Attachment and Relationship-based Practice Training
Devised and delivered by Professor David Shemmings, University of Kent and Royal Holloway, University of London and Yvonne Shemmings, Independent Continuous Professional Development Specialist
” The Attachment and Relationship-based Practice (ARP) Training was established in 2009 to help
practitioners in child protection and welfare services feel more confident about assessing risk and
then, more importantly, helping parents/carers to be more nurturing and sensitive to their children.
Since then we have trained over 6500 professionals in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia.
We have also spoken to well over 14,000 delegates at conferences and seminars.” David and Yvonne
David and Yvonne’s work has grown and evolved and is now accessible to more practitioners and students –
Since 2009 three complete books, two edited books and a number of chapters and articles have been written about the project; David also supervises eight PhD students, four of whom are engaged in research directly connected with the project.
“We have also written web-based materials for Research in Practice and Community Care Inform and here is a link to a webinar David did in 2015 for Community Care Inform (http://www.ccinform.co.uk/guides/webinar-using-attachment-theory-more-confidently/).”
Their carefully researched practice continues to further influence National Guidance and Current Good Practice –
David was a member of the team that produced the NICE guidelines on Attachment and Looked-after Children in November 2015
“Anecdotally, experienced practitioners regularly tell us that using the skills and ideas leads to more accurate and speedy assessments, because they help practitioners focus on the ‘right things in the right place’. The sometimes considerable, amount of time saved doing this can be used to help families, using direct work techniques with parents and children alike.” David
What does the training comprise of ?
“The ARP training runs over four sessions with 4 – 6 weeks in between each one to give participants a chance to practice what for most, will be new skills and ideas.
We ask you during the intervening 4-6 weeks to begin to practise these skills and ideas, because it is impossible to use role play during the training (as you will see). Instead we use lots of film clips and practice-related examples to demonstrate the skills and ideas.
We also provide examples of how to record your assessments, to work with increased confidence. Some of the skills and ideas are drawn from established techniques and we will be clear with you about what you can and cannot say in reports and family-related meetings about them.
What we are aiming to do during the four days is ‘deepen and strengthen’ your working knowledge of attachment theory and research especially around what can lead to the disorganisation of the attachment system and its consequences.
What we also cover is how and why the relationship practitioners have with families is, without doubt, the most powerful vehicle for lasting change.“
Who provides the training?
– Professor David Shemmings OBE, PhD, MSW, Adv Dipl in Ed Studies, DMS, BEd
– Yvonne Shemmings MA (by research), AQWA, DMS, CQSW
The Facebook closed group and webinars will be supported by Elevate Training and Development with social workers obtaining a certificate for 4 months of ongoing HCPC recognised CPD by completion of the reflective log – see below for an example.
Course dates: This year’s course will start in September
Friday 16 September 9am -5pm
Friday 14 October 9am -5pm
Thursday 17 November 9am -5pm
Friday 9 December 9am -5pm
Venue: London tbc
Cost : £875
To join the waiting list please fill in the form
What previous participants have said about the course:
“Attachment theory is integral to understanding, helping and supporting children and their families. Social Work engagement with children and their families is also about relationships.
I have learned so much about the significant impact of adult relationships on parenting and how important attachment is for the mental health and well-being, of children and their families.
This course has helped me to increase my confidence in the assessment and analysis of parent child relationships. I also now have a better understanding of concepts such as mentalization, and how the unresolved issues of loss and the impact of trauma can produce disconnected parenting.
This course has helped me to improve my skills and be more effective in understanding, helping and supporting families. The opportunity to have such an intimate and open framework for the delivery of this course provided much needed questioning of techniques, clarification on the practical attempts on the guided parenting tools. The video viewings of David and Yvonne Shemmings direct work skills with the parents and children was priceless as was the offer to continue to support us as attendees in our future practice using these tools. The webinars are a new way of working for me, however it was a brilliant way of connecting in-between the sessions with attendees who lived many miles away. the posting of the presentations and webinars in a private Facebook setting was a brilliant way of preserving the work we all contributed.
I will be on the look out for further courses that as an independent consultant are not afforded to me in my temporary roles with local authorities”
“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It provides the perfect framework to understand and explore attachment theory and how it looks in practice, from the point of view of a social work practitioner. During the duration of the course you are encouraged to use the techniques learned and you are supported thorough. The course comprises four one day meetings, which are extremely stimulating, and then it is followed up with a webinar to discuss the practice of the theory learned. It also provides reading material but it is up to you to develop the learning as much as you want. Having the presence of David and Yvonne and direct access to their knowledge in this field, is certainly priceless. I am now much more aware about how to write about attachment theory in a meaningful way and to put into practice some of the techniques. I would certainly recommend this course to my colleagues. “
Read David’s article in the Guardian