The aim of this workshop is to equip practitioners and managers with the skills and knowledge to work more confidently with parents who are displaying complex and challenging behaviour. Parents may have experienced their own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) resulting from intergenerational destructive parental conflict/domestic abuse and often struggle to acknowledge their behaviour is harming the children. They can feel judged and blamed and often withdraw from support or practitioners may be fearful of making things worse and only focus on the presenting symptoms. This programme will empower front line practitioners to confidently probe deeper using professional curiosity and overcome their fears by:

  • Recognising the difference between Coercive Control, Situational Violence and Destructive Parental Conflict
  • Identifying and responding to the signs of Parental Alienation
  • Exploring how unconscious bias can be a barrier to achieving positive outcomes
  • Approaching the conflict through a Trauma Lens
  • Engaging more confidently with “challenging parents”
  • Incorporating Social Graces into their work to build rapport with parents and children
  • Confidently capturing the child’s voice by identifying their role and experience within the conflict
  • Providing de-escalation strategies to improve constructive communication between parents

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