Understanding the power of defensive processes when working with babies, young children and their parents. Presented by Dr Amanda Jones, Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist. Friday, May 26th 2017, the Bessborough Centre, Cork

February 7, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Amanda Jones (Help me love my Baby  Channel 4 and  All Babies Count RSPCC documentaries) to present on the challenges of working with parents of babies and very young children.

 

These challenges affect any professional  working with parents in adversity and Dr Jones  will explore how our responses to the increasing risk around these families  is influenced and affects our practice both in helpful and unhelpful ways.

 

Anyone who works with families in adversity will benefit professionally as Amanda takes us on a reflective journey of increased understanding of oneself and one’s clients in this work.

This workshop is aimed at all professionals dealing with parents of babies and very young children who suffer from mental illness, addiction, domestic violence and  or social exclusion and isolation, such as homelessness or cultural displacement.   

 

We are delighted to welcome Amanda Jones (Help me love my Baby Channel 4 and All Babies Count RSPCC  documentaries) to present on the challenges of working with parents of babies and very young children. These challenges affect any professional working with parents in adversity and Dr Jones will explore how our responses to the increasing risk around these families is influenced and affects our practice both in helpful and unhelpful ways.Anyone who works with families in adversity will benefit professionally as Amanda takes us on a reflective journey of increased understanding of oneself and one’s clients in this work.This workshop is aimed at all professionals dealing with parents of babies and very young children who suffer from mental illness, addiction, domestic violence and or social exclusion and isolation, such as homelessness or cultural displacement.

 

Friday, May 26th 2017, the Bessborough Centre, Cork

 

FEE: €90 visit Eventbrite.ie to register and make your payment -

 

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-power-of-defensive-processes-in-mental-health-work-with-babies-children-and-parents-tickets-31753053237

 

For more information, email: training@bessborough.ie,

call: 021 435 7730 

 

 

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Work with babies, young children and parents is particularly challenging when a baby and/or small child’s basic emotional needs are not being met. When risks are even higher, the strain of worrying increases for those clinicians and practitioners who are trying to help.  Defensive processes are roused both in the parents and in the professional network.  It is natural to try to protect ourselves from the emotional and psychic pain that comes with such intimate encounters.

 

This workshop will look in close detail at how a mother’s defensive processes can create chaos in her child’s forming personality. Participants will explore how these unconscious dynamics, which are central to complex perinatal cases, are, inevitably, roused in clinicians working with these families.  Our responses, informed by our own histories work in tandem with the mother/father/baby/small child. In these situations practitioners can feel overwhelmed emotionally, and this can impact upon thinking and reflective capacities. Or they can examine and use their own responses as valuable clues.  Dr Amanda Jones will present papers exploring these themes.  

 

There will be opportunities to process the material in small groups with Amanda and experienced facilitators. The aim of the day is for the participants to have time to look after themselves by furthering their understanding about what goes on for them when trying to help difficult situations. This event is relevant to all professionals working with parents and families in the perinatal period; midwives, obstetricians, social workers, public health nurses, GP’s, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychologists. Places are limited so book early.

 

Dr Amanda Jones is strategic and clinical lead and consultant perinatal psychotherapist for NELFT NHS Foundation Trust's Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service (PPIMHS). This is the largest community perinatal service of its kind in the UK and offers psychiatric and psychotherapy treatment to pregnant women and their partners experiencing serious mental/emotional illness during pregnancy and up until the baby reaches three years of age. The team is made up of perinatal psychotherapists, perinatal psychiatrists, and perinatal community mental health practitioners. Amanda trained as a systemic therapist. Her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre/UEL studied how mothers' use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby's development. In collaboration with Channel 4 and the Anna Freud Centre, Amanda was the therapist in the series Help Me Love My Baby, winner of the Royal Television Society's best educational programme. Amanda speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of understanding and helping perinatal mental/emotional illness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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