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.