Trauma-Informed Parenting Capacity Assessment
What you'll learn
- Identify the psychological processes underpinning abuse and neglect and how these can be identified to inform decision making about children's care needs..
- Organise information to make trauma responsive decisions about the parent’s capacity to care for the child using the Psychological Parenting Capacity Checklist.
- Identify clinical information required to determine the care needs of the child and the parent's sensitivity to these needs.
- Determine the safety of the context within which the parent-child relationship takes place.
- No experience needed. The course explains a framework that can be applied to decision making about parenting capacity.
The course describes how children are harmed by parents who abuse them, psychological factors that cause harmful parenting and what information about the parent-child relationship is required to make trauma-informed decisions about the child’s care. It is orientated around an evidence-based clinical approach primarily informed by contemporary attachment theory as a way of conceptualizing the parent-child relationship.
· Explains the psychological processes underpinning abuse and neglect and how these can be identified to inform decision making.
· Identifies relevant clinical information required to determine the care needs of the child, the sensitivity of the parent to the child’s needs and the safety of the context within which the parent-child relationship takes place.
· Describes the Psychological Parenting Capacity Checklist, a framework designed to aid decision-making through organisation of clinical information available and to determine whether further assessment is required to make trauma-responsive decisions about the parent’s capacity to care for their child.
Part one describes what trauma is and the relational nature of attachment trauma, which occurs when parents abuse or neglect their child.
Part two outlines the causes of parenting difficulties and their impact on the child.
Part three identifies what information needs to be gathered to inform decision making and describes the Psychological Parenting Capacity Checklist which can be used to make trauma-informed decisions about children’s care arrangements.
The course is relevant to those involved in making or contributing to legal decisions about a parent’s capacity to safely care for their child. This includes legal professionals, social workers, and mental health practitioners.
Who this course is for:
- The course is relevant to those involved in making or contributing to legal decisions about a parent’s capacity to safely care for their child. This includes legal professionals, social workers, and mental health practitioners.
- The course has been designed to add essential trauma-informed psychological thinking to practitioners’ processes when carrying out parenting capacity assessments. And to inform non- practitioner decision makers what exactly a psychological parenting capacity assessment is and how it can be used to inform decisions.
Dr Chris Burke qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. He primarily works as an expert witness for the family courts offering psychological opinion related to residential and contact (visitation/family time) arrangements. He has undertaken numerous medico-legal reports and is experienced in providing evidence in court.
Chris co-developed the Safe and Meaningful Contact Guidelines to identify whether the contact system (child, carer and birth parent) is being supported to achieve safe and meaningful contact for the child. Training is available online through my website.
Chris provides training to legal decision-makers, practitioners working with care-experienced children and caregivers (such as adopters, kinship carers, special guardians, and foster carers) to develop understanding of the benefits and risks associated with what contact means to the child.
He is experienced in working with adults and children experiencing psychological distress. Chris spent seven years working at the Centre for the Vulnerable Child, a specialist service for traumatised children. He has completed extensive continuing professional development.
As well as assessing and treating a range of psychological problems in children, young people and adults, Chris provides consultation and supervision to professionals seeking to understand the psychological needs of their clients.