This is an open space for carers or practitioners to bring specific issues they may be struggling with in relation to a specific child or adolescent. It gives carers and/ or practitioners an opportunity to follow their specific learning needs that may be more related to specific practical or interpersonal issues with the child or adolescent, and providing a space to explore these can help them to find their own solutions.
As a result of participating in these open forum sessions:
- participants can present their own specific learning needs and have a space to have these met through reflection and exploration
- carers and practitioners have an opportunity to share their struggles in their role safely within the group
- gain knowledge and insight as well as get support and encouragement from other carers/practitioners in the group
- through reflection gain greater insight and empathy for the child or adolescent which will help to build stronger relationships and enhance the child’s sense of trust and felt safety and security
- experience the value of a reflective space as a means to explore issues and to draw on their own capacities and resources to solve problems arising within their role
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RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy, Dip Clinical Supervision.
Over the past 17 years, Christina has worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents. This followed on from 20 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience includes the development of a multidisciplinary clinical service for families experiencing trauma and attachment problems who were reluctant to engage with main-stream social care and mental health services. From 2015-2017 Christina provided trauma consultancy to the clinical team developing a children’s service within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK.
She also delivers training on child development, trauma and attachment both within the NHS and other education and social care systems across the UK and Ireland. Her special interest is in early childhood development and the impact of trauma on a child’s developing capacities, functioning and behaviour. From her experience working with children who have endured developmental trauma characterised by neglect and abuse, she has found it necessary to use a comprehensive integrated approach in order to address the multiple complexities which such children present with.
Christina returned to live in Ireland in 2016 and currently works as a Developmental Trauma and Attachment specialist providing training, assessment and clinical interventions on behalf of Tusla Child and Family Agency and in independent practice with birth and adoptive families.