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Age Appropriate Communication with Children FULLY BOOKED & WAITING LIST CLOSED

  • St Andrews Resource Centre
  • 10.00 - 3.30
  • 19 Sep 2014

Price €20 members, students and unemployed/ €40 non-members

Dr Lisa O'Reilly's workshop will provide valuable tools and techniques for professionals who engage with children about personal and sensitive issues.

 

4.5 CPD points have been awarded for this event

 

The waiting list is now closed. 

Price includes lunch, refreshments and materials.

 

The training programme is evidence based and aims to promote the following areas of practice:

  • Commitment to establishing a child-friendly environment
  • To increase confidence around engaging with children
  • To gain an understanding of the child’s world at their pace and level
  • To assess attachment relationships in an age-appropriate manner
  • To ensuring social work intervention a child-centred process
  • To represent the child’s voice in social work procedures
  • To promote job satisfaction and enthusiasm around frontline practice
  • To make meaningful engagement with children central to practice procedures

Lisa completed her PhD entitled “The Voice of Children in Social Work Assessments: What they Say? Or What they Play? in 2012 and the research was published in 2013. The main qualitative study involved the development and delivery of a Play Skills Training Programme. The programme was designed to support social workers in their engagement with children during child protection and welfare assessments. The social workers involved in this part of the study assessed the relevance of the training programme and found numerous improvements in their practice with regard to carrying out investigative interviews and direct work with children during the assessment process. The results of this Irish based research will be shared during the workshop. Although the focus of the research is on communicating with children during child protection and welfare assessments the workshop will provide valuable tools and techniques for all childcare professionals who engage with children about personal and sensitive issues. The skills shared in the workshop are applicable to optimal engagement with children in any setting. A wide range of research shows that non-directive engagement is the most respectful way to engage with children, to enter their world at their pace (Oaklander 1978, Kowproska 2010, Winter 2011, O’Reilly 2013). The workshop aims to support practitioners to find a balance to using both directive and non-directive techniques in their practice with children. 

10.00     Registration, tea and coffee

10.30 - 3.30     Seminar

  • THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED