Attachment and alternative care (Module 3)
Until very recently, the assessment of parenting capacity and style was a discreet area of assessment often ignored in other forms of assessment such as kinship care, foster care, adoption and the assessment of special guardianship applications.
Taking the recent changes to the special guardianship report format as a measure, the Government appears to be acknowledging that assessments of alternative carers should be as much about the parenting capacity of a potential carer as whether they have understood all the issues and are sincere in their desire to care for a child.
Accordingly, the focus on attachment theory in fostering, adoption and other forms of alternative care has been to identify standardised, evidence-based, methods of assessment to improve both selection and support by assessing the capacity of a carer to form secure attachment relationships with children who have had poor attachment experiences.
This day will begin with a review of attachment from a theoretical perspective and introduce the nature of the collaborative process before moving on to considering aspects of a standardised assessment tool for assessing attachment.
Prior to the day commencing participants will be sent a script of an interview conducted by the course leader which will be used as the basis for demonstrating aspects of attachment theory as well as giving participants the opportunity to discuss and formulate their own understanding of the script.
The script will also be used to practice making attachment-based formulations about a carer’s attachment style in report writing.
This course will be different from the two previous linked-days in that more emphasis than hitherto will be placed on asking participants to think about their own attachment experiences and the way this shapes their interviewing and assessment style.
To bring this element of the teaching to life (and because it is taken for granted that professionals should be prepared to experience what they practice), we will interview each other using some elements of some standardised attachment tools.
The day will begin at 9.30am for registration and tea / coffee, with a prompt 10.00am start, the course 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.