Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. The workshop provides frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Workshop content is evidence-based and focuses on decision making which balances safety with least intrusive intervention.
The focus of this workshop is on working optimistically but realistically with families. In circumstances where the issues faced by a family are inter-related, assessing the impacts of the multiple issues is a challenge, and deciding what particular intervention could help make a difference can be difficult. This workshop considers integrated responses, working collaboratively with specialist services, and how to work with family members towards change.
Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant to child protection workers in government and community agencies, including investigation and assessment services, intensive family support, statutory intervention services, and alternative care and reunification services, as well as other intensive family workers who have the well-being of children as a focus.
You’ll learn more about:
- What is “complexity” and what are the implications for your professional practice?
- A framework for working “hope-fully” with families when issues appear overwhelming
- The impacts upon children and young people of multiple family issues, including indicators of high risk
- Assessing for strengths in the midst of chaos
- The nature of change and the use of motivational strategies to promote change
- Key factors that promote resilience
- Planning for relapse as part of recovery
- Avoiding the dangers of “overly-optimistic” responses