Our courses are aimed at developing the competency and confidence of residential childcare practitioners. There is an emphasis placed on the applied value and as such all courses have a reflective practice element. Our courses are developed by drawing on the most recent and relevant research for the training subject, including the systemic influences (e.g. legislation & policy). The courses are also underpinned by psychological theories relevant to understand the development of individual’s behaviour and presentation. Residential Childcare Workers are always asked to participate on the courses with particular young people or presenting difficulties in mind. This contributes to the applied value and overall aims of developing practice. We offer training courses in:
Applying Introductory Counselling Skills in Residential Childcare
This workshop provides participants with the opportunity to consider and reflect on the individual and systemic influences on communication with children and young people living in residential child care. Participants are introduced to basic counselling skills and strategies for interaction and have the opportunity to practice these. They also consider evidenced based individual and systemic influences on their communication / interaction. They are provided with case examples to consider influences on practice. They will be asked to bring a real life example of when it has been difficult to use basic counselling skills in their practice. They are then provided with a reflective model of practice to consider the influences on their real life example in order to build their communicative capacity as a residential child care practitioner.
This course is underpinned by a Cognitive Behavioural Framework for understanding and working with young people who have anger management difficulties. Participants are introduced to basic facts about anger and the secondary emotions that often underpin it. They are introduced to the hidden guises that people use in a bid to divert from admitting or being able to recognise their emotional difficulties. They are then introduced to specific positive short term and long term strategies for helping young people manage their anger. They will bring a specific case example and develop an outline of an anger management plan for their young person. They can then refine this in collaboration with their young person in real life as they work through the plan.
This course draws on strategies and theories underpinning evidenced based parenting programs. The overall aims are to increase the capacity of residential childcare workers in promoting positive parenting and helping young people develop. Participants will be introduced to Social Learning Theories and be able to apply these in encouraging appropriate behaviour, teaching new skills or behaviours and for managing misbehaviour. They will have the knowledge to apply these strategies to their everyday interactions with young people. They will also be introduced to the idea of planning ahead and managing high risk situations for each of the young people they work with.
Risk Taking Behaviour
This course is underpinned by a developmental psychological approach for understanding risk taking behaviour in young people. The course opens by exploring the experiences of care from young people’s perspectives. It builds on this to consider reasons why young people engage in risk taking behaviour. This is supported by research and theories underpinning risk taking behaviour for all young people. Participants are asked to reflect on their responses to risk taking behaviour. They are then introduced to strategies for building positive self-image in young people. Collectively this training builds staff competency in managing risk taking behaviour in order to reduce the likelihood the young people they work with will engage in behaviour that has a detrimental effect on their future life chances.
This course is underpinned by systemic and developmental theories for understanding and building resilience in young people. Participants will be introduced to the six areas of resilience. They will be provided with case examples to consider the provision and gaps for resilience. They will be asked to bring with them an example of a young person they work with. They will use the resilience models to consider the provision and gaps in resilience in order they can realistically apply this to their practice.
We can also offer training courses on clinical issues such as self-harm, attachment, depression, low mood and anxiety. These courses are developed with the most recent research and current clinical guidelines. If you would like to discuss training in any of these areas please contact the office as we need at least one month to prepare these.
Cost: All courses are £500 with a maximum of 12 participants.
Duration: Full day (10.00am till 4.00pm)
Apart from the clinical issues training all bookings can be made at any time. Any training on clinical issues requires booking one month in advance.
ISM Psychological Services
Office Hours 9.30am - 5.00pm
Office - 01506 243002
Sharron - 07720 707673
Martin - 07833 918276
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