In-Contact Training

 

EXPANDING YOUR EMOTIONAL TOOLKIT

Please take note that this practical workshop will not be registered for CPD points
Start off the new year with a creative workshop to expand your emotional tool kit for 2020. During this practical workshop we will look at various practical tools that can be used in therapy to help children with:
Emotional Awareness
Emotional Regulation
Brain stem Calmers
Grounding

This is not a theoretical session but rather a practical creative workshop. Together we will make various practical tools from fragrance clay, sensory jars, rain-makers en emotional aids and grounding kits that can be used in therapy with children. All materials supplied.
 

BOTTOM-UP: Brain-based approach to understanding emotional regulation and trauma

SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course focusses on equipping individuals with a theoretical understanding of the impact of trauma (including attachment trauma) on the functioning of the brain. The training will further equip individuals with hands-on ideas and techniques following a brain-based sequential approach to emotional regulation as a foundation for all trauma work with children and adults.
 

INTRODUCTION TO CHILD ASSESSMENT & SOCIO-EMOTIONAL ASSESSMENT OF CHILDREN

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 25 CPD
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course offers the delegate a systematic assessment model through which the child’s functioning, in all the spheres of his life, can be evaluated. Within the assessment model the following topics are covered:

Comprehensive observational screen of motor, perceptual and language development of the child;
Evaluation of attachment and emotional needs of the child;
The child’s emotional experience of his/her peer group and school;
The child’s emotional experience of his relationship with his/her parents and siblings;
The child’s emotional experience of his/her parent’s marriage relationship;
Screening for possible trauma (including sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcohol abuse etc.) in the child’s life;
Evaluation of the functioning of the child’s temperament and self-esteem;
Evaluation of relationships that cause possible discomfort for the child.

This is a child-friendly approach where age-appropriate aids are used to obtain the necessary information. This information enables the professional to give recommendations about the use of further investigations and/or the planning of relevant therapeutic processes.
 

FACILITATING THE CHILD’S DISCLOSURE: An introduction to sexual abuse

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 8 CPD
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course is aimed at all professionals working with children, to equip them with interview skills to facilitate the child’s disclosure of abuse. In socio-emotional evaluations and therapy or even other interactions with the child it may happen that the child begins to tentatively or actively disclose sexual abuse. This course will provide the professional with the necessary interview skills, questioning techniques and media to assist the child in disclosing abuse. The following aspects is covered by this course:

Understanding the dynamics of sexual abuse;
Facilitating the child’s disclosure of sexual abuse;
Interviewing and questioning techniques in exploring the child’s disclosure of abuse;
Media that the interviewer may use to facilitate the child’s disclosure of abuse
Overview of the legal and ethical obligations in sexual abuse
The way forward after disclosure.

This course is a must for anyone who works with children – social workers, counsellors, play therapist, psychologist, occupational therapist and teachers. Please take note that this course is in no way a substitute for comprehensive training in forensic investigations. This training is aimed at professionals who in their daily interaction with children, may be faced with a disclosure of abuse.
 

NURTURING ATTACHMENTS: A THERAPEUTIC PARENTNG PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH ATTACHMENT DIFFICULTIES

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 17 CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
A step by step structured program providing theory-based strategies for therapeutic parenting for children with attachment difficulties. We have come to understand that Attachment Therapy between parents and children are not effective if we have not first established the necessary foundation with parents in both understanding their own attachment histories and creating an attachment mindset with the parent prior to starting individual attachment therapy. The course provides delegates with a sound theoretical knowledge base on attachment, a structure for a group work (or individual) program with parents as well as practical hands-on skills and techniques for individual sessions between parents and children to facilitating secure attachment. Course is presented over two block weeks focusing on:

Week 1: Laying the foundation (Attachment focused therapeutic parental guidance for group work and/or individual sessions)
Week 2: Therapeutic program for attachment therapy between parents and children
 

INTERACTIONAL ANALYSIS

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 5
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course enables delegates to conduct an evaluation of parent-child interaction consisting out of a pre-assessment interview, interactional analysis and post assessment interview. The purpose of this evaluation is to obtain information about the parent-child interaction, strengths and weaknesses in the relationship and to evaluate attachment and parental skills.
In more specific terms, the course enables the social worker to gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills in:
Various models of assessing parent-child interaction;
To interview the adults concerned in a pre- and post-observational interview e.g. parents, caregivers;
To integrate information about the parent-child relationship obtained from the parent, child and the assessment;
To determine the strengths and weaknesses of the parent-child relationship;
To assess parent-child attachment;
To assess parental skills;
To plan for effective service-rendering to parents and children (including foster care placements and reunification services).

Delegates will also receive an observational evaluations structure as well as an interview structure for the pre- and post-observational interviews.
 

EFFECTIVE REPORT WRITING

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 7 SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
Effective report writing is a crucial skill when working in any psycho-legal context. Regardless of how good practitioners are in the assessment or therapy of children – the report they submit is often the only physical evidence of their work and thus the saying “You are only as good as your last report”. This course will enable practitioners with knowledge and skill to write effective, neutral and objective reports in line with their given mandate. Training is presented over two sessions during which the following aspects will be covered:

Basic skills in report writing
Making sense of your raw data
Considering alternative hypotheses
The role of literature in the report
Solid objective recommendations
Practical component of submitting own report and critical evaluation of a report
 

UNDERSTANDING AND WORKING WITH SHAME

Presented by Dr. Barbara Wade
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of self, withdrawal, feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness and worthlessness. To work effectively with shame, we need to understand the neurobiological process as well as the interpersonal factors at play. This discussion group and supervision session will look at the theoretical concepts surrounding shame and practical ways in which it can be shifted and transformed both in therapy and through parental guidance. Aspects that will be covered during the group session:

Developmental perspective on shame;
Shame as neurobiological shutdown;
PRACTICAL exercises on shifting the biological patterns in shame to bring resolution;
Working with attachment as a resource;
Group discussion.
 

