Continuing Professional Training and Personal Development
Professionals working with children and young people have various needs and obligations to develop their practice. They commit to accessing opportunities over and above their normal work commitments in order to develop skills, knowledge and professional standards in areas relevant to practice, to keep up to date, and to maintain the highest professional standards. In recent years there has been a growing awareness that professionals in the children’s workforce need to be trained in understanding and applying the principles of attachment theory and research. Early childhood attachment experiences are highly predictive with regard to later psychosocial development and level of functioning (including self-image, self-esteem, social competence, cognitive ability) up to adulthood. Whilst a secure attachment to the main attachment figure in the first year of life is a major protective factor with respect to the psychosocial development of the child, insecure and disorganized attachment poses a risk factor for subsequent psychopathological development. For these children, attachment-informed interventions, within a stable environment, will result in an improvement in bonding and attachment, without effective interventions, difficulties worsens over the years, and the child is likely to develop antisocial character traits. Attachment is too all-encompassing to be a matter only for specialists, whose task is, on the whole, to equip caregivers to understand and respond consistently to the feelings behind the child’s behaviour, whilst the caregivers’ job is to show the child, through their responses, that close relationships are valuable, predictable, safe, readily attainable, and able to withstand separation.
Chris Taylor Solutions offers training, workshops and seminars in a reflective, attachment-informed, therapeutic approach to residential care, fostering, education and safeguarding to equip front line staff and their managers with the knowledge-base and skills to work with vulnerable children and young people with attachment and trauma in mind. Effective training for the children’s workforce is a developmental process involving the whole person, and therefore needs to engage workers as people and to be delivered in a framework that mirrors that presented to the young people. Training needs to not just transfer knowledge and skills, but to challenge workers to look at themselves to change and grow where change and growth are needed.
The underlying approach to these training courses is that any individual’s current experience is most effectively understood with some reference to their inner world: their early childhood experiences and their mental processes. Key to this work is unpacking and developing the practice skills that workers require. Training focuses on on-going relationships, rather than maladaptive behaviours, and considers how to create and sustain a safe place in which recovery from early childhood trauma can begin, taking account of the child’s real life experiences and their mind sets.
These professional development courses take account of the needs of different workforce sectors, following the analysis of Clough, Bullock and Ward (2006) What Works in Residential Care, which identified three broad categories of difficulties for young people growing up in residential care. Experience tells us that these different levels of difficulty are also seen in foster care.
Training packages can be adapted or developed bespoke, depending on your workforce development needs. Workshop days can be tailored to your organization’s requirements. These days are often used to supplement more formal training and help staff integrate the training fully into their practice. On-going mentoring of trainees (individual or group) can be provided, either face-face or via Skype. More information on training programmes…
Fee for single day training events: £500. Five days for the cost of four (multi-day programmes, or multiple bookings of single days). In addition, travel costs at HMRC guidelines.
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