Attachment and Observation – Module 2

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23rd February 2018 –Stratford Circus Arts Centre, London
In every parenting assessment, and increasingly in other forms of assessment, a social worker will need to plan in some time to observe parents (and other prospective carers) and children together with a view to providing an analysis of the relationships observed.

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Attachment and Observation – Module 2

In every parenting assessment, and increasingly in other forms of assessment, a social worker will need to plan in some time to observe parents (and other prospective carers) and children together with a view to providing an analysis of the relationships observed.

A narrative account can be valuable as a starting point for developing thinking but experienced practitioners writing reports for courts and other professionals need to be able to explain what the interaction means and be able to place that meaning within a recognised framework of understanding.

In our case, the framework is attachment theory and in this day, we will review attachment theory and the observable behaviour that categorises adult and children’s attachment styles.  We will also look at a number of related issues such as theory of mind.

The day will also offer the opportunity to develop additional skills to help the practitioner organise their thinking around observed parenting behaviours that contribute to secure attachment and child-compliance and those that contribute to the development of non-compliance and insecure attachment.

A scoring method derived from the Parent/Child Game will be introduced and, through simple exercises, a participant will be helped to understand the basics of the scoring system, the theory behind it and how the results are reported.

Those theoretical underpinnings include social learning theory and the principles of cognitive behavioural theory.

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.

terenceTerence Simmons

Terence believes that social work practice is at its best when it is an effective mixture of sound self-awareness, applied intuition and rigorously utilised theoretical frameworks.  Terence also firmly believes that social workers need the ability to express themselves well and clearly and be able to construct arguments that are logical, founded in observational skill, use appropriate evidence and demonstrate that competing viewpoints have been balanced adequately.

As a practitioner, Terence has cast a wide theoretical net but has concentrated largely on the practice of parenting and uses attachment theory as the basis for understanding parenting behaviour and the simplicity of parenting approaches such as the Parent/Child Game for changing parenting behaviour.  However, it is not unusual for him to also rely on his years as a Relate counsellor, mentor, counselling supervisor (for addictions counsellors) as well as his training in systemic family therapy, psychodrama, gestalt psychotherapy and the insights afforded by cognitive psychology.

At times of the greatest stress, he is usually to be found in his shed or playing the drums.

Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

A vibrant venue with an impressive design and fully accessible building, Stratford Circus Arts Centre is a short walk from Stratford Station in Zone 2 and it’s easy to get there by road, bus, underground or rail from across London and beyond. Stratford Circus Arts Centre has a cafe open throughout the day from 9am, serving freshly baked cakes and pastries, and a selection of teas and coffee, the venue also has free Wi-Fi throughout the building.

The DLR, London Overground and TFL Rail and National Rail services from Liverpool Street, all serve Stratford station.

Walking from Stratford station
Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre.
Once you’re outside continue straight over the main road and turn left at the Mall entrance.
Follow the road around for about 300 metres to Theatre Square on your right, where you’ll see the Picture House on your left, Theatre Royal Stratford East on your right and Stratford Circus Arts Centre straight ahead.

Alternative route:
You can access Stratford Circus Arts Centre through Stratford Mall. Once you’ve crossed the road outside the station head into the mall.
Once you reach the centre of the mall, turn left and continue to the exit. When you exit the Mall, next to Theatre Royal (on your right). Stratford Circus Arts Centre is the next building along.

Bus routes 257, 69 (24 hours) and 308 stop outside Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Great Eastern Road.

Other services run to Stratford station: 25 (24 hours), 86, 104, 108 (24 hours), 158, 238, 241, 262, 276, 425, 473, D8.

There are cycle racks at to the left of the main entrance where you can leave your bicycle.

Car Parking
The nearest car park is Stratford multi-storey car park, which is accessed from Great Eastern Road. The entrance is easy to miss so keep an eye out for Service Route 1 on your right hand side, and once you’ve left the Great Eastern Road turn left to enter the car park via the ramp.

There is alternative parking at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre and Morrisons supermarket on The Grove.

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