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Hidden dynamics: the emotional experience of working with children and adolescents


14/11/2019 09:30






About this event

Why do some children and adolescents affect us as practitioners more than others? This can interfere with our ability to think clearly about their needs and remain objective, or it can simply be unsettling or distressing to us as human beings. Repeated exposure to difficult emotional experiences like this can be part of the path to burnout. So how do we hold on to our intentions to be helpful, empathic and effective workers and carers?

This training will explore the ‘hidden dynamics’ in child and youth work which play out under the surface of the behaviour we can see and describe. It will provide ways of thinking from psychodynamic practice to be more aware of both the feelings of the child or young person, and also the strong reactions that are provoked in us as practitioners.

Key learning:

  • Understanding what constitutes the ‘hidden dynamics’ between a worker and client
  • How to re-think and re-frame difficult relationships with young people and their families
  • Understanding our own responses,through reflective practice and awareness of the body and non-verbal reactions
  • Learning to protect ourselves and our personal lives through enhanced self-awareness, and professional support from others.

Facilitator Bio

Dr Debbie Hindle 

Debbie is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic.  For ten years, she was Head of the Clinical Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and worked clinically in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Glasgow for children who were fostered or adopted. She has worked extensively with, and written about, children and young people who have suffered trauma. Her written works include three co-edited books – Personality Development: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (1999); The Emotional Experience of Adoption: A Psychoanalytic Perspective (2008); and Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental and Systemic Approach (2014).

Gita Ingram 

Gita is a graduate of the Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People Course at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations. A trained occupational therapist she is currently a sessional trainer with Human Development Scotland, facilitator of reflective practice groups at CAMHS and supervisor to a number of play therapists.  She was previously Team Leader of Edinburgh Connect, a specialist CAMHS team for looked after and accommodated children (LAAC) and, earlier, a Head Occupational Therapist in CAMHS.  Gita has substantial and varied experience of CAMHS work with children, families and carers, and of supervision and consultation to staff in the NHS, social work and educational settings.  Her work in Edinburgh Connect deepened her understanding of the devastating effect on children’s development of chronic trauma and neglect and widened her perspective on the role of assessment and therapy within the care system.  She has written on psychodynamic approaches and play, and is based in the Edinburgh area.

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