Can Mentilisation Based Therapy skills assist OoHC & YJ Practitioners create more therapeutic relationships with clients?

Day  2: International Child Trauma Conference 2018 Yesterday I attended Peter Fongy’s masterclass on Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) Who is Peter Fonagy?   Peter is a psychologist with special interests in the neurobiology of attachment, working with violent young men and people with personality disorders. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed articles. You can read a short version of…

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Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Highlights from the Childhood Trauma Conference (Day 1)

I am at the 3rd International Childhood International Trauma Conference in Melbourne. The conference brings together international leaders in the field of trauma and trauma recovery. The aim is to distill information that might be relevant to Practitioners be they foster carers, resi-worker workers, case managers or JJ workers etc. A big task!  The conference runs for five and half…

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Resilience: Why are some children resilient and others are not? (Part 1)

This week’s blog continues to focus on influential child psychiatrist Michael Rutter –  this time examining his work on resilience. Today I will attempt to define ’resilience’ before exploring some of the underlying mechanism that give rise to it. Next week we will consider how resilience might be developed, especially in young people in OoHC and YJ settings. Defining Resilience…

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Recovery from severe privation: What the research shows

This is the second blog post concerning influential child psychiatrist, Michael Rutter, particularly his work on the English and Romanian Adoptee (ERA) study. Last week’s post provided the background to the ERA study. Today, we look at the bad news and the good news, i.e. recovery is achievable with good care. Firstly, more about Michael Rutter and why he is…

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