Assessing Sibling Relationships: Attachment-Based Practice

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This two-day course aims to help practitioners move away from using factors such as observations of behaviours within the sibling relationship, chronological age and placement availability to determine sibling placement.

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Assessing sibling relationships using attachment-based practice to inform plans and placement training course

This two-day course aims to help practitioners move away from using factors such as observations of behaviours within the sibling relationship, chronological age and placement availability to determine sibling placement.

Using an attachment based practice framework, participants will be given an opportunity to explore how the strategic function of behaviour and an understanding of contextual factors allows for more robust and meaningful planning.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Consider how the wider caregiving context effects how children in a sibling group operate in a family setting;
  • Consider how to assess the needs of individual children and explore what this means for their current and future needs;
  • Consider the impact of the children’s individual strategies and unresolved trauma and loss on the (1) parent-child relationship (2) the siblings’ relationship with each other (3) the couple relationship, and (4) how the sibling relationship functioning effects the parents and their parenting capacity;
  • Consider how parents and carers’ own strategic functioning may affect their ability to hold in mind and be sensitive to different strategies within the same sibling group and cope with the extent of each individual child’s needs and the sibling dynamics.
  • Understand how the timing of assessments and assumptions can distort the quality of information available to inform decisions;
  • Consider what the support implications are for carers of sibling groups.

The days will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, and will end at approx 4.30pm.

A light lunch will be provided. Please advise of any allergies or dietary requirements of each individual when booking places on this course.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be provided to all attendees by email after attendance at the course. This course equates to 14 learning hours. 

Helen Johnson

Helen is a highly experienced practitioner who has extensive experience of undertaking specialised risk, parenting and sibling assessments; providing expert opinion in the family courts; planning and providing therapeutic interventions to children and families in adoptive, birth family and foster care setting; and providing consultancy and supervision services to a variety of multi-agency professionals.

Along side her assessment work, Helen is an independent trainer for both social care audiences and to parents and foster carers.  Topics include attachment; planning for permanency and the impact of developmental trauma on mind, brain and body.

Ibis Birmingham, New Street Station Hotel, 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham, B5 4ST

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New Street Station is a five-minute walk.

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There is a small car park in ibis. If full, there is a multistorey car park opposite the hotel (APCOA)

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