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Undertaking a Parenting Assessment

Holiday Inn Express, 196 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2NE

Postponed until 2021

This training course equips attendees with the skills to complete a thorough parenting assessment, to effectively assess parenting capacity and arrive at a prognosis that is well argued, evidenced that can withstand the rigours of cross-examination.

Course Information:

How to undertake a parenting assessment training course

This training course will equip attendees with the necessary skills to complete a thorough parenting assessment.

The ability to effectively assess the dimensions of parenting capacity lies at the core of social work with children and families.  That ability is underpinned by understanding and applying models of human behaviour and motivation and balancing that knowledge with a known history and conclusions drawn from structured observations.  The aim is to arrive at a prognosis that is well argued, evidenced that can withstand the rigours of cross-examination.

In this two day course, participants will work through the basics of understanding the letter of instruction and devising an assessment schedule and plan of work that will gather the information needed to answer the points raised in the instruction.

The analytical models applied will be the Framework for the Assessment of Children and Need and their Families and attachment theory.  The observational model applied will be the Parent Child Game.

Throughout this step-by-step training, formulations will be used as a means of building a theoretical framework to help determine whether a parent can meet the needs of their child.

The main training modality will be tutor-led teaching, case material discussion and the use of video to practice observation techniques.

Course Details

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.


Your Trainer

Terrence 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.

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Location

Holiday Inn Express

196 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 2NE

The Holiday Inn Express – Stratford is situated in the heart of East London, site of the Queen Elizabeth Park and just outside the congestion zone. Stratford has excellent transport links and the hotel is located only a short walk from the comprehensive London transport system, the Stratford rail and bus terminal, Javelin Train to St. Pancras in 7 minutes and the Channel Tunnel rail link. The heart of the City of London is only 10 minutes away.

Train

Station Name: Stratford Regional & International. Distance: 0.3 MI/0.48 KM WEST to Hotel. Taxi Charge (one way): £5.00

Walking from Stratford station

Inside the station follow the signs for the exit to Stratford town centre. Once you’re outside, turn right and follow the High Street down until you see the Holiday Inn Express on your right.

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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