Eating disorders: basic awareness training
This one-day eating disorders: Basic Awareness Training course is designed to increase awareness of eating disorders, with a focus on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. You will learn how to spot the signs of an eating difficulty and recognise when this may be transitioning into an eating disorder. There will be practical exercises and case studies throughout the day to help you put new knowledge and skills into practice. You will also learn about the impact of social media on eating disorders and some of the misconceptions and stigma this creates.17/07/2019
Infant mental health conference – conception to five
SLaM has a great deal of expertise in early childhood mental health which we would like to showcase at a one-day conference this coming Autumn.
Infant mental health refers to the child’s developing capacity to form close relationships, manage and express emotions, explore their environment, and learn. The capacity for self-regulation develops when parent/s/caregivers provide patterns of care that are growth-promoting, (e.g. sensitivity, attuned and contingent interaction, marked mirroring. etc). Infant mental health problems occur within the context of parent-infant/caregiver-infant relationships.
Awareness of infant mental health has become more prominent in recent years and the government now recognises the importance of promoting mental health and wellbeing in the infant population. The recent joint meeting of the Conception to Age 2 and Children’s APPGs focusing on emotional wellbeing in the early years, highlighted the importance of early parent/child relationships, skilling up the workforce to understand trauma-informed care, and better joint working between local agencies.
This event will provide a policy, research, and clinical update on our work within infant mental health and it will spotlight some of the infant mental health services and innovative practice happening in SLaM. In the afternoon, participants will have the option to register for several masterclasses on evidence-based interventions for under-fives.
The Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH UK) Infant Mental Health Competencies Framework (IMHCF).
AIMH UK recently published their competency framework. It has been developed for all staff working with infants and their parent/s/caregivers from pregnancy to the second year of life to support them to promote healthy infant development. The IMHCF lists a number of competencies over three levels. The three levels distinguish between (1) general knowledge and skills, (2) advanced knowledge and skills, and (3) the knowledge and skills required to supervise and manage.
Circle of Security
Circle of Security implements decades of attachment research in an accessible step-by-step process consisting of eight chapters. The programme enables carers and foster parents to understand the child’s emotional world by learning to read their children’s ‘cues’ and ‘miscues’.
The second half of the programme gradually encourages foster parents to reflect on their own experiences of being parented and to consider which of their children’s needs/feelings are more difficult for them to attend to. The programme enables carers to support their children with their emotional needs and to be bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind.
Child-parent psychotherapy (CPP)
CPP is an intervention for infants and young children who have experienced abuse, violence, and other forms of trauma, causing them to lose trust in the safety of relationships. CPP aims to support and strengthen the caregiver-child relationship to repair the behavioural and mental health difficulties of the child and help them to return to a normal developmental trajectory. When working with parents, this intervention can help them to accept responsibility and understand the impact that the abuse has had on their child. Within sessions the clinician will name how the child or dyad might be feeling, creating an environment wthin which feelings can be shared and can be experienced as safe. This can lead to the child learning to cue their needs and the carer understanding how best to meet these needs.07/08/2019