Psychodynamic Therapy with Children, Young people and their Parents: Finding meaning not pathology
A One Day Workshop at London with Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven
Designed to be of practical value to psychotherapists, psychologists, child psychiatrists and family mental health practitioners, this workshop by Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven makes a fundamental assumption that all behaviour has meaning and is always a communication. With this as a starting point, the workshop explains why assessment and therapeutic communication with children, parents and young people shouldn’t commence with the uncovering of pathology but rather with a comprehension of behaviour and its meanings. Such an approach requires us, as practitioners to have a firm grasp of the core developmental task at different ages and stages. Through illustrative case vignettes, experiential exercises and examples from her clinical work in UK & Australia, Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven helps both new practitioners and those with many years of experience to:
- focus on development and meaning in our therapeutic interactions, enabling us to identify what constitutes the unifying experience for all children and young people, rather than what sets them apart from each other
- apply this developmental approach to understanding behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence including Attention Deficit Disorder, depression and conduct disorders
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Gain insight into a psychodynamic approach to child and family development
- Have an understanding of the emotional milestones of development and the core developmental task
- Understand the impact of separation, loss and trauma on development and the presenting problem
- Gain an introduction to assessment, diagnostic and case management skills
- Recognise the importance of community connections in therapeutic work with children and young people
Overall, the course applies a developmental approach to allow comprehension of behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence; while enabling us to develop sound assessment, diagnostic and case management skills, promote therapeutic dialogue and improve inter-professional communications.
About the Speaker:
Dr Ruth Schmidt Neven is a child psychotherapist and clinical psychologist. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London and worked for many years in child and family mental health in the UK National Health Service. In the UK she was a pioneer in parent support and education and co-founder and director of the national organisation Exploring Parenthood. Ruth came to Australia to take up the inaugural position of Chief Child Psychotherapist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is now director of the Centre for Child and Family Development and is engaged in clinical work as well as extensive professional training throughout Australia and overseas. She has run training programmes for the University of Cambridge Child Wellbeing Forum and at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her workshop on Attachment Across the Life Cycle is run regularly for the Australian Psychological Society. Ruth is a regular contributor to nscience workshops having run a one-day workshop on Attachment as a Relational Construct, a workshop on Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children, Parents and Young People and a webinar on Living Psychodynamically.
Ruth’s publications include Core Principles of Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families (Routledge, 2010), Emotional Milestones: Development frombirth to adulthood which was in continuous publication for nearly twenty years. She is principal author of Rethinking ADHD: An Illness of Our Time (Allen & Unwin 2000) which has been translated into Japanese. Her latest book in press to be published by Routledge is Time-Limited Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents: An Integrative Approach. Ruth’s e book for parents Growing Kids: Nurturing relationships from tots to teens is now available in paperback.
10:00AM: Session 1: Opening experiential exercise: what does development mean to us?
10:15AM: Session 2: What is a child and family centred approach? Utilising a psychodynamic approach to understand behaviour and find meaningful solutions to problems
11:00AM Session 3: Emotional Milestones: Understanding the core developmental task for children, parents and families
11:30AM Coffee Break
11:45AM: Session 3 continued: Emotional Milestones: Understanding the core developmental task, including typical problems of early childhood and their impact on later life
1:00PM: Session 4: Finding the child in behavioural and conduct disorders
2:10PM: Session 5: Core principles of assessment, therapeutic communication and case management with children, parents and young people: an introduction
3:15PM Coffee Break
3:30PM: Applying our learning in therapeutic work
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