- Free CPD Events Announced for 2015
- Following on from the success of our free CPD events in 2014, a series of free events has now been confirmed for 2015. These one day CPD sessions will provide delegates with a background in our Restorative Parenting® practice model and how Halliwell deliver the model in our residential, education and fostering settings with oversight from our clinical team to achieve significantly improved outcomes for looked after children.
The dates and locations for events are as follows:
19th May - Blackburn and Darwen
23rd June - Sheffield
21st July - Leeds
18th August - Manchester
22 September - Liverpool
20th October - York
24th November - Salford
Attendees to last year's events gave the following feedback:
“Very interesting and informative and very well presented..much food for thought”
"I intend to share what I have learnt today to my team. It is very beneficial for my practice."
The events are free and lunch is provided on the day. Places are very limited and priority booking will be offered to local authority colleagues in the first instance. To apply to attend please download and complete this form (click here) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of our team will then contact you in due course to confirm whether you have been allocated a place.
- Closing the academic achievement gap for looked after children
- Professionals from across the education and health care sector attended the event at the University of Leeds to learn about the Restorative Parenting® model and how it's implementation improves academic achievement within the looked after sector.
Unfortunately, it is a proven statistic that looked after children do not achieve the same level of grades as their peers. This workshop looked at addressing this imbalance by understanding the causes before outlining an effective plan to aid our children to improve their educational achievements.
Educational Psychologist, Dr Margaret Bullock, explained how attachment theory, trauma recovery and positive psychology underpin the organisations' practice model. Within this she discussed the works of Rutter, Rohner, Cairns and Seligman and how their theories support Restorative Parenting.
Head of Education, Mathew Hargreaves, followed this thought provoking and informative session with his presentation on how the theory translates into practice. His lively session brought a series of questions on the feasibility of the programme which were evidenced with real life examples, educational trajections and improved levels of learning for looked after children.
"Very informed and experienced speakers." Anon, delegate.
"Far exceeded my expectations with practical knowledge that I can implement." Anon, delegate.
- Implementing Restorative Parenting into residential practice
- “Interesting and thought provoking. Very knowledgeable and passionate speakers.”
The University of Liverpool hosted the latest Halliwell CPD day: Implementing Restorative Parenting® into residential practice. This introductory course provided a background to the Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme and the model on which it is based, the Pillars of Parenting.
Dr Chris Robinson, Clinical Psychologist commenced the training day with his presentation: 'Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children who have suffered trauma through neglect, abuse and rejection'. He explored the importance of attachment, relationships, use of vocabulary and positive self perception. Within this he introduced the audience to the Pillars of Parenting, prior to exploring the latest research and studies on Predictive Adaptive Response and Toxic Childhood Stress. How higher levels of abuse and lower levels of parental warmth are associated with poorer health outcomes.
Practice Director Karen Mitchell-Mellor continued the session by examining and explaining what we as professionals know and recognise about working with children and how best practice is applied via people, procedure, environment and materials. Through these four areas the model acknowledges key aspects such as the importance of knowing the child, celebrating successes of the child and encouraging goals and ambitions.
Real life examples, current issues and personal experiences were explored and discussed throughout the day with honest and open accounts shared between the delegates and speakers alike.
"Excellent and stimulating course that has excited my need to change practice."
For further information on our next CPD training event, Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting, please contact email@example.com.
- Restorative Parenting workshop in Birmingham
- "Informative, good knowledge and skill within the team, positive drive to supporting children."Halliwell joined forces once again with the Pillars of Parenting to deliver an "Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model into Residential Practice" training session at the University of Birmingham. The event was a combination of theoretical and practical based workshops with delegates from across the sector sharing experiences and knowledge.Key speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, and Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director at Halliwell took the group on a reflective journey of parenting; how we as professional practitioners working in the care sector deliver recovery to the children in our residential homes. Colin introduced the Emotional Warmth Model of Professional Childcare, a practice model used by both organisations which looks at a variety of behaviours and what good parenting should look like. Hot topics included appropriate attachment, secure relationships and the ability to identify strengths and positive traits of all children, no matter how challenging their exhibiting behaviour is.Karen followed Colin's presentation with discussions and examples of how Halliwell have used this model in practice integrating the environment, people, processes and materials to develop a psychologically led Restorative Parenting® Recovery Programme called Restorative Parenting®. This specialist programme is designed for pre-adolescents who begin their pathway to recovery with an intensive period in a residential setting before progressing to a life long fostering home."Brilliant! Well organised, effective use of time, very knowledgeable speakers. Finally practitioners who echo my values and beliefs re holistic care and parenting." Anon Delegate
- Halliwell attends 25th Annual International Trauma Conference
"The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development." (www.pesi.com)
This week has seen the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference hosted in Boston Massachusetts. The focus of the event has been on the discoveries over the past 25 years related to traumatic stress and the subsequent treatment. Halliwell Directors Andrew Constable and Karen Mitchell-Mellor are in attendance to explore recent research findings on how children's brains, minds and bodies respond to traumatic experiences and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation."This was a great opportunity to meet the leading psychologists, psychiatrists and theorists whose work has informed the Restorative Parenting model which Halliwell uses to improve the psychological well being of children in the looked after sector. We are looking forward to developing these, and further connections in the future in order to further enhance our recovery programme." (Andrew Constable, Halliwell Director)
- Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model - Liverpool
- How can you help a child who has suffered an emotional trauma? How can you build trusting relationships with children in your care? Why are some children unaware of the consequences of their actions?
These are just some of the areas which were covered in this week's CPD training event, Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model which was held at Liverpool John Moore University. Halliwell, in conjunction with the Pillars of Parenting, run a series of workshops which address topical issues concerning children in the looked after sector.
This month's session focussed on using the model in residential care, discussing the reasons why children in care react and respond in recognised ways before addressing the reasons why and how existing practices can be amended for the benefit of the child.
Experienced speakers Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, with Karen Mitchell-Mellor and Andrew Constable, Directors of Halliwell, used their depth of knowledge and first hand experiences to guide fellow sector colleagues through the day which included presentations, group activities and lively discussions.
"Really enjoyed the day, it has given me avenues to pursue and will help me develop my everyday practice."
For further information on our next CPD training event, Integrating theory into practice, developing Foster Carer Skills, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.