice

Delivered by: Nicola O’Sullivan
Carmel Jennings Date: Monday 13thth March, 9.30-12noon
(Anvil training room)

This seminar will draw together key concepts from early developmental research and theory that were taught throughout the modules. Participants will be facilitated to link this theory to practice in a facilitated way using small group work discussion. This seminar will encourage practitioners to engage their reflective capacity to make some sense of themselves in the work, so that this might help them to further understand the children they work with.

Places are limited to allow for participant engagement so please ensure to book early!

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