STRUCTURED TRAUMA THERAPY FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 9 CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course offers the delegate with a systematic structured approach to trauma therapy for victims of abuse. In this course the delegates will be equipped with knowledge and practical therapeutic skills as part of a phased approach to trauma therapy. Model consist out of three phases:

Phase 1: Motivation for therapy, emotional stabilization and support
Phase 2: Trauma work
Phase 3: Reconnection in the here and now
 

FORENSIC INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 25 CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
This course offers delegates with a sound knowledge base on forensic investigations into allegations of sexual abuse. Course delegates are equipped with the necessary knowledge regarding sexual abuse and forensic investigations to complete a thorough forensic investigation which includes not only the assessment of the child concerned, but also a thorough collateral investigation and finalizing the process. The following aspects are covered during the course:

Understanding sexual abuse – dynamics and theory
Legislation pertaining to sexual abuse
Difference between forensic work and clinical work
Different models in forensic investigations
Various protocols in conducting a forensic interview with the child
Extended forensic investigation process
Principles in questioning children and areas of inquiry in abuse disclosures
Use of media and techniques in forensic investigations
Finalizing the process: collateral investigation / alternative hypothesis / drawing conclusions
Ethical and practical issues
Report writing in sexual abuse matters

The course also includes a practical component where course delegates will practice various techniques and interview protocols.
Please take note that successful completion of the socio-emotional assessment course is a pre-requisite for this training
 

ASSESMENT OF ATTACHMENT: A multi-method approach

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 10 CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
(Paarl)
This course offers the delegate with a systematic, multi-method assessment model through which the child’s attachment relationships and patterns with primary caregivers can be evaluated. The following topics are covered:
Defining attachment
Discussion of theory that underlines attachment and the formation of attachment
Neurobiology of attachment
Summary of the different attachment styles
Factors that influence the formation of secure attachment
Multi-method systems approach to effectively assess childhood attachment patterns
Suggested process of assessment within a holistic multi-method assessment model
Techniques in the assessment of the child
Techniques in the assessment of primary caregivers and historical assessment patterns
Use of collateral information in assessment of attachment
Drawing conclusions and making recommendations

This is a child-friendly approach where age-appropriate aids are used to obtain the necessary information. This information enables the professional to give recommendations regarding the use of further investigations and/or the planning of relevant therapeutic processes.
 

ADVANCED FORENSIC TRAINING

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 14 CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
FACT’s Advance Forensic Training is aimed at social workers and psychologist who have successfully completed the training in Forensic Investigations of Sexual abuse. The training will however also be valuable to social workers at welfare organizations dealing with sexual abuse on a regular basis. This course aims to address complex issues in dealing with sexual abuse investigations such as:

Ethical issues in Sexual Abuse Investigations
Assessing the Very Young Child – Developmentally Sensitive Assessments
Fantastic and Bizarre Elements in Children’s Disclosures of Sexual abuse
Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Divorce
Allegations of Sexual Abuse implicating Multiple Offenders
Non-disclosure in Sexual Abuse
Investigative pathways in false allegations of abuse
 

THERAPEUTIC SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT GROUPS

SACSSPS CPD Points 2019 = 6CPD points
SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
Our ever-popular group supervision and support groups are back for 2020. Includes short training on social work therapeutic practice followed by case studies and group supervision. Networking break in between the two session helps practitioners establish and build networking relationships with other professionals.
Dates, themes and presenters
27 February 2020 Neurobiological changes during the teenage years – implications for practice presented by Hanlie Boshoff (Narrative Pastoral Counsellor) 30 April 2020 Ethical and legally sound social work practice presented by Dr Louise Aucamp (FACT) 12 June 2020 Care and Contact for Beginners presented by Sarie Nell (Social Worker in Private Practice) 27 August 2020 Neurobiology of Internalizations presented by Dr. Louise Aucamp (FACT) 1 October 2020 Normal Sexual development in children. Development or Dilemma presented by Dr Louise Aucamp (FACT) 26 November 2020 Understanding the core principles underlying successful attachment therapy presented by Dr Louise Aucamp (FACT)
 

FORENSIC SUPERVISION AND SUPPORT GROUPS

SACSSPS CPD Points 2020 = Pending
Our forensic support and supervision groups are aimed at addressing the unique needs of social workers working in the psycho-legal field with the focus on forensic investigations into allegations of sexual abuse. Prior to each group delegates will receive and article or chapter on relevant forensic practice to read as preparation for the group. Group session will include a theoretical outline of the article and group discussion. Addressing ethical issues unique to the forensic field, followed by case studies and group supervision. Networking break in between the two session helps practitioners establish and build networking relationships with other professionals.

DATES AND THEMES 13 March 2020 The minefield of ethics in forensic practice: Towards ethical legally sound practice 21 May 2020 Forensic Interviewing: Literature review of Best Practices 30 July 2020 Role of Behavior Science Evidence in CSA Investigations and prosecution 16 September 2020 Bias and the potential dangers thereof in Forensic Evaluations 5 November 2020 Sexual Grooming: Implications for disclosure, assessment and the view of the court
 
 
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