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